Book Review: Eve (The Eve Trilogy, #1) by Anna Carey

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.

Release Date:  October 4, 2011
Age Group:  Young Adult
Publisher:  Harper Teen
Source:  NetGalley

Eve starts off with a quote from Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale, and it went downhill from there for me.  I love A Handmaid's Tale, and after that opening quote, comparisons were inevitable.  Unfortunately, all comparisons were in A Handmaid's Tale's favor, and I was left wishing I would have just re-read that book.  Don't get me wrong, Eve is not a bad book, it's quite readable and interesting, it's just that it feels very similar to so many other dystopian novels, especially A Handmaid's Tale and Sara Grant's Dark Parties.

I think that the main barrier to me loving this book was the fact that I didn't really like Eve.  She made so many bad decisions!  And then she just apologized and moved on and sort of expected everyone else to do the same.  Lives were lost or irrevocably altered as a result of her selfish decision making and Eve's lack of consideration of other people got old for me. 

I am so glad that this is a trilogy.  I hated to think that the story was over with the way it ended in book one.  I liked Caleb and was rooting for him the whole book, so to have things turn out the way they did was hard for me.

Reading this review, it sounds like I didn't like Eve.  I did enjoy the book on the whole, but I didn't love it.  I enjoyed the fast pace and the way Eve slowly learns the truth about the world she lives in.  I liked that I never really knew what would happen, and the ending was a big surprise for me (I liked the surprise but was wishing for a happier ending).  I would read the next book in the series, but I'm not as excited about it as I am about other dystopian series.


  1. I’m so impressed reading this post, it sure has some great creativity, thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks for your honest review. I have this one in my TBR.

  3. UhOh...I am only half way thru this (and really enjoying it) but now you have me worried about the ending...I need to know...what happens to Caleb :(

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  4. I've wanted to read this book so bad, but I've heard such mixed reviews on it. I'll still give it a chance, but I'm not going to have such high expectations for it. Thanks for the review.


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