Saturday, April 27, 2013

Review: Rise (Eve, #3) by Anna Carey

Published Date: April 2nd, 2013
by HarperCollins
Pages: 320 (hardcover)
Stars: 3.5

How far will you go when you have nothing left to lose?

When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America—and the blushing bride of her father's top adviser—Eve's whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb's memory, and the revolution he started.

Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King's court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she's called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion—killing her father?

In Rise, Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight as Anna Carey's epic tale of romance and sacrifice in the chilling dystopia of The New America comes to a stunning conclusion.

          The Eve series is one of the forerunners of the expansive young adult dystopian genre. It’s been there to lead other novels of the same kind into the desolate, oppressing world that we see only in works of fiction. The story of Eve and company has always been a great tale of sacrifice, love, and strength throughout all of the novels, colliding here once and for all in Rise. After all I’ve been through with these characters I am upset to have to finally let them go, but I was a little disappointed with how it went down.

          Eve is much where we left her in Once. She’s stuck where she doesn’t want to be, bound to a man she doesn’t like, and completely heartbroken. What can one do in such situation? Act like a total mean-hearted female dog? Oh, or maybe stir up trouble? Apparently, Eve seems to think those are the only things that need to happen. After joining sides with the rebellion, Eve is like a lost little puppy. She doesn’t seem to know what she needs to be doing. She keeps repeating what she has to do over and over in her head, hoping that it will all turn out fine. It was a vicious cycle of obeying the rebellion’s orders and fulfilling them with a rather guilty conscience.
          The characters in these novels are such well-crafted, pleasant