Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—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 Arden, her former rival from school, and 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.
In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eve’s timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.
This is a good book! Eve is a good character who has a fast development. At first, I didn’t know if I could like her- she’s so naive and clueless about the world, men, and everything. It’s sad really. She quickly learns that the school she’s been has all been to prepare her to be a ‘sow’ as the rebels call women who go through the school. Women who ‘graduate’ and then go across the lake to become what they want only to find out they were bred to be sows- women whose life is spent making babies for ‘the new world’. All valedictorians are promised to the King so he can have an heir, then they are only used to make more babies. Eve escapes this fate- as one chosen for the King- with help from an unlikely source, one of the teachers. It’s only then that you know how serious this is. You are so happy that Eve escapes this because the description makes you sick. Can you imagine? A world where women are only used to make babies for the ‘new world’. Where women are taught to fear everything, especially men? It’s crazy. When Eve sees in the windows of the chambers where all the women are held, together, chained to beds, she knows that her whole life has been a lie.
She runs. Far, and fast. She eventually runs into Caleb who is a rebel- a boy who escaped the prison camps for boys. He helps her and brings her to the camp where he and other young men are. One night the leader takes advantage of Eve and Caleb is led to believe that she wanted it to happen. Let me tell you, that girl couldn’t of wanted anything. She just had her first kiss with Caleb only hours before. She didn’t know what balls are when he told her a story about the camps. I mean..come on…But it added dramatic effect. Poor Eve. If I could’ve helped her I would’ve…but I’m just a reader.
You know an author is a great writer when she makes you feel the pain of the character. I wanted to help Eve so bad. She is so naive and helpless that she couldn’t help herself. And not just against the leader, but against everything and everyone. She didn’t know how to get food on her own, defend herself, find shelter. She would have died if not for Caleb and Arden. It’s a really good book. A horrible fate for humans if the world did end up like the world in the book- but great, nonetheless.
4 out of 5 stars!