Release Date: October 4, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
My Thoughts: I started this book and couldn't put it down until I was finished! Completely and utterly finished. No breaks, no stops, no doing anything until I was done.
It's the future and a lot of things are different. We are introduced to Eve who will be graduating from an all girls school. She's top notch and will give a speech at the ceremony. Her life seems pretty good. She will soon learn new things and Eve and her friends are anxious for their futures. She will learn different trades in the City of Sand after graduation.
Ever since The Plague, people are restless. Girls are sent to these schools and taught that men are dangerous. They are not to be trusted.
So, when Eve stumbles upon what really happens after graduation, she's horrified. The future looked so good, until she realized what she and the rest of the girls would be doing next. Does the population need increased? YES!
She sets out and escapes from the school into the wild. She needs to get to Califia which is a safe haven for people like her. She ends up meeting an unlikely ally along the way and they head out to a safe haven together.
Things don't go expected as they stumble upon a boy named Caleb. Eve is hesitant to trust him or even talk to him but when her life is put in his hands, she has no other choice. Eve describes him as a dirty boy, and stinky when she meets him! This reminded me of how people don't always have soap and have to make do with what they got. And be happy, just to have simple things.
She goes back to his homestead and we get to see her develop a relationship with him and all the other boys who live there.
Eve and Caleb had such a precious relationship. I don't know how else to describe it. It was gentle, and caring, and oh so charming.
Things don't turn out exactly how I had hoped, and now I want the next book!
When I started this novel, I wasn't sure about it. Honestly, I didn't read much about it, because I didn't want to know what was going to happen. I wanted this one to be one of those that I heard a lot about when it came out awhile ago, but it just sat on my bookshelf until I was ready to read it. I picked it up, and started reading it, forgetting what the plot was about. Am I glad I did? YES YES YES!
Overall: When does the next book come out again? haha, not soon enough! Eve was an imaginative book of what the future could be like. I love these kind of books, because we see different aspects of what the world could hold, and some of them are very scary to really think about it. I really loved Eve and I can't wait to read more by Carey.
Cover: It's pretty! The colors just go together and the way the girl is looking out is just amazing. She knows something more is out there, but she's not sure what is.
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