This was one of those books that I just wasn’t sure was going to be that good, but I changed my mind once I began reading the book. The author does an excellent job of pulling the reader into the story and making us want to read more and more and more until the book is done. It is a unique twist to the dystopian future of the world and what those left have to live through. The character was very weak in the beginning and I didn’t want to like her. But the way Anna Carey develops her character, you find yourself beginning to understand and pull for her. This may have been a book for the younger audience, but as an older reader I definitely found it an excellent read and have even recommended it to others. I enjoyed it so much that I have purchased the second and third book in the trilogy. That is always the mark of a good read!
I really do prefer listening to books because its the most practical and exiting way to get the story. Even dough I don't have english as my mother-tongue, its easy to understand the language used in this book. Sometimes the narrator really annoys me, but I really liked this one!
I love books were you are taken into a new world. I think its the perfect amount of both action and love in it. I don't like books to be overfilled with love...
I love the way she really "becomes" the characters! I can tell by the way she uses her voice which character is speaking, and that is really handy. I am also very happy that her voice ins't annoying.
A world full of lies, soon to be revealed.
I would recommend this book to anyone who seek a book series that will drag you into a new world.
Carey built up an interesting world that I'd like to learn more about. The post plague politics and resistance are intriguing elements that don't get a lot of coverage in this first book of the series. Unfortunately, the point of entry is Eve, a character who refuses to take charge of her own agency at any point. She along with all the other young women left have been incredibly sheltered, but it irritates me no end that Eve seems intent on ceding all authority and decision making to anyone else, especially to the first boy she meets.
While Eve had to start out weak, it would help if she actually grew and learned as the story continued. Maybe this happens later in the series, but she is such a aimless character by the end of book one, I'm not all that interested in what happens to her next.
I suppose it would be necessary to redeem Eve's character, if that is ultimately a goal.
The story moves along at a good clip, and the overall atmosphere created is engaging. There are several points where the story takes an interesting turn. I would have just preferred to follow any other character but Eve at each of those transitions.
I'm a humble Public Servant working for county government. I enjoy futuristic Sci fi, murder mysteries, Tim Dorsey, & dystopian genres.
"Eve", the main character, bumbles her way through a post-apocalyptic America and makes selfish choices. So unrealistic and the story simply does not get stronger. I usually enjoy Young Adult books because of the underlying message for growing adolescents; but I cringe at the life lessons taught by this character.
I really enjoyed this book - it was a good spin on the 'earth disaster' stories.
I bought this book during the 1st in the series sales and gave it a listen and couldn't get into it. I tried a couple weeks later and loved it. (I bought several other books in that sale and couldn't get into those either!)
The thing that appealed to me the most when considering buying the book was Tavia Gilbert - I am a big fan of her narration.
I would highly recommend this book and I'm thinking it would be a good one for my teenage daughter to listen to.
I had a very hard time with this - I can withstand some plot or setting holes if the story or characters are interesting. But this just had me rolling my eyes throughout the entire read.
Some male writers get criticized for making women nuns or whores - and nothing in between. Well, in this book we have the female writer version: men are rapists or purely angelic. And any female in the book is a good person - there are no shades of grey in there. Even Arden, who is supposed to be the 'bag girl' loses all personality half way through the book. And let's not get into the love interest, Caleb, whose personality and distinctiveness is as thin as a piece of paper. But the big problem is Eve herself. Helpless, mopey....this the person who supposedly suddenly rebelled after a lifetime of following rules? Her traits change by the minute and just don't make sense. But really, that she isn't a strong person or becomes strong based on her trials is the real let down for me. If you start out with a milquetoast 'save me!' character, at least give her room to grow and not need to be saved over and over.
This book is riddled with plot/story issues that just can't be glossed over. A lot of YA dystopian requires suspension of disbelief and to not think too hard about the story/plot - but the inconsistencies in this one are so glaring that it's impossible not to completely trip over them. Things like the heroine running in a dark rainy forest at night - yet she's able to see just fine where she's going. And despite being closely chased with pursuers right behind her, her love interest calls out to her all the time from across a river. That along the side of the river is a random crashed helicopter and they hide in it because the pursuers are close behind - and the pursuers don't check it carefully despite not finding the heroine anywhere else in the forest? Or better yet, in a backyard with a pool and a tall fence, pursuers running right behind them, the two girls hide in a small shed - as if the pursuers wouldn't find them? Really? Or the girl they meet up with in the Arizona desert has mosquito bites....
And the whole world setup just doesn't make sense. Plague I get - but characters walk around or use a horse in the ruined suburbs. Why not a bike? And why are there only men out in the lands - why not women? And yeah, I think it is a good idea to take a sheltered girl and throw her out into the horrors of a post apocalyptic world with nothing to her name - all to 'save' her? Let's face it, she would be set up for a far more horrific fate than being a brood mare chained to a bed (which doesn't make sense either - chained to a bed for 9 months ???? Bedsores, anyone?)
Ok, so nothing worked for me. 2 stars because it wasn't hard to read.
The narrator did a fine job. I'm just glad I got this on sale or I'd be really upset I wasted a credit on this quality of book.
I am so glad the next book is already out so I can jump right into it. Tavia Gilbert did a woderful job with narration. (Narration needs to be good to keep me involved.) Anna Carey did an excellent job with this book/audiobook! The pace was smooth and never slowed or got dull. She kept my attention throughout the story. Quick overview: Eve, who is now eighteen, has been living at a school with other orphaned girls after loosing her mother to a plague. On the eve of her graduation from school she finds out the horrifying truth about the future that awaits them all. Forced to escape alone and nowhere to go, Eve runs looking for a place to survive. Been taught to fear everything and trust no one past the school gates, she must lean on the inner strength she never knew she had and push through her fears and lack of trust in order to survive.
Loved it because it is eerily plausible. Gripping concept very enjoyable read! I will be reading the whole series!
This book is by far one of my favorite finds on Audible. I found it while just browsing and cannot be happier. The narrator did an excellent job, it was an easy listen, and I could not put it down. I loved the story and thought it was extremely well written (not Dickens, mind you, but great all the same!). I loved it so much, that as soon as I finished with this, I immediately purchased the second book in the trilogy "Once". And, the sequel is just as good as the first. Take my advice and get this book. You will not be disappointed!