Saturday, July 30, 2011
Eve's story is a compelling and terrifying one, and Anna Carey does an excellent job at constructing a creepy, cut-throat, and desolate setting out of the remains of the American society. This is a book full of tragedy, as Eve's dreams are shattered and she discovers a tough world full of victimized orphans just trying to survive, but also one of strength. Eve, despite all of her book learning, is put to the test in every way imaginable when she flees into the wilderness and is forced to learn how to survive, how to interact with males for the first time, and realizes the importance of having an education, even in the most unlikely of circumstances. She's a capable character who goes through a lot, but adapts quickly, while still making some inevitable mistakes that readers can empathize with. The importance and complexity of relationships is shown in her tenuous connection to Arden, a caustic fellow classmate at the School who has some secrets of her own, and in Eve and Caleb's cautious friendship that slowly morphs into the expected romance. Eve is an absorbing novel about self-discovery and growing up with some smart and effective pop culture references and high-stakes action sequences that will keep you on the edge of your seat and steal your breath away.
Cover Comments: I like the cover and interesting mix of colors. It's different, but appealing. The bridge does hold some significance in the story, so I like that it's included, and that what lies on the other side is shrouded in the mist. I guess the only thing I really object to is the odd position of the model's left arm...it just looks really awkward to me.
This one will be available on October 4th, 2011, but don't worry--you'll definitely be hearing more about this one between now and then.
ARC picked up at the HarperCollins event during BEA week.