Summary (from Goodreads)
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.
Death, killings, and rape are normally not my cup of tea, but you have to put everything into context in this future dystopian world. It is not a place that I would like to be. (well, no one would like to be there I imagine)
Eve has been taught such bizarre things and she has such an incomplete view of the world. She is such a smart girl, I would have thought that would bug her more. I know it would bug me to find out everything I had been taught was wrong. I really liked Eve though, I thought she was a really complex character, and I was really invested in her well being. I loved that she wanted to teach the little boys how to read. That was so sweet. And Caleb was such a great guy. I was on team Caleb the whole time- I never gave up my faith in him. He was willing to sacrifice so much for her. He broke my heart.
Speaking of breaking my heart, I was not prepared for all the death and destruction. This book really got to me, it affected me. And even though it made me really sad multiple times, it was great! The story it told was so powerful.
The ending of Eve killed me! Totally killed me. I was so upset, I just sat there gaping for a good few minutes. There are a lot of things left unfinished and I need to read the next book. I have to know what happens. Eve is beautifully written, which is not easy to accomplish when you are writing about such destruction. Great book!