Hello, fellow bibliophiles, and welcome to the first Book Review Tuesday of December 2018!
Man, I still can’t believe it’s already December. The year’s almost over now, and honestly? THANK. GOD. But hey, now it’s nearly Christmastime!
Eve was another one of my “interim” books-the ones I borrow from the Kindle library when my physical library books aren’t ready yet. Though my expectations were somewhat low, this book did not disappoint! A simulatenously bleak and hopeful novel, with a startlingly believable vision of the future.
Enjoy the review!
After a plague has wiped out most of the population, mankind is struggling to repopulate. Boys are raised in labor camps, while girls go to the School, where they are educated on their past history and the dangers of men. Once they graduate, they are promised bright futures in the capital city.
Eve has believed all of this since she was five years old, making good grades and obeying the word of the headmistress and teachers of the School. But before she is set to lead her graduation ceremony, she discovers a dark secret about the true fate of the School’s graduates, and runs away so that she might still have a chance at a better life. With only the instructions of a teacher to guide her, she sets off into the unknown, where Caleb, a boy who’s been living on his own for many years, comes to her rescue. She soon discovers that much of what she has been taught in School is completely irrelevant, and must find a way to survive, dodge the authorities, and make it to safety.
I didn’t expect to like Eve as much as I did; I thought it would just be something to pass the time for a day or two, that I’d forget in a month’s time. On the contrary, Eve was an incredible book! While it presented a nightmarish, startling future world, it still managed to be hopeful in the worst of times. Hopeful moments in more dystopian novels is something I really admire; there isn’t a situation that’s completely devoid of hope, after all, no matter how bad it gets. Additionally, the characters were incredible, from the naïve but determined Eve, to the rogue boys and schoolgirls. A solid 7.5 or an 8 on my rating scale.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s review! Have a great rest of your day, and please take care of yourselves and stay warm. 🙂