Author: Anna Carey
# Of Pages: 336
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Hearts
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 graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—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 Arden, her former rival from school, and 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.
In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eve’s timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.
FINALLY! I’ve been dying to read this book for months, and thanks to school vacation I finally had the time to do so =D This book is an action-packed dystopian that will keep you reading late into the night.
Unlike quite a few books where they start off slow and take time to draw you in, this book dives right into the excitement within the first few pages. I felt like it hit a rut in the middle and started slowing down considerably but then it came back with a bang for an exciting last quarter. Anna Carey creates a detailed world that I could see clearly in my mind as I read.
I liked all of the main characters in this story: Eve, Arden, Caleb, Benny & Silas. Surprisingly, I found Arden to be my favorite character. At the beginning of the story she’s made out to be the mean girl who thinks she’s better than everyone else but that was really just a façade she put up to hide her true feelings of loneliness. Overall I did like Eve but there were times when her way of thinking and naivety really got on my nerves. I know this was all due to the way that she was brought up and what she was taught in school, but it still bugged me.
The one thing that really bothered my about this book was the hunting violence. There was more detail than necessary whenever an animal was killed. It wasn’t needed and could definitely have been toned down a little. You always knew when it was coming however, so it was easy to just skip down a paragraph or two and ignore it.
The ending was not what I had hoped for, but I’m excited to see how things are going to play out in the next installment.