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{October 2, 2011}   ARC Review: Eve by Anna Carey

From Goodreads: 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.


HarperCollins has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on October 4, but I have to say that I was really upset by this book.  I mean, I was, and still am, livid.  This book starts out great.  The premise is wonderful, and Eve, a relatively book smart girl, soon finds herself running for her freedom.  She must make it to the safe-haven before she is caught by the King’s army in the desolate wilderness, and the story is a great rollercoaster ride.  I really enjoyed it—up to a point.

I realize that Eve, having spent her entire life at an all-girls school, secluded and lied to time and time again, isn’t going to be the most “street savvy” person in the world, but when she begins to make the most asinine mistakes, over and over again, I had it.  The book was so good, and then, all of a sudden, Eve’s character took a turn for the worse, and I ended up hating her.  I’m not sure if this was the intention of Carey when the story began, but this is definitely how I felt at the end.  Eve made so many stupid mistakes, jeopardizing her safety and that of those around her, that all my sympathy for her plight disappeared.  And, the end… well… I really disliked that as well.  I know that books in a series tend to always end on cliffhangers nowadays, but this ending left me angry, hating Eve all the more, and in complete disgust with her character.  Do I want to know what happens next?  Yes!  Do I want to read more about Eve?  Nope.  So, I’m finding myself at a standstill here.  I mean, in all honesty, only a great writer can evoke such strong emotions from a reader, and I do believe that Carey is a great writer, but I am in such disgust with Eve that I don’t even know if I can finish the series.  Harsh, I know, but Eve really rubbed me the wrong way.  One and a half stars—not based on the writing, but on the character of Eve alone.


I literally just finished reading Eve. I was so mad I wanted to throw the book. Instead I searched for a review where someone felt the same way I did. I want to shake Eve to death & ask her why she’s so stupid! I’ve never been this mad at a fictional character before that wasn’t the villain. Arrh

I know what you mean! I still get angry when I think about her…

I’m not sure why she makes the same mistakes over and over. I do want to find out what happens!

I absolutely agree with you. I’m 85% through EVE and basically just read where she was a complete idiot and I was pissed. She screwed up so badly.

Thanks for the support, everyone! I really dislike writing negative reviews, but I guess it comes with the territory of being an honest book blogger.

I do think there is an audience for this novel; it just isn’t for me… :) I would like to read more by this author, just not more about Eve… so I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

Ree @ Literary Obsession says:

I felt the exact same way about this book. I may read the end of the next one just because I’m curious about everyone EXCEPT Eve.

Oh no! I have a copy of Eve, which I’ll hopefully be reading shorty, but I’ve been worried about mixed reviews I’ve been seeing. I literally just read a 5 star review before I read yours so it’ll be really interesting experience!

Jenn S-Y says:

I always read your reviews, and though it’s unfortunate that you didn’t connect with this book, I applaud your honesty, integrity, and bravery for speaking your mind. Not everyone does. Thanks for the review! My dollars intended for the TBR pile are thinner and thinner with every passing day in this glorious economic environment. Good to know where to steer the ship.

I’ve seen some pretty varied reviews of this book, and I think it’s probably one of those love/hate things, and I don’t think it’s a book that I’d love. Great review!

I don’t remember much about it, but when I read it I thought it was okay. There were a couple of times I thought to myself “why did you do that??” And I’m with you on the ending. I also want to know what happens, but don’t know if I’ll care enough to read the second book. I would say something else about the end that bothered me, but that would be a spoiler…

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