Eve by Anna Carey
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
‘Eve’, by Anna Carey, revolves around a girl named Eve. She lives in a dystopian world, a world ravished by plagues and war. Factions have survived and a new government is trying to take root. Girls are schooled in the arts, the sciences and the treachery of men. There is actually a class “Dangers of Boys and Men”. On the eve of her graduation from this great all-girls school, she discovers that all she knows is a lie and she escapes a horrible fate. Now, she must fend for herself in this new world and escape her pursuers.
I finished this book about a month ago. Since then, I have not been able to read anything else. It made me go into a reading lull. Before all the fan rage starts, let me explain. I kinda enjoyed reading the book...in the beginning. It was a lot like Twilight in the “experience”: a horribly written book with a hook to draw you in. But, there were so many things wrong with the narration and the storyline that it became frustrating. The entire book barely makes sense.
This book was about about Eve, Eve escaping, how terribly naive she is (even though she has a great education), and her quickly found new love, Caleb. The dystopian world is merely the stage where events take place. My first issue with the book is that the explanation given for the new order of things, for the new government, does not really make a lot of sense. Girls are given this amazing education, for what? To be house in a brick building and pumping out babies? I am pretty sure there are better ways to keep people docile. They are taught that all men are horrible vile creatures. Wouldn’t it be easier to tell girls that men didn’t exist? They never get to see them anyways.
Another issue with the book is that the events happen quickly. The author barely bothers to narrate the transition from one event to the other. One moment Eve is thinking about teaching people how to read, next, in the SAME page, she is teaching an entire group of people. I thought a few days had passed. But, it was still the same day. The love storyline has the same issue. Caleb and Eve fall in love in the span of a week, maybe less. I call this the Quick Love YA Lit Syndrome.
I could keep listing the other issues with this book but, it is not really worth it. The book had potential. It was a good story, in theory. The book was poorly executed and made little sense. I don’t really recommend it and I will not be reading the rest of the series.
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