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 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, almost the same good as my favorite survival book named The Lost Ways Review if you a fan of outdoors and prepping this book is for you!
I fell in love with the story of Eve as soon as Anna Carey disclosed the real intent of the King’s school for the girls in Eve’s graduating class. I am going to be really careful here not to disclose too much, although it is almost painful for me to not let it all out. When Eve goes on the run from the confines of her school and from the horrible reality that awaits her, all of the lies that she has been taught by the government begin to come to the surface. Eve is living in a time where there is a dictatorship in place that has one goal in mind, to repopulate the earth after a virus kills the majority of the population. There are few resources left for the country to survive on and there is violence galore without any protection by law officials. As a matter of fact, the law has become something to fear itself. Eve is surrounded by danger and doesn’t appear to be able to manage her life on the run, when in rides Caleb. Caleb’s life has been very different than Eve’s life as gender plays an enormous role in young person upbringing in New America. Caleb is tough and knows the dangers of trying to live outside of the King’s law.
I cannot say that the story is without fault. There are times that Eve is so naive that I could just slap her, but watching Caleb escort Eve through her transformation from a naive sheltered girl into a more responsible and almost street-savvy young woman was both a pleasure and a surprise. Author, Anna Carey, does not deliver a gushing romance but tells the story of a bond between a boy and a girl when life itself hangs in the balance and where helping each other survive becomes the center of their relationship.
I was not sure where Caleb and Eve were heading with each other for the majority of the book and just when I thought that I had the end figured out, I found out that I was completely wrong. I loved being left until the very end to find out the outcome and to fully understand what a special story Eve by Anna Carey really is. I so completely emerged in the story that I was moved to tears at an ending that came as not only a surprise but was the total package in sharing a love that is unexpected, unconditional and truly amazing.