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Eve by Anna Carey
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Sep 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: favorites, dystopian, arc, signed-by-the-author
Read from September 21 to 23, 2011 — I own a copy

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I was surprised by the low ratings for this one. The synopsis sounds very promising and aren't dystopians the thing now? It's funny because everyone seems to be tired of dystopians, but I feel like I'm just getting started. I think the main thing is that I love world-building, where you can make up your own rules and names of places and people, and Anna Carey does a great job with that. I was sucked in right away and it was none-stop action from there on out.

When I picked up this book (technically I picked my Kindle up but you get the point), I had just seen the movie Contagion. And all I could think throughout this book is that this is what the aftermath of Contagion would be like. Empty houses, people gone insane to stay alive, having to rely on one leader that promised hope, a broken-down system that the main character has no idea is even wrong in the first place until the school recluse spills the truth. From that point on, Eve has no choice but to be believe in the girl and get out while she still can. Then she sees the graduates; the girls that graduated last year and the year before and the year before that, who were told they would be moved to another building to work on their craft, are strapped to beds and are forced to bear children in order to repopulate the earth. Could this could any more wrong? And on top of that, after Eve escapes, she puts everyone around her in danger, because she is of special interest to the king. I don't really feel the need to spell it out, but it has to do with the birthing.

I loved the interaction between Eve and Arden and the rebellious boy Caleb that saves her life more than once. I love watching all these characters grow together. Caleb and Eve had a sweet love blooming, and I definitely fell in love with Caleb. In a way, when they were all hidden in the cave in Lake Tahoe, it reminded me of the setting in The Host by Stephanie Meyer. Whoever was in charge, was in charge, no if's, and's or but's. Too bad the guy in charge also turned out to be sex-hungry and power-hungry and a complete a** hat! I hope he gets what's coming to him. There could have been a little more characters development, but for how short this story was, I think the characters were developed very well.

One of the issues I have with dystopian is that a few key people always seem to die or get captured. Rightfully so, because otherwise I can't see it being realistic, but still it's hard to imagine, but at the same time, it's one of a billion possible futures...

The big question now is: what the heck is going to happen in the next one?!?! Have I ever told you how much I hate having to wait for sequels?
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Amber I love it so far <3

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