I decided it’s time for me to try out a new reading experience (or rather listening experience) so I borrowed an audiobook from my local library…
Eve (The Eve Trilogy, #1)
By Anna Carey
A dystopian future with the past thrown in for good measure. In an America where girls are separated from boys, Eve must find herself and uncover the truth about the world she lives in.
What I found refreshing about this book was that it truly centred around its characters as opposed to being swept up in a mirage of setting and political intrigue. Don’t get me wrong that’s all part of the story as well. However, I felt that it takes more of a backseat than in some of the other YA novels I’ve read. This doesn’t mean that the characters of the novel were perfect specimens though. One of the eponymous protagonist’s most annoying traits was her naivety. Granted, she has lived in a girl-populated bubble for the past sixteen years of her life, but her necessity to repeat what she learned in school was annoying. Her repetition occurred over and over, despite what she discovered as the story continued. At one point, I questioned whether it was the narrator’s voice boring me, but this wasn’t the case. Eve’s character could agitate me at times, but as the story progressed, her character development became evident. It was slight – but evident.
Without a doubt, the most important issue raised was that of gender roles. We (the reader) are transported into a primitive world with (some may argue, somewhat) archaic views on the roles of men and women. Considering that this is a YA novel, I could argue that Carey put these in place to provoke interaction from her audience. How do they view themselves in society? What would they do in Eve’s position? It’s also important to consider that this is a coming-of-age novel. As a result, it will be easy for many of Carey’s audience to relate to the trials and tribulations Eve faces. Eve also has the independence of adulthood thrust upon her. She juggles having to look after herself for the first time amongst the various other threads of the story. It’s important for Carey’s audience to realise that they are not the only ones going through these sorts of problems. In this respect, Eve warrants a great sense of empathy from us readers.
Whilst I had problems with the parts book, for a first experience with audiobooks it was enjoyable. I may be tempted to rent the rest of the trilogy to see how Eve’s story ends, but we shall see.
I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars as it suffers from being a book amongst a horde of other similar ones. There are elements of uniqueness, however, that warrants a recommendation.