Friday, 23 November 2012

Eve - Book Review

Eve (Eve #1)
by Anna Carey

What is it about:
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.

What did I think of it:
Sometimes I wonder if authors of Dystopian novels really think through their world building.

Seriously: with most Dystopian YA stories where teens are kept in the dark about their future I can think of at least three ways those teens could have been treated that would have easily avoided problems.

But let's be honest, if my methods were used the story wouldn't have been there, so in conclusion: I think the authors don't think their world building through, because if they did, they wouldn't be able to tell the particular story they want to tell.

Ok, now I've got that off my chest:

Eve is an enjoyable story.
I could really understand Eve's feelings and the way she acts throughout the story. Her actions may not always be smart and she may be annoying at times, but the way she is raised makes all of her actions believable.

The story itself is fun if you take the world building for granted and don't examine some things too closely. There were times that I really had trouble with this I'll confess. There's one scene where Eve and two other girls are captured and the bad guy agrees to let all three of them out of their cage at the same time because they say they have to pee. Seriously?! Big surprise: they escape!

All in all this is a nice read and I must say I enjoyed it enough to be curious about the next book, so I most probably will continue to read this trilogy.

Why should you read it:
It's a pleasant YA Dystopian read.

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Enbrethiliel said...


My impression is that many YA Dystopians, like many YA Paranormal Romances, have the internal logic of adolescence. "Parents, Bad. Me, Special". So I suspect that the poor world building you're referring to has to do with authority figures making decisions that are "mean" but not very intelligent--and the young protagonists making decisions that are kind of dumb but still portrayed as all-wonderful.

Or do you mean something else? =)

Sullivan McPig said...

Hmmm.... I think that sums up some of the illogical worldbuilding I've encountered lately, so your theory seems sound.

I also think I am trained to look at all angles of a story/setting and that makes that I see problems others might overlook. Also: I'm cynical so I see the dark side of the human mind that others don't (want to) see.

Melliane said...

LOL love your review! I confess I'm curious about this one, I heard great things about it...