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Eve (Eve #1)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  35,826 Ratings  ·  3,257 Reviews
Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth's population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before g
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by HarperCollins
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Instant Dystopia: Now With 50% Less Logic!

Start with your randomly selected future date at room temperature. Add an ambiguous Plague (capitalised is best). Stir briefly to create a drastic population reduction, thereby ensuring wombs are a hot commodity in your new society. Heavily indoctrinate your characters to keep them in line and create exploitative scenarios, especially for teenagers. Insert an Improbable and Unexplained System of Government.

Got Plausibility Problems? Just add Romance! (I
”He was a strange breed of man, part wild. Not the sophisticated kind who graced the pages of The Great Gatsby. Nor did he seem like the violent man I’d encountered on my first day in the wild. He had saved me, at least. I could only hope that it wasn’t for some nefarious purpose.”

High Points.
The idea…. I know people will be like ‘B-b-but it’s exactly the same as The Handmaid’s Tale’… but I’ve never read it sooo… I think Ms Carey did a great job at setting up this idea and it was incredibly cree
Yee gods, what a boring book. I literally felt my life fading away as I read it. It's not as if the prose is bad (because it isn't!) and it's not like the cover is ugly (because it isn't!) and it's not as if it's another Twilight (because it isn't!)...

But there's only so far you can go when you hate every single one of the characters.

I'll try again some day, kittens.

A Little Notie: Before, I said it's not like the plotline is crap, but actually, it is. I retract my earlier statement. The world-b
Dec 01, 2011 karen rated it liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
well, this is very telling.

i came over here to write the review for this book, and realized i couldn't find my copy of it. "no worries," i thought, "i will just write the review from my recollections of the text without using any quotes or anything..."


it's not that i don't have any memories of it - i do: innocence, arden, breeding, bear, radio, wild boys, freckles, pantry, bridge, love.

there. that's a review, right?

the book is fine, it just suffers from being ONE MORE in an already craz
Steph Sinclair

One of the first questions I ask myself when I'm reading a dystopian novel is, "Could I ever live in this world?" I can easily answer no for Eve. I can see this book having two distinctive effects on people: horrifying them and completely turning them off or intriguing them just enough to keep them reading. I'm happy to say I fell in the latter category.

Eve lives in a world that has been devastated by a deadly Plague leaving countless children orphans. As a result, the country is in disorder and
To say that Eve surprised me would be a massive, massive understatement. The only reason I picked up this book to begin with was because I have an ARC of Once, Eve's sequel, sitting around, and I felt bad for neglecting it. I had fairly low expectations before going into Eve, and quite honestly, I expected my rating at the end to be at most two or three stars, after reading some of the negative reviews that almost assured I would have a similar experience.

And I think it may be because of those
Re-read from 26th-29th Nov 2013

“You can love anyone. Love is just caring about someone very deeply. Feeling like that person matters to you, like your whole world would be sadder without them in it.”

GENRE: YA/DYSTOPIAN/ROMANCE (with bits of action)


Eve is set in the year 2032, 16 years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth's population. Males and females have been saparated ever since.

“Sometimes it seems like all the things I need to know, I do
Oct 25, 2011 J. rated it liked it
*low whistle* WOW. There is quite a bit of ragging on this book here.
I did a naughty thing. I picked this book to read, then looked at the reviews here. And did I ever TAINT my own mind!
So I immediately started off wanting to hate it and call it misogynistic. But guess what? I actually DIDN'T hate it!

Okay, so it's not the Mona Lisa of YA, but really, I don't think it deserves the one and two star ratings.

Here's the biggest thing to remember about this dystopian world:
The role of women in this
Oct 21, 2011 Mada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
I’ve just finished reading Eve and it was amazing.So touching and heartbreaking.I loved it.I coudn’t put this book down and I didn’t want it to end.I just can’t wait for the next novel.
Dec 30, 2012 Megan marked it as to-read
Never, ever , ever put a review from Lauren Kate on the front cover of your book.


'cause I'm pretty sure she would find looking at a wall a fabulous, fast paced , gripping event. And if not? then she could always go write an actual book worth reading.

Despite your stupid mistake Anna Carey, I will give your book a try. Maybe I will actually like it, I mean the idea is obviously there.

But to be honest?

Anything Lauren Kate finds good, I will probably end up wanting to throw it in fire amon
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
For being a young adult book, I really enjoyed this story. Yes, there were times that I wanted to slug Eve for the stupid decisions she made but I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt because of how innocent and naive she was raised....but....come on....some things were just unforgivable.

