Friday, May 15, 2015

Eve Trilogy by Anna Carey

Eve (Eve, #1)Eve by Anna Carey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eve by Anna Carey is one the best dystopian novels I've read in a long time.

A virus that descriptively resembled a flesh eating concept with attributes of the flu and hand, foot and mouth (my word!) has wiped out most of the Earth's population and now the world is a horrid place. There are still those that live within the city walls ruled by a King, but the rest of the population fends for themselves or works as slave labor to rebuild the New America.

Young girls are privileged to attend special schools that teach them the history of the world before the plague. Eighteen-year-old Eve, orphaned by the virus, has never been beyond the guarded gates of her school. She and several hundred other orphaned girls have been promised bright futures with the education they are receiving within the school walls. But, it all seems to simple and the night before graduation Eve learns a horrible truth about the girls' future upon graduation.

With the help of a teacher (isn't there always one that won't follow the rules!) and an unlikely friend, Arden, Eve flees her school in the night tackling a long and arduous quest, survival her only motive. Along the way she meets Caleb, a young man living outside the city walls. Eve is resistant to his help at first as the school taught her the evils of man, but through patience and a little charisma Caleb slowly wins her trust. Eve, eventually, can't help but fall in love with him. Just when life seems to be worthwhile again, the government soldiers emerge with a vengeance for finding Eve. She's not the only girl to escape the school, but she's the most important one.

This trilogy starts off strong with good characterization and quick-paced plot. Anna Carey creates a very "Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood" feel to the context of the story, but tells it in a much more captivating way.

View all my reviews Once (Eve, #2)Once by Anna Carey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Two!

Loved book one so I was excited to start book two of the Eve Trilogy , Once and I was NOT disappointed!

At the close of book one, Eve has finally made it to Califia - a safe haven for women. And while she had to leave Caleb behind promising to find him again one day, she's safe from the King's guard and the wild for the first time in a long time. Life should be steady again, but it never is. Eve receives word that Caleb is in trouble and she has to find him. He saved her when she needed it most, she has to save him. Venturing back out into the wild again the King's guard is on her in a snap. Their desire to take her captive hasn't diminished, and once Eve is inside the city walls, she learns why. The distressing secret she comes to know about her past is almost too much to take in, particularly the impact it will have on her future. #thestruggleisreal

Anna Carey recreates the same sense of urgency in book two delving deep into mystery, romance, and suspense. The reader meets several new characters, Charles for instance, that will steal the reader's heart whether they were supposed to or not. She does a good job of not making a love triangle too cheeky and that's a talent in YA. Looking forward to book three - don't let me down Anna!

View all my reviews Rise (Eve, #3)Rise by Anna Carey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book three. Thy rating has dropped.

Why is book three always the "clean-up" novel? I mean I understand coming to a resolution, but the fight scenes just drag on too long for me. Surely there is more plot grit than war. I digress.

In book three, Eve has made a life in the palace with a secret she keeps close to her heart. Her loyalties to the crown are wavering at best (or non-existent if you really understand the book) and she must decide who matters and who doesn't in the fight to destroy the New America. #the struggleisreallyrealnow #theforceisstrongwiththisone

Her soul mate is gone, Arden is gone, and Charles is driving her crazy. She feels lost in a world she doesn't understand enough to fix, but knows it needs to change.

Caleb's memory and the revolution he was a part of keep her pushing through to the next day and with the help of others willing to risk everything, Eve begins a plot to destroy the world within the walls of the city - to take down the New America. Plot spoiler - the plot pans out.

Now - there were some nice twists at the end of this series AND Anna Carey did NOT turn Eve into a whiny "girl." She kept a strong lead protagonist throughout the book series with appropriate transitions and plausible changes in character. That is why she gets three stars - it would have been four if the battle scenes didn't drag out for an eternity. And I liked Charles, too - I wanted him to get more in the end because it was never his fault, none of it.

Overall, this was a good series and I'm glad I read it. I would recommend this to my students - a solid read!

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