The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, 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 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.
With the recent abundance of dystopian books lately, I've been getting a bit bored, which is so bad because it is my favorite genre, but whilst there used to be so many wildly unique dystopians coming out, nowadays it's the same old same old.
So imagine my total disappointment when four chapters into Eve I was back into the typical, unoriginal dystopian. It had started out so well, from page one I was absorbed into Eve's life as your typical popular girl in a bleak future world, I was creeped out when we found out what was going to happen to her after she graduated, I was ecstatic when Eve escaped out into the wild. Unfortunately, that's when my enjoyment level dipped because, exciting as the rest of the book, it just wasn't anything new.
I also like dystopians because they paint a picture of what may happen to the Earth in the future. I'm a geologist/geographer, I like all this "Earth may die/humanity may fall" stuff, but for me eve wasn't realistic enough. I didn't believe how Eve had been brought up to fear boys yet interacts fine with them after a day or two, the guys didn't act as savagely as a group of guys hiding in a dystopian world with no female contact would.
Which leads me onto my other point. Eve, as a main character was just whiny and stupid, she doesn't think and for someone who is apparently the most intelligent in her class, she is very naive and stupid. I liked her, I supported her, but I didn't think she was strong or clever enough. The romance was cute though, I liked how it developed and Caleb is such a cutey!
One thing i loved was the ending, it set up so well for the next book which i will be reading. it hit you hard and I was thinking about it all night. The ending of this book had me gagging for the next one despite the fact that this one was simply okay for me.
Overall, I didn't dislike this book, but I can't say i loved it. For lovers of dystopian it's worth picking up if you are bored, but you're bound to find similarities to a lot of recent books. to people trying out dystopian, you make enjoy it, but there are better in the genre. It was a well paced storyline but the characters were weak and the story was a little unoriginal for me.
Overall rating: C
Stand Alone/Series: First in a series
Release: October 4th 2011
Book received as an eGalley from netGalley