Review: ‘Eve’ by Anna Carey

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Review: ‘Eve’ by Anna CareyEve by Anna Carey
Series: Eve #1
Published by Harper Collins on October 4th, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Survival, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.

About Anna Carey

Anna Carey has been a gift wrapper, face painter, nanny, horrific cocktail waitress, sofa saleswoman and children's book editor. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she can be found writing, reading, and telling elaborate, only moderately interesting stories about her dog. Look for her new series, Blackbird, in Fall 2014.

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Eve is set in the future where the deadly plague has killed off 98% of the human population. Kids with parents who have died are taken to school to be groomed as women with skills and grace. And this is where we find Eve.

Eve is the prize of the school. Smart, beautiful, obedient. She is the crown jewel of the school and is ready to graduate. The night before graduation she follows rebel Arden who is set to escape the confines of the school. Arden tells Eve the real truth. That they’re groomed to be breeders. The King forces new graduates to become child bearers. Eve sets out to find the truth, and witnesses past graduates with swollen bellies, drugged out of their mind as drugs are pumped into their veins. She realizes the whole truth and decides to escape with the help of The Teacher.

Out in the forest she finds Arden and together they head to the safe camp Califia. On their way, they come across a handsome, green eyed muscular boy named Caleb.

Carey’s writing has the right amount of description, pacing, tone and dialogue found on most YA novels. There’s the clear cut goal of surviving and getting somewhere safe so the reader always knows the characters need to achieve something in the end. I definitely like that. What I didn’t like is Eve wanting to stay at the camp endangering all the boys and their lives. Sure she wants to stay with Caleb but how selfish can you be? The King wants her and she wants to stay? Instead of getting hurt when Caleb said no, she could have just asked him to go with her. Silly girl!

This book was definitely entertaining, but it didn’t wow me like other dystopian novels. It’s still worth a read!


Love is just caring about someone very deeply. Feeling like that person matters to you, like your whole world would be sadder without them in it. (33)
There is some kind of insanity in his eyes. It’s like he was to devour your soul or something. (175)
Some men saw women purely as a commodity. Like fuel, rice or canned meat. (221)





  1. La La in the LiBrArY

    May 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    I rated it the same. It is a good book to read on the bus, and in waiting rooms, and the like.
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  2. Jaime Lynn

    August 11, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    I haven’t read this one yet, and I am still undecided. But I did enjoy reading your review!

  3. bhwrn1

    August 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    This book was not bad, but not great. I have the other two but haven’t read them yet because I haven’t felt the pull to do so.

  4. Ashfa Anwer

    June 18, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    I’ve seen a lot of this book on blogs now but still haven’t got around to reading it. Looks good even though it’s not that good compared to the other dystopian books.

  5. nurmawati djuhawan

    May 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    curently reading this book…not really a fan of eve because she is to naiv…but i think she will change in the next book (i hope…)

  6. Gaby

    November 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Great review!! I am big on Dystopian, but still haven’t read this book yet. It’s on my TBR list, along with hundreds of others lol. It sounds really good though. Hopefully I can get around to reading it.

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