Book Review: Rise (Eve #3) by Anna Carey

How far will you go when you have nothing left to lose?

When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America—and the blushing bride of her father's top adviser—Eve's whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb's memory, and the revolution he started.

Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King's court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she's called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion—killing her father?

In Rise, Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight as Anna Carey's epic tale of romance and sacrifice in the chilling dystopia of The New America comes to a stunning conclusion.

Release Date:  April 2, 2013
Age Group:  YA
Source: Purchased

I've liked the Eve series but it hasn't been a stand-out in the genre for me.  Read my reviews of Eve and Once to see what I thought of the first two books in the series.  I do like Carey's writing, especially her pacing, but the intensity was never really there for me like it is in other dystopian series. 

I liked seeing Eve grow and change in Rise.  Character growth is one of my favorite things to read about.  Eve is a strong character and often puts others' needs above her own.  This was a big change from the Eve of book one, who made selfish decisions and never felt contrite to me.  Events in Rise lead Eve to become a little softer and more caring as well.  I liked seeing that side of her.  

The main thing that I didn't like about Rise was that something felt missing, or rather a certain someone.  I had a feeling how the book was going to end, and I'm glad it ended the way it did, but I think Carey should have included an epilogue to provide more closure.  The ending was just too open for my tastes and it made me not like Rise as much as I could have.

Overall, I would recommend this series, with the caveat that there are better YA dystopian series out there.  I do like Carey's writing and I would read her work again.   


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