By: Anna Carey
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, 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 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 the year 2015, a plague has been wiping out the population, and the vaccine that was supposed to help is making everything worse. When Eve was five years old, her mother died and she was taken to a school for orphaned girls. Eve and the other girls spent their entire life learning. They learned about diseases, vicious dogs and the evils of men. They all knew that when they graduated they would go to college and learn a skill or a trade. Eve could not wait to live in a cute little apartment with her friends and they would all be career women. Now, Eve is 18 years old and the night before graduation, she finds out the truth. Instead of continuing their education, females are tied to a bed and impregnated. The rest of their lives are spent giving birth. Eve is able to escape and once outside, realizes she has no idea how to survive. She then meets Caleb and realizes that men aren’t as bad as her teachers made them out to be. She also learns what she is capable of and what she needs to do to survive.
Through Caleb, we learn that while orphaned girls are becoming educated, orphaned boys are basically slaves. They rebuild the cities and are forced to carry pounds of concrete on their backs every day and are beat if they can’t handle it. I loved Caleb. He cared about Eve and protected her, but I would have like to learn more about him. I can’t say much because I don’t want to give anything away, but what he did for Eve at the end was so selfless and sweet. I really hope we meet him again in the second book!
Eve was very naive, but this is all she has known. She never had a reason not to trust the people who took care of her. I enjoyed watching her grow. She was very strong, and I don’t think I would have been able to handle the things she did.
Overall, I enjoyed Eve. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.