Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose 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 Arden, her former rival from school, and 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.
Good book overall, but lots of flaws. Some plot elements seemed a bit fantastic for my liking. I found it a bit hard to believe that someone who was brainwashed as long as Eve had would suddenly break free of their preconceived notions and see things differently so quickly.
One major flaw in my opinion was the entire concept of the Schools. Why bother educating orphaned girls if they’re just going to be used to reproduce anyways? That seems like a waste of resources from the perspective of the government. The government also came off as being a bunch of baddies without a cause.
I liked the plot, but it seemed to drag a bit from the middle of the book onward. I also felt like it took a lot of elements from other storylines (i.e., Eve teaching the boys in the den how to read reminded me of Wendy and the Lost Boys).
Overall, it was a decent book, but there were definitely some pieces missing for me. I’d give this book 3.5 stars.