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.
©2011 Alloy Entertainment and Anna Carey (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
This book is AMAZING!!!! It's constantly moving, so you never get bored.
Also, I'm a huge fan of this narrator for other books Tavia Gilbert has done (in fact, I found this book by looking for the narrator). Tavia Gilbert is probably the best narrator I've experienced so far. She doesn't read lines of a book, but sounds like she's reading a script or actually acting out the scenes herself. Her telling of the story is so natural.
The story is wonderful too! It's a great YA book and an interesting Dystopian.
I love the development of the relationships between Eve and Arden, as well as between Eve and Caleb. Neither seemed forced or sudden, but organic and natural instead.
I was definitely left heartbroken a couple of times in this book (don't want to give away spoilers). Tavia Gilbert's reading enhances that heartbreak with her abilities to really emphasize emotion in her voice. I wish the trilogy was completed (or at least book 2 was already out), because I really need resolution to my heartache.
I hate when I find a book that i absolutly love, and all i want to do is finish reading the rest of the books that go along with it, only to find out this is the first in the Trilogy! And that the others havent even came out. This book was Amazing. The time it took to "get started" didnt take too long, and i love the discription of the world eve lives in. Cant wat to see whats to happen next!
Say something about yourself!
This book starts out good then gets slow/stupid and then the very end is good. I would say skip it, except; the ending makes a promising premise for the next installment.
I like the the premise of the story, Girl finds out her shocking future and runs...but I really kinda hope in the next 2 books, she gets a little smarter and braver.
...about the characters, about their relationships, about anything.
I could blame the fact that I had just finished listening to Veronica Roth's Divergent, which is a hard act to follow. That's a book that gets it right, and by the end you can't wait to hear what comes next. I was completely invested in each character and believed that the romance at the heart of it was genuine and deep. In the case of Eve, I didn't buy it. And I can't see myself buying any more of the series when it comes out.
The problem, I believe, is that too much happens too quickly. The book is just six and a half hours long. I do like a book to get going quickly, but the first half hour of this book was ridiculously paced. If the author had taken a little more time to build things up, to give us layer after layer of rich detail, then the characters would have seemed more real and therefore their relationships more honest and ultimately, the stakes would be higher for the reader. I felt like the author was just following a blueprint for this sort of novel, but there was no heart at the centre of it. That's pretty bad for a book that is supposed to be about love.
Also, the narration didn't do much for me. It wasn't terrible, but some of the voices really grated on me.
After finishing Eve a few days ago, I find that I'm still ambivalent about it. I found the premise interesting and the writing was good. But I found the implementation of the plot lacked a bit. It's nothing specific that I can put my finger on - just that some of the ideas didn't hold up well.
That said, the narrator was excellent. I think if I had read the dead tree version that my review would not have gotten to 3 stars. Tavia Gilbert's superb narration elevated the story for me.
I do plan to listen to the sequel, mostly out of curiosity to what happens with the characters.
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
Love is Everything needed
Matched By Ally Condie
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Cracked up to be By Courtney Summers
They are all have the same message in them
No , its the first time hoping it won't be the last
the parts where Caleb told Eve that he really cared about her , and the way he caught her when she most needed him , I loved him very much
This book is utterly AMAZING .. very very good and I strongly recommended to those who liked Matched by Ally Condie
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 public library assistant, working toward becoming a Librarian. Likes: realistic sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, murder mysteries, humor.
"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.
"Doesn't compare with similar in genre"
I was a bit disappointed in this novel. The main character simply isn't strong enough for you to really care as much as should. There are many better similar books out there.
I don't object to teenage fiction, I often quite enjoy it. This book however focuses on the antics of the most feeble individual and her feeble adventures.
As soon as we meet the 'hero' it's obvious she is going to fall for him in a feeble way. The descent into predictability was tedious.
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