**spoiler alert** I'm not 100% sure on what to think of this book. I liked it, seeing as I read it so quick, but the overall thoughts I have about it...more**spoiler alert** I'm not 100% sure on what to think of this book. I liked it, seeing as I read it so quick, but the overall thoughts I have about it are mixed.
I think what overshadowed my full liking of this book was how quick Eve fell for Caleb. I do understand that she has never been around men before and assumed all of them to be savages, apart from the King, but it seemed so fast for someone who had these fears about men to just jump into liking this boy so much and being the first one to initiate a kiss too! I don't know, maybe my unwillingness to like this part is flawed because I am only seeing it from one side, the side of the shy man fearing girl who escaped from a school raising girls to bear children unknowingly. I suppose I could try and see it as the girl who is finally experiencing real life and learning what to make of her feelings for a boy and whether or not she should be terrified, and how to learn to fend for herself and take on every other experience available to her. Now that I write it down I do see it from both sides but the first is what seems to take priority in my mind, so there lies the reason for the 4 star rating.
Apart from what I didn't like, there was quite a lot I did like. I loved the whole dystopian nature of this book, the idea of schools housing young girls and raising them to bear children to repopulate. It made it even more exciting and shocking to read that the girls are unaware of their futures and believe they are learning trades that will earn them jobs in the City of Sand. It is terrifying but a thrilling read. I really enjoyed basically everything else following after Eve escaped from the school, her trying to forage for food, hide from savage men and escape wild animals. When Caleb shows up it continues the intrigue and just how much Eve is eventually going to learn from having to fend for herself and live a life she has never known.
Having Arden there with Eve was something I thoroughly enjoyed also. I liked how Arden changed her tune and confessed things to Eve that she had kept hidden from the other girls at the school. Their friendship was something that was heartwarming and it blossomed as they progressed through their tough life together on the outside of the schools walls.
Overall I am still not sure whether I loved this book but I did enjoy it quite a lot. It had the dystopian taste that a lot of people are craving these days with its own unique twist and in that I think lies its appeal. I would recommend this book to people who like the dystopian genre and who are looking to delve further into it. This is a good first book to get started on your dystopian reading journey.(less)