by Anna Carey

Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: October 4th 2011
by HarperTeen




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 success of The Hunger Games and the overflow of dystopian novels that followed, it is quite difficult to find a YA dystopian novel that stands out from those already published. Unfortunately, I can’t find anything within Anna Carey’s Eve that makes it stand out from the waterfall of dystopian stories already published.

Anna Carey’s future America has been devastated by a horrible plague; turning the country into a state of chaos and pandemonium. Blinded by fear, Americans will do anything to make things normal again – even giving up their beloved democracy.

Our protagonist Eve was orphaned from the plague, and, along with all the other orphaned children, was taken to a boarding school to live. Now 18, Eve is about to “graduate” from this school and begin her life in the outside world. But the day before graduation she discovers that everything she has known is a lie…

As a protagonist, I found Eve to be a bit of a nuisance with the personality and characteristics of a Mary Sue. Her behavior was constantly selfish, naive and sometimes downright stupid (she goes up and pets a bear…) to the point of being unrealistic. I found it hard to care for – much less connect to – a character whom has no personality traits besides her “intelligence” (I beg to differ on that) and her “rebellious” nature.

Love is just caring for someone very deeply. Feeling like that person matters to you, like your whole world would be sadder without them in it.

To succumb to even more cliches of the genres, Eve spends more time focusing on the romance than actually developing any of the plot or its characters. When she learns the truth about what the purpose of her school truly is, she escapes. During her escape, she meets a boy who has no personality or development except being “hot” and “kind.” Not surprisingly, she almost immediately falls in love with him within a matter of pages.


Ultimately, while I appreciate what Anna Carey was trying to do here, it just ultimitely didn’t work for me in many aspects and felt like the same old, same old story.


2 thoughts on “Eve

  1. Is it just me, or are a whole lot of literature characters called “Eve” or “Eva” or even “Eden”??? It seems WAY too common now. XD I haven’t even heard of this one! It doesn’t sound like something I’d go after now. I’m glad you did that DNA test, though. That definitely answers my other questions. 😉

    1. it’s not just you! 😉 They are getting to be quite common names for YA characters… not that it really bothers me…


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