Monday, October 3, 2011
"Eve" by Anna Carey
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
"Loving someone meant knowing that your life would be worse without them in it." That is one of the best descriptions, about what love means, that I have read. All through this book we are shown what a person is willing to do or risk, for someone they love. In this dystopian we are introduced to a world where the males and females are kept seperate. After the plague wiped out the majority of the worlds population, the orphaned children were taken by the government. The girls live in schools where they are prepared for their futures and taught to fear men. The boys are taken to labor camps to help build the City of Sand, which is the capital and residence of the King of New America.
After witnessing the escape of fellow student Arden and finding out some shocking truths about what School is really preparing them for, Eve manages to escape and find her way into the wild. After some long hard days, on her own, Eve finds Arden and convinces her they should travel together. While out hunting one afternoon the girls get seperated and Eve meets Caleb. She doesn't want to trust him because he is male, but after he saves her life, the girls let him take them to his camp. The boys in Caleb's camp hesitantly decide to let the girls stay and things are good for a short while. Of course, nothing is ever so simple. After some truly horrible experiences, Eve finds herself alone in the wild, once again.
Anna Carey did a great job portraying what life might be like, and how people might behave, when the genders have been seperated the majority of their lives. With the boys not used to having girls around and the girls being taught to mistrust the boys, there are some interesting dynamics amongst the group that find themselves together. When put in such an extreme situation, do we really know how we would behave towards others around us. Circumstances and emotions really shape how people handle themselves. The love story, that we see the beginnings of in this book, definitely has the potential to become epic and I love an epic romance. This first book definitely only scratches the surface of this world and the possibilities for what we will happen, in future books, are endless. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing this journey with Eve, Caleb and all the rest of the characters. I want to see how much more powerful love will become and what will happen because of it.