Author: Anna Carey
Publication: HarperCollins (October 4, 2011)
Description: 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.
My Thoughts: Eve was another entry into the current crop of dystopias. This future world has been decimated by a plague that killed 98% of the population. Orphan girls are rounded up into schools and educated. They are told that they will have a bright future when they graduate and go to the City of Sand. Eve has been a perfect student and has bought into the whole agenda. It isn't until the night before her graduation that she hears from a rebellious student named Arden that the future planned for her is much different. She sneaks across the lake and sees that graduates from other years are living strapped to beds while they give birth to large numbers of babies. Eve hates the idea of this fate and manages to run away.
But Eve is completely unequipped to survive in the wilderness. She stumbles upon Arden who isn't doing much better and they reluctantly decide to travel together. Then they meet Caleb. Eve has been brainwashed by the school to believe that all men are evil. She doesn't trust Caleb at first. But Caleb does help them. He brings them to his hidden camp of young men. Life isn't any better for orphaned young men. They are all herded into labor camps. Caleb and the rest of the boys have escaped and set up on their own in the wilderness.
Eve and Caleb start a tentative romance. But Eve can't stay. The King of New America has chosen Eve to have his children and he isn't going to let her go without a fight. Eve has a goal of reaching distant Califia - which is supposed to be a safe haven. But she has lots of scary experiences along the way.
Eve does have her eyes opened on her journey. She still makes mistakes and the mistakes cause loss of life. It will be interesting to see how the story plays out in future books. There really doesn't seem to be much hope for a happy ending for Eve or for Caleb.
Fans of dystopias will enjoy this story with its adventure and romance.
Favorite Quote (from ARC-may not be final):
"You can love anyone," I interrupted, looking around at the group. "Love is just..." I searched for the right worlds. "...caring about someone very deeply. Feeling like that person matters to you, like your whole world would be sadder without them in it."I received the ARC through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.