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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.
Wow! I LOVE this book! I love the characters, I love the plot, I love, love, love. And I love the love story. I read. A lot. Like, more than any one person should, probably. And though I enjoy most of what I read, everything after a while starts to kind of blend together. Just like, yeah, I enjoyed it, okay, pick up next book. I had to take a couple of days before doing this review. I had no idea what to say, and EVE stayed with me. I kept thinking about the story long after I put the book down.
I connected with Eve right away. Even though she was completely sheltered and had no reason to doubt what she’d believed to be the truth of her existence, when faced with it, she had pause. She questioned the logic of her world. And she didn’t take forever tossing it back and forth; she took action to discover the truth for herself.
One thing I loved about this story, the author quoted from some of my favorite books. I notice a lot of books doing this, but she did it in a way that truly applied to the story, and I had that moment where I felt like I was falling in love with reading, all over again, for the first time. Powerful.
Eve and Caleb. OMG. Yes please. Two of my now-favorite hot couples. Caleb is the lead YA I always endeavor to see in my books. He’s hot, but not just hot, he’s smoldering in that I’m-tough-and-I-know-it-but-I’m-also-going-to-rock-your-mind-with-my-awesomeness hot. Eve grew up fearing boys, men. Was taught that she could never trust them. And throughout their relationship, Caleb showed Eve the other side, the good side, of being able to trust him and fall in love. There are no words for how much I loved experiencing them falling in love. Again, powerful.