Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Eve, by Anna Carey- Review
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.
I love the idea of dystopians. But it turns out I LOVE, very few of them in actuality. Maybe it's because Hunger Games started me on my dystopian kick and that's one hell of a great book to live up to. But it might also be because far to many of the heroines are wishy washy pansies. If it's a tough world out there then shouldn't you be tough as nails to survive it? Or, at least, have someone who you've always depended on and who has looked after you?
Anna Carey's Eve fell into the category of ambivalence for me. I didn't hate it, but I wasn't swept off my feet by it either. Eve herself was an obnoxiously naive, wishy washy pansy, but she's been raised in ignorance and relative luxury so it's an understandable, though frequently annoying, personality trait. When she doesn't have to survive or be clever (which she most certainly isn't) then Eve has a Wendy type quality (from Peter Pan), that I didn't mind, almost to the point of liking. But I didn't feel that she grew as a character through her trials and tribulations on the run. Instead it felt like she kept making the same bad judgement calls, and then relying on someone else to save her skin.
Bring in Caleb, IE- skin saver/romantic interest. Caleb, and the rag tag band of escapee work camp boys were one of the more genuine and interesting parts of the story. The best story elements, and the better characters and development were all to be found with the boys camp. To be honest I think the story would have been more interesting if it had been CALEB, and had followed the group of boys and Caleb rather than use Eve as the main character. Again, Caleb on his own was interesting, but as the romantic lead to Eve he fell flat. Maybe it was just their entanglement held no interest for me? Regardless, once the story became Eve-centric again I began to loose interest.
All of these issues may have been less significant (hardly irrelevant, Eve was really annoying) if there had been a firmer ground work for this world. Carey's leads you through this story, revealing bits and pieces of both the new structure and what took it down, as you go; but by the end I still wasn't sure what was going on. Why were girls being educated to the nines and then used as baby machines? Why were boys being used in work camps? What was going on in the cities? Why would Eve be of any unusual importance?
There were both too many questions, and way too little development to have me as spellbound as I was hoping for (Lauren Kate uses gripping right on the cover!). Which also meant the cliffhanger ending was not nearly as cliffy as I'm guessing it was supposed to be. Will I pick up part two? Possibly, but not at full purchase price and I certainly won't be in any hurry to get my hands on it.
Eve, by Anna Carey
Published by HarperCollins October 2011
My Copy obtained from the publisher at the BEA
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