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Eve by Anna Carey EARLY REVIEW

Eve by Anna Carey (Eve #1)

Egalley thanks to HarperCollins

Synopsis from 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.

Publication date: 4/10/2011.
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Plainly speaking I'm disappointed in this dystopia.  Caution: minor spoilers ahead.

The main character, 18-year-old Eve is not only TSTL, she is sickeningly dangerously naive to the point where I kept asking myself why would anyone risk their life to help her when she keeps making stupid mistakes.

Also, the plot is absurd. You have schools which teach girls deportment, dances, how to play piano and be a dutiful devoted to the king worker. Why go into such an effort and elaborate lies when the girls end up strapped to the bed constantly giving birth to new children to repopulate the country anyway?

I also couldn't understand the need for women to hate and fear men, all this brain washing and orphan labour.

If all children are separated like that, what happens in the City itself? Who is that mysterious psychotic King? What's with the camps hiding in plain sight?

Sorry, the whole thing didn't work for me, I couldn't see the logic and I couldn't imagine the whole country with destroyed infrastructure falling under the rule of one person who just lacks resources and people to control everything.

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Если серьёзно, то бредовая какая-то идея у этой дистопии. 

18-летняя Ева учится в школе для девочек и одна из её умнейших учениц. Подход к обучению здесь какой-то викторианский - с танцами, игрой на фортепиано, правилами поведения и прочей дребеденью. Девочкам также внушают, что всех мужчин надо бояться и ненавидеть, кроме их короля.

В 18 лет они должны закончить школу и уйти в город в пустыне, где, им расказывают, существуют всяческие архитектурные чудеса и райская жизнь. На самом деле, в 18 лет их забирают из школ, привязывают к кроватям и заставляют рожать пока они не умрут, чтобы пополнить опустошённое чумой население.

Вот скажите, у вас сразу же не возник вопрос, а какого чёрта на обучение девушек тратится столько сил и времени, если всё, что правительству нужно, это чтоб они рожали? Вот с этого момента меня книга начала допекать.

Ева сбегает из школы, как только обо всём узнает. Её глупость и опасная наивность раздражают до опупения. Люди умирают из-за её глупейших ошибок, и я вообще не понимаю, зачем её надо было защищать, когда участь остальных девушек ей не грозила.

В общем, по сюжету распространяться не хочу, так как он совершенно бесмыссленный. Я вижу, что хотела сказать автор. Но итог: хотели как лучше, а получилось как всегда - совсем не воодушевляет.



Rebecca said...

You're not the only one I've heard is disappointed with the novel. I'm still curious, but I don't think I will pick it up anytime soon. Sorry you didn't like it! It's always sad having novels disappoint you.

titania86 said...

I just read Eve and it wasn't my favorite book, but I enjoyed it. I am willing to give the series one more book to wow me. I understand your disappointment and I agree with many of them.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh man. Sorry to hear you didn't care for this one much. I've been curious to see what the story was about since I first saw it come around, just cover & description. Thanks for sharing this one.

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