Sunday, June 24, 2012

Eve, Terrified of Adam

Okay, I just finished Eve by Anna Carey, and I don't know WHAT to think. It started out like such a happy, idealistic book about the future. Eve was the happiest girl at her compound, accomplished in many languages, subjects, and surrounded by beloved friends. But then, when she was about to give her valedictorian speech and head off to a bright future learning a trade and having a glamorous life in the city, she found out that the future she was looking forward to was a lie.
I don't want to give too much away, but let's just say there are hints about where this is going: she was living in an all-female compound, and the girls have been taught to fear men ever since they arrived. They couldn't leave, or they'd be kidnapped, raped, or murdered by the hordes of men outside the walls. But what if the safe haven she was looking forward to was what she should really fear?

Eve's story isn't a paint-by-the-numbers dystopia, either. Every couple of chapters, there's a twist I didn't see coming, and the ending was a complete surprise. Yes, the first boy she meets turns out to be a love interest, but he's hilarious and not at all the Peeta type, I promise. I hope that Anna Carey writes a sequel soon!

Happy reading,

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