Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: October 4th, 2011
The Scoop: (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.
So, Eve takes place in a post-apocalyptic world were the surviving children are raised in gender-separate boarding schools. No boys? Booooo! Our title character, Eve (natch), has been raised to fear men and is obviously brilliant as valedictorian of her graduating class.
How the world has become this way (beyond the fact that there was a Plague) wasn't really fully explained (maybe more to come in the guaranteed sequels), but here we are in a seemingly Utopian (minus the boys) society that promises Eve a glorious future. As we know, gentle readers, things are never as they seem in these tales. I don't want to give to much away, but lets just say:
|This doesn't look like very much fun to me, how about you?|
Luckily for her: A) She's a quick learner and B) She has a frenemy turned friend, Arden, who is Katniss meets a dystopian Lisbeth Salander. You already know, we would never tolerate a YA book without boys, so of course, Eve and Arden stumble upon some.
This part of the story was my fave as it was a Peter Pan and the Lost Boys scenario, with just a touch of Lord of the Flies thrown in for good measure (you just can't let boys be on their own for too long...)
|Eve, will you be our Wendy? Pleeeeeeease?|
The relationship between Eve and Caleb comes on pretty quickly for my tastes, but does have its touching moments and by the end I was sold on their interest in each other.
Speaking of the end, it was one heck of a cliffhanger, not I-want-to-hang-myself-now-style like Nightshade: The Poison Diaries 2, Demonglass or Variant, but still leaves me wanting nonetheless.
Carey has created a world that, despite the danger and tragedy, I want to visit again and again. Bring on the sequel!