Eve is hopeful for her future. Her all-girls school has prepared her well for life in the New America, safe and free from the evils of the male of the species. Right before graduation, Eve discovers that her destiny is to go to the Reproductive House. She escapes the school with no plan other than to find a way to freedom in Califia. As Valedictorian she was destined to be the birthing unit for the King. Now his men are searching for her. Not long into her journey she meets Caleb. Slowly she realizes that her "education" was mostly lies, and emotions she has never known begin to surface. As they reach Califia, Eve must decide what is more important - life or love.
BTSYA Teen Reader (16):
Eve is a great book to read, and I also recommend Once, the second book in the series. Eve's letter at the start definitely hooked me. As much as I despised Carey’s idea of a dystopian world, it very much piqued my interest. Can you believe in living in a world where orphans are used as slaves, whether it’s for labor or birth? Carey's writing style is also wonderful. She knows how to make the reader sympathize with characters, even the minor ones. And that cliffhanger was not what I was expecting.
There are some things to watch out for in Eve. I had trouble connecting with Eve. She’s rather naive and ignorant. I feel her character and relationships could have been better developed. She somehow suddenly fell in love with the first boy she met? The same can be said for the worldbuilding. Carey mentions a plague that allowed the King to gain leverage but doesn’t elaborate any further.
Preteen Reader (12):
The story (as much as she read of it) confused our daughter. She thought it was a story about a girl who was trying to "go back" to her life, as a ghost would. She dropped the book around chapter 3.
By chapter four, I found it very difficult to keep reading. The story and characters were unfolding fairly predictably. Califia is a thinly veiled reference to California; near the end of the book Caleb and Eve are in "San Francisco."
High school readers who enjoy fairy-tale like dystopian fiction will enjoy the journey with Eve and Caleb.
Despite the content recommendations on the back, this is NOT a book for 7th graders or any middle school students for that matter. The protagonists are high school graduates! Readers should know that there is mention of rape in the story.
This is a young adult dystopian fiction novel. It is a high interest / low readability book.
Some science fiction has themes you can draw out and discuss. I am struggling to find them for this book.
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Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Borrow. Personally I would skip, but there are a lot of positive reviews for the whole series, so you may want to read them all.