I got on this genre by spending my whole weekend watching The 100 episodes from the beginning and just had to read more stories like it.

Am I going to read the next book in this series? I'm not sure yet...
Nov 04, 2011 Kelly rated it it was ok
Eve by Anna Carey is light on the world-building as dystopias go. It’s not one of those books that offer an incisive commentary on some aspect of our existing culture. It’s more, “here’s a setting where things suck; now we have a backdrop for a romance/adventure story.” That’s not inherently bad. It just makes it a fluffy read, rather than a chilling one. Eve doesn’t possess the depth of books like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (which Carey quotes in the front matter) or George Orwell’s ...more
Aug 04, 2011 Isamlq rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-galley

There's potential here, but what comes to mind right now is Handmaid's Tale, even Wither. Except Eve is a pale version of those. Where all three possess elements of a society being rebuilt on the backs of unwanted, Eve lacks the deeper emotions and awareness that Handmaid's has; it also lacks the seamless, lush writing that Wither possesses. That said, Eve isn't a bad story despite some of the clumsy dialogue and sudden/abrupt shifts because right now it feels like to ended too soon.

The Short Guide of World Domination

(Purely theoretical, of course)

Step One : Find a nation that is ravaged by war, famine, a plague, or, ideally, all three at once. The more desolate, the more desperate people will be, and no-one will question your authority when you come promising peace.

Step Two : Stand by your promises, at least for the beginning. Always make people love you, because that way they will be less likely to follow some young philosopher who sees through your shit and tries
Dec 19, 2013 Krystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

This book begins with a sad letter from a desperate mother to her daughter, Eve. The letter is informative for the reader, telling of a terrible plague that will soon claim the mother's life and the mother's unshakable hope for her daughter's future. Flash forward to present day, much older, Eve; Eve is one of the brightest, prettiest, and inquisitive girls in her "School." The School contains girls who are supposedly there for intellectual purposes...alth
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review

Cover: Interesting
Rating PG
Thumbs Up 3.5
Overall: Frustrating.
Characters: Well written
Plot: Certainly interesting
Page Turner: Kind of
Series Cont.? Maybe
Recommend Maybe
Book Boyfriend: Caleb

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

Eve's story was different and compelling. Even though there were trouble points in the story/writing at times, I find myself interested enough to read more. My heart wrenched at the end and I have to say, Eve wasn't my favorite person at that point.

To see my full revi
Ana Mardoll
Apr 13, 2013 Ana Mardoll rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Eve / 9780062048509

I picked up "Eve" from Amazon Vine because it was sold to me as a cross between "The Handmaid's Tale" (which I love) and "The Hunger Games" (which I also love). That was, as we will see, a dirty lie designed by marketers with black holes where their souls should be. And now I'm stuck having to write a review for a book that I flung to the ground in disgust at about the halfway point. However! I am nothing if not interested in helping potential buyers decide whether or not to s
Sep 01, 2011 Nafiza rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, net-galley
You see, the trouble with the recent spate of dystopian novels (in the YA genre) is that after the initial two or three, they all start to blur into one another. Here's some advice for other budding writers out there from a voracious reader: If you are going to attempt to tell a story that is very similar to one that has already been told (and told spectacularly) either try to do something entirely different with the subject or better yet, write something entirely different. This is the problem ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Jenny marked it as to-read
When you put something as a cross between Romeo and Juliet and The Hunger Games you're either setting yourself up for an epic fail or an epic win.
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
[September 23rd, 2015] MINI RANT REVIEW WARNING

2.5 stars.

This was a slightly dull and painful read, I blame the Dystopian YA plague that has affect books for a while now. There's just too many of them and it's hard to get a little bit of diversity or rather unpredictability. Because let's face it, it's a Dystopian--the world *is* screwed up, massively! It's just how it's built upon and unfolds for the reader that makes the journey a bit different, also helps if you have an awesome cast accompany
Mimi Valentine
Rating: 3.5

It's no secret that I have a weakness for super-cool dystopian novels, so I knew I had to read Eve from the moment I heard about it — and I'm glad I did! Considering its insane competition, it's not the best dystopian I've ever read but it was still really enjoyable!

