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Eve by Anna Carey

Sixteen years after a deadly virus and its vaccine reduced the Earth’s population; Eve is ready to graduate from an all-girl’s school and move on to a career or trade. The night before her graduation, Eve learns a horrifying secret that forces her to leave everything she has ever known and attempt to survive in the wild. Having been told all men are bad, except the King of course, Eve finds herself at a loss for what to think or do when she is rescued from one of the dangers of the wild by a boy named Caleb. Caleb takes Eve to a place where other boys of all ages are hiding. Slowly Caleb begins to win her trust and help her learn about the world outside the school, but then circumstances change and Eve finds herself fighting for her life. 

You have to wonder what it would be like to learn that almost everything you’ve ever been told is a lie. How would you react? What would you do with your life, would you accept what is happening to you as your lot in life or would you fight for the life you deserve? Eve is a young girl who has to make such a decision. When she does she learns she has been sheltered from reality and must learn to look at the harsh reality of the world with open eyes. Having to go from innocence to making the decision to live a hard life shows great depth of character. 

We also get a glimpse into the characters of Caleb and some of the boys who live with him. The dynamics of a group of boys living together with no female influence was well portrayed, and seeing how they begin to adore Eve, especially some of the younger ones, is truly magical. My only regret is the short amount of time Eve gets to spend with them. I really hope we get to see more of them in the future. 

The author has done a phenomenal job building the world Eve lives in. It is full of danger and excitement. It has an evil dictator and rebels in hiding. The main characters make mistakes and learn from the consequences. It even has a little bit of romance and a cliffhanger ending. In truth, it has just about everything you could ask for in an evolving dystopian series. I look forward to reading more about this world. 

-Marlae

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