Release Date: October 4th, 2011
Finished Date: August 11th, 2012
Source: For Review
The Review: Before I start this review, I have a confession to make. I've had this book on my kindle - which I got for review from NetGalley over 13 months ago! I know, terrible isn't it! I don't know what was wrong with me but, even though I wanted to read it, I was just never in the mood. But now, as you can see, I was in the mood and you know what? I'm absolutely kicking myself for not reading this book sooner because it was a fantastic read!
It's the year 2032 and the people that survived the plague sixteen years ago are still trying to rebuild lives for themselves. But it's very hard when the King want's the world run his way and his way only. Eve, an eighteen-year-old school girl has been promised a successful future when she finishes school but only to have her dream snatched away from her at the last minute, when she finds out that, producing children so the world can get their population numbers back up awaits for her. Eve knows she doesn't want that future, so she flees into the dangerous wild. She has to go against everything she's ever been taught and face the dangerous and daunting world on her own...and all the while being chased by the King, who wants her for his own purposes.
I'm so, so surprised by the poor ratings for this book and I can't help think did I read the same book as everyone else? Eve was a dangerous adventure - one full of heart-breaking times and it was an emotional rollercoaster. I thought it was a great start to a very promising series and author Anna Carey did a fantastic job giving us vivid and harsh world. I for one wouldn't want to live in these times. Boys and girl's free will is taken away from them and it's just a sad situation for them.
I loved Eve. I thought she was brave and smart and I loved how she was so willing to defend the people that she cared about, even when they weren't that nice to her. She has a heart of gold and she see's the good in people. She's been taught to fear men all her life but she see's Caleb for who is really is. I loved their relationship. It was a slow process but it just gave me that excitement from the build up between them. Caleb and Eve have very similar personalities and I feel this is why they connect so much.
“You can love anyone. 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.”- Eve
Now the ending...what a killer! The only good things about not reading this book 13 months ago was the fact that I have Once - book two in the series, ready and waiting for me. And I urge people not to judge this book by it's ratings - I for one really enjoyed it and I'm sure you will too.
A big thank you to HarperCollins and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.