By Anna Carey
Published by Harper Teen
Published on October 2011
Source: Library

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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.

I picked this book up at the library- I had heard very mixed reviews about this book, and I was curious about why people seemed to have such strong positive and negative feelings about it...

The Cover:  I enjoy this cover.  I think it is a very lovely cover- I love the colors, the font for the title and the girl.  I am happy that they actually matched up the girl with what the story says she looks like.  I am not sure why she is in a flowy dress (that doesn't match the book at all), but I do like that she at least has the right hair color.

The Characters:  The characters are not what I expected.  I really became attached to both the main characters and the sub characters.  Carey has a way with her characters- they become living and breathing in this book.  She made me care about them and want them to be healthy and survive. 

The Story:  The idea that orphans are being used for breeding and slavery was a shocking and very interesting component to the story.  Although we really don't get to see much of what is actually happening to people in the city, we get to see what is happening on the outside.  This part of the story really made it stand apart from other dystopian books.  Eve's journey to California is slow and grueling and in the process she makes a transformation from needy teenage girl to survivor.  The ending makes it obvious that this is a series (and the second book comes out very soon).  

All in all, I enjoyed this book.  I struggle with dystopians as a whole (mainly because I struggle with finding one as good as Divergent), but I thought this book stood out as being different and had a very interesting storyline.  If you are a dystopian fan- I think this is a solid book pick.

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