Review: Eve by Anna Carey

in a sentence or so: after discovering everything she's been taught is a lie, Eve is desperate to escape the true fate that awaits her. can she discover what's true and what isn't, even if she has to rely on the biggest enemy of all - men?

Eve's grown up in an all-girl boarding school and had zero contact with the outside world. not that she'd want to, after the plague that killed off her mother and a solid chunk of the population and all. she's thrilled to be the top of her class and head off to study painting in the glamorous City of Sand and be part of the new generation and never worry about men manipulating and dominating her life.

but Eve discovers a secret.

a secret that shakes her.

a secret that changes everything and what everyone means to her.

this secret unravels her perspective on the world like a loose string being pulled on a sweater. with some vague instructions and a little help from an unlikely ally, Eve tries to make her way to safety across an unpredictable wilderness. she is surprised to discover friendship, and safety, in a group of boys living underground. even more surprising, they're not all awful.

but with Eve being hunted down by the most powerful man in the country, can the boys risk keeping her around? can Eve really put all of them at risk, despite the support and connection she finds with them?

i was all about this book from the very start. seriously, boarding school provides the ideal isolation for a solid dystopian opening. you KNOW you have an unreliable narrator on your hands. and if you know anything about me as a reader, you know i adore an unreliable narrator. it's a mystery that i love to solve and a character i love to watch develop.

but the love for this book doesn't stop with my personal fangirling. oh no. i needed a partner with me to fangirl. and i found that fangirl in Anna from Anna Reads.  here's a spoiler-free compilation of things we love about the book (in list form, DUH):

- crazy ass conspiracy theories
- redeeming characters!
- underground dwellers!
- tears. so many tears.
- dystopian set in the scary woods
- solid friendships between girls
- Lord of the Flies reference!
- serious stuff happens and serious consequences happen as a result
- crazy cool codes!
- explorations of love on all sorts of levels

i hope y'all are ready for me to pimp this book like CRAZY for the foreseeable future. i fell in love with this read and with Eve and with the crazy dark future Carey paints for us. this is a book that goes by quick, but leaves you pondering (and in my case, FANGIRLING) for quite awhile. this book has found a home in the top five books of 2011. oh yes, i went there.

fave quote: "That may be what we're called," I answered. "But that's not what we are." (104)

fix er up: there are a few details about post-plague survival that didn't really add up, but they weren't enough to keep me from falling in serious infatuation with this book.

title: Eve (Eve #1)
author: Anna Carey
publishing info: October 2011, HarperTeen
genre: Dystopian

[ftc notice: i received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of the book blog tour hosted by The {Teen} Book Scene. thanks, HarperTeen!]

for full tour details, check The {Teen} Book Scene image below.

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

9 comments:

  1. I've seen this book around for a while now, but never really knew what it was about until I read your review. It sounds like a book I would love! I always enjoy when the main character is on the run, especially if there are spooky woods involved!

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  2. Awesome review! I'm in the middle of this one and I am also enjoying it.

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  3. i just started this yesterday! yay!!!!

    ~Asheley

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  4. Somer - yes, spooky woods are definitely involved!
    Eleni - thanks! i look forward to your review. :)
    Ash - YESSSSSSSSS

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  5. I'm pretty sure our email chain on this IS THE FUNNIEST AND BEST EMAIL CHAIN IN THE HISTORY OF EMAIL CHAINS. Plus bonus points for having secret coded messages with in it. Love this book & YOU!

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  6. i was looking foward to this.. now I can't wait.. I also love stories with girl friendships.. I have a lot of close female friends, so I love to read about that in a book.

    and yay for the spooky woods instead of concrete wastelands you usually come across in dystopian :)

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  7. Anna - i loved every moment of it. YOU ROCK MY FACE.
    April - yes, this is everything you're looking for. can't wait for you to read it! :)

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  8. Dystopian!!!! I'm so glad I got to read your review. I read some reviews that weren't so great and it really made me lose interest, but it's definitely back on my TBR after your review :]

    Also, I love your blog. New follower :]

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  9. Jasmine - yeah, i've seen a few peeps that didn't love it, and that's okay. because i think i loved it enough for EVERYONE.

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