What if you discovered everything you thought you knew about the world and about yourself, everything you hoped for and believed in, everything you looked forward to and longed for, was a lie to keep you trapped?
Eve is in the 2% of the world’s population who survived the plague. Raised in a strict and sheltered girls’ school, Eve has loyal friends, has finished top in her class, has supportive teachers, the best medical care, and is completely safe, or so she has been brainwashed into believing. A shock discovery leads Eve to run away the night before graduation, with the aid of a sympathetic teacher, towards the harrowing sounds of hungry wild dogs and distant gunshots, the same sounds she has always been most terrified of, until she learned the horrific truth of her future if she were to graduate.
We follow Eve’s journey as she travels in search of a sanctuary known as Califia, through land she’s never seen and with absolutely no survival skills.
As I read this book I found myself being pulled in by the panic of every passing flashlight and the dreaded rumble of search trucks, because Eve’s emotions are written in a way that you get just enough information to keep you interested, without dulling the story with too much description. I very realistically felt every one of Eve’s often conflicted and confused teenage emotions, many of which ones she’s never felt before, as she forges unexpected friendships, as she regrets decisions, worries and rejoices, and encounters males in the flesh for the first time.
A rare characteristic that distinguishes Eve from other popular lead females in young adult fiction is that she, unlike Bella from Twilight and Tris from Divergent, isn’t a ‘plain Jane’ type, but is described as beautiful—something which perhaps makes her a more challenging protagonist to warm to at first, but we soon grow to love her because of how she changes and humbles with every hurdle of her hazardous journey.
When you begin to read this story, don’t let yourself be put off by the rather ‘nice’ setting, because that’s the point, it’s a ruse. Keep reading, because this story has a wonderful flair for lulling readers into a false sense of security, right before the worst possible thing you can think of happens.
I lay in the brown-ringed bathtub of an abandoned house, holding a dull knife. My feet were bloodied and bare. I’d run so far my laces had broken and I’d lost my shoes somewhere along the way.
Eve, as all young adult fiction should, explores some difficult-to-talk-about topics for teenagers such as virginity, rape, and the repercussions of alcohol.
Being in my early-thirties, I am in the growing percentage of adults who enjoy fiction written for teenagers, and Eve transported me back to the breathtakingly unfamiliar but addictive experiences of being a teenager, including first love.
If you enjoy young adult fiction with realistic female protagonists, love nail-biting post-apocalyptic stories, or you’re an adult looking for a fast-paced tale that will bring all the complications of adolescence flooding back, then put Eve by Anna Carey on the top of your reading list.
© 2017 Rebecca Delphine
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Rebecca Delphine is an aspiring Young Adult author from Thanet.