Eve by Anna Carey
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Summary: The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.
Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust...and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
The Good: The whole concept behind this book is actually really smart! I'm going to go ahead and spoil a plot point because it's revealed fairly early in the book. The girls of this dystopian world are wanted to repopulate New America, so they are forced into constant pregnancy. I mean, obviously that's a bad thing, but it's different and a new element to the all-too common overthrow of governments in dystopian novels. But the only other good element was that Eve was a flawed character, which I enjoyed. Too perfect heroines are boring.
The Bad: Too much insta-love between Caleb and Eve. :P Also, as a whole, I felt like this book just dragged on. Books that focus too much on a journey bore me. A couple obstacles that would stop the characters for long periods of time add interest. I also didn't connect to any of the characters, even Eve. There was also a lot of information that left me confused. I didn't understand the dystopian world very well, and I think Anna Carey didn't explain New America enough.
The Ugly: It's been a couple days since I read the book, and I've read another book in between, so it's hard to remember much inappropriate content. Romance teetered between the PG and PG-13 line, I believe. I don't think I caught a lot of bad language.
I unfortunately found this to be a dull read. The concept intrigued me, but the rest of the book didn't keep me interested.