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Eve

By Selane @SummerEllenLane
EveEve has come. Literally. Eve has escaped a prison-like school where she and her fellow students are taught that men are evil, the world is a dangerous place, and that it is their duty to help reestablish the New America that has been ravaged by the effects of the Plague. Too bad it's all a lie, and the girls at school will really only be used to repopulate the new world - whether they like it or not. So when Eve discovers the horrible truth, she hits the road in an attempt to escape. But the King and his soldiers will not tolerate disobedience. She'll be hunted to the ends of the earth. She will survive only if she can depend on the help of her friends and her main squeeze, Caleb.I read this book in a couple of hours. It's really short, really fast. In some ways this is the beauty of the book. There's no long-winded backstory on the destruction of America that makes you feel like you're back in history class. The book just begins and all at once you're submerged into Eve's world. However, there were more than 4 or 5 times that I was struck with a feeling of: "There is no way Eve would do this," or "that's unbelievable." Why? The plot was that Eve had been brainwashed for 12 years to obey the government and take their word for everything. The idea that she would flee the life that she has always known so suddenly didn't hit home for me. She was literally acting the part of a brainwashed automaton for one minute, then in the timespan of 1 hour she was ready to flee the government schoolyard and hate her captors.  People who have been brainwashed for that long and that intensely take weeks, if not years, to convince them that what they have known is not the truth. It would have been better if Eve had been painted as a figure who had always had suspicions about the school, always been curious always doubted the status quo and was constantly searching for truth. In addition, she wasn't a very strong heroine. I mean, there comes a point when the main protagonist has to quit crying and whining, and Eve didn't manage that until the literal final 10 pages. 

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