Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
Eve by Anna Carey
My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Eve lives in a dystopian world in a girls boarding school. With only hours to go before making her valedictorian speech, she finds out that she is not destined to go on to train for a job when she graduates, but to be tied to a bed and used to produce multiple babies, all in the guise of repopulating for the greater good.
Eve can’t allow this to happen though, and instead escapes. Alone, and inexperienced, Eve must now find a way to survive, and to find her way to a camp where she might be safe.
Can Eve survive the wilderness with only her book-smarts? Are all men evil as she has been raised to believe? And will she ever find a way to save her sisters from the same fate?
This was an okay dystopian story, but certain things just didn’t sit right with me.
Eve was an okay character. She was supposed to be valedictorian, and the smartest girl to ever go through her school, yet she would then say things that made her out to be anything but smart. One of these times was when she had no idea what a boy was referring to when he talked about his ‘balls’. Considering that the school had supposedly raised the girls to hate men, and to fear intercourse, you would have expected her to understand a male reproductive system.
The storyline was okay, but there were just little things that made this less than wonderful for me. The start of the book was pretty much just a hate campaign against men. I don’t know what this author’s issues are, but the things these girls were raised to believe were just shocking, and this idea that men were evil seemed to be forced upon us at every opportunity.
I also had an issue with the fact that these girls were raised in a school and taught stuff for around 11 years. Why go to the trouble of schooling them until age 16 if all they are going to do is make babies? Why not have them do something more useful? They could have used some of the girls as babysitters even – to care for all the new-borns they were producing, or made them useful in some other way. And why wait until they’re sixteen to turn them into baby machines? Why not start as soon as they get their first period?
I also had issues with the point of producing so many babies. I understand that in a post-apocalyptic world you would possibly need to reproduce and repopulate, but producing so many babies so quickly would not be the best way to achieve that strangely enough. If you end up with a large population of children compared to adults, how are you going to have enough hands to care for the children? How are you going to be able to produce enough food to feed them? So much of your resources would be trapped just trying to raise so many children to maturity at the same time, that you would be shooting yourself in the foot.
There were also other things that were just a little off, but it’s difficult to discuss any more of them without dropping spoilers.
The ending was okay, but reminded me of another book I had read (can’t remember which one), and I totally guessed the twist at the end.
Overall; an okay dystopian, but had its niggles.
6.75 out of 10.