Anna Carey did an awesome job with making the world believable in that awful, gut-wrenching sort of way, which is so important in a dystopian book! It was gritty and dirty and full of such selfish people. Some parts actua
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This review shares a lot of early plot detail you might not want to know before reading the book.

On the eve of her graduation from School, Eve believes a golden future awaits her. At the top of her class, awarded the Medal of Achievement, she looks across the lake to the high blank wall of the building next door, where she and all the other girls at School will live for four years while they learn the trade of their choice, making them into contributing citizens for the King's City of Sand in Ne
The gist:

In the year 2036 plague has decimated the population, leaving children orphaned and the world in chaos. After being taken from her dying mother, Eve is taken to School at the age of five to live with other orphaned girls her age. She is taught the dangers of the outside world--wild dogs, disease, and the Dangers of Men--and given an education befitting that of a gently-reared Victorian lady. On the cusp of her graduation--as Valedictorian, natch--as she is preparing to go on to learn h
HD Tolson
Dec 30, 2011 HD Tolson rated it it was ok
I got this book courtesy of the NetGalley Program, and have been itching to read Eve by Anna Carey ever since I read the plot. Romeo and Juliet meets The Hunger Games, I had high hopes for this book.

Nowadays, there are a ton of dystopian books for young adults trying their best to top the trilogy that is The Hunger Games. A lot of the books I have read are really great, and don’t try desperately to become the next big thing.

Sadly, Eve is not one of those books. It makes the mistakes that many
Joy (joyous reads)
Oct 13, 2011 Joy (joyous reads) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is the world according to Eve:

• Men are evil.
• The world is full of them.

Okay, okay. Simmer down. You can’t really blame Eve. She grew up in a world where women are priced commodities and are apparently only good for one thing – as a part of a baby-making assembly line. I’m not kidding. This book has some serious demented concepts, far beyond the reaches of my usually open, accommodating mind.

Eve is probably one of those characters that, had she been written with a stronger personality, I
Dec 29, 2015 Penélope rated it did not like it

Definitivamente no.

1. Protagonista tonta que no sabe hacer nada, ni siquiera tomar una decisión por ella misma.
2. Espera que la salve todo el mundo y luego se hace la heroína.
3. Y bueno de la distopía mejor ni hablamos.

El libro tenía una pinta fenomenal pero las cosas empezaron a torcerse con la protagonista y el insta-love que surge a lo largo de la historia.

La protagonista Eve, se ha criado en un colegio sólo de chicas, durante todo ese tiempo le han explicado que debe temer a los hombres por
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)


Had heard some not so encouraging things about this book, I was a bit doubtful if you start reading it but something told me I had to do it, first ... THAT COVER IS BEAUTIFUL !, and second THAT STORY that I found very original!

So, I decided to read it ,went for the truth and I can not be happier than my decision ....

The story as I said before is something I had never read before this apocalyptic world where democracy existed ,now fifteen years later is under the command of a king, a man who thin
Dystopian has always been one of my least favorite genre in YA books.
I have read good ones like Hunger Games and Divergent.
I loved those but like Wither the first dystopian book I’ve read, Eve did not live up to my expectation.

Reading Eve had been a struggle. It started out good but gradually I became more and more unenthusiastic about it.
If this was how we are going to be 2032 then I wouldn’t want to be alive during that time.
No exaggeration!


Majority of the Earth’s p
May 20, 2012 Abigail rated it it was ok
If you go through the other reviews, then you can figure out that his is a disutopian novel about Eve, who runs away from her all-girls school.

(If I see anyone compare this to The Handmaid's Tale, I'm going to go, "Bitch, don't even go there.")

Now, I can get why Eve is so inept at basically every decision-making aspect of her life post-school. She (and pretty much every other student in the school) has been brainwashed into believing lies issued by the King. However, that doesn't excuse most of
Jun 15, 2012 Megan rated it did not like it
As a feminist, I really wanted to like this book. But I felt as though the opening was extremely rushed and undermined the horror of what Eve discovered about the world (I won't ruin it). It would have been so much more powerful if the beginning of the book had been spent on her slowly awakening as a human being and realizing the terrifying fate the government had in store for her (a la Margaret Atwood's The Haindmaid's Tale). As it stands, this feels like a shallow, rushed imitation of the ...more
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Anna Carey has been a gift wrapper, face painter, nanny, horrific cocktail waitress, sofa saleswoman and children's book editor. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she can be found writing, reading, and telling elaborate, only moderately interesting stories about her dog.
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