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Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
After a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a terrifying 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 bright future in 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 Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. But when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
After a plague killed off most of the United State’s population, orphan girls are collected and sent to well guarded and secluded schools where they are educated in preparation for their next step- learning a trade. They are told they will then be sent to the capitol to practice that trade. In addition, they are taught that men are evil. They study classic literature and the teachers interpret the books for them as a condemnation of men and relationships. Why?
Eve is the valedictorian of her graduating class. She stumbles across another student, Arden, as that student is escaping the school premises. Arden tells Eve what the girls are really being prepared for. That night, Eve crosses the lake that separates the education school from the trade school and discovers that Arden was right. Now it is Eve’s turn to escape.
The rest of the book is about her journey to Califia, a rumored safe-haven. Along the way, she meets Caleb and begins to discover that maybe the teachers were not entirely correct about men. Or were they?
I debated on how I wanted to review this book. If you are a teenage girl, you will love it. I think most guys will not. For adults, it will be a quick, entertaining read. I love dystopian fiction and that is exactly what this is. I found the characters interesting, but as with previous books, I frequently found myself annoyed with the main character. Eve seems abnormally naive and it made me angry sometimes, especially when others suffered or were killed as a result of that naiveté. I assume Eve will become less annoying in book two as she experiences more.
The book is pretty much for pure entertainment. I guess there are some discussion points you could get from Eve, but it is not one I would select for a discussion group. I considered only giving it three stars but it is interesting and of course, I love this sub-genre. And of course, it is a young adult series. I will definitely continue with the series.
Reviewed by Christina
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