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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 crazy- ...more
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 ...more
And I think it may be because of those ...more
“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)
WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN NOWHERE IS SAFE?
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 t ...more
*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 ...more
My plan was to give this book somewhere around 2 or 2.5 stars because it was cliché, unoriginal, riddled with plot conveniences, and sloppy. I just wasn't enjoying it at all. Then I got about 3/4 of the way through when the main character was raped and the rape was blamed on her. And it never got rectified.
I'll keep from using names in case you plan to read this book (which I don't recommend - there wasn't a single good element in this story):
Rapist: "She wanted me. Not you - me "
'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 amo ...more
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.
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... ...more
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 ...more
(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 ...more
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 ...more
Thumbs Up 3.5
Characters: Well written
Plot: Certainly interesting
Page Turner: Kind of
Series Cont.? 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 ...more
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After reading this book in the autumn of 2016 I realised that the world building was quite poorly done and Eve isn't exactly a kick ass heroine, is more the classical dystopian heroine which realise her world is full of lies, but in the first two ...more
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 ...more
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 thi ...more
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 ...more
• 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?
Majority of the Earth’s p ...more
It is very readable, certainly I enjoyed it, but it was a peripheral enjoyment. There is not much depth here despite a good premise and a thought provoking set up, it then went, well a little flat.
I think its because it is SO FAST. The world building is not really there (yet) we meet Eve at school, then BAM she discovers a conspiracy, runs away, has a bit of a road trip where she comes across boys for the first time, hooks up with the mean girl from school (Arden who fr ...more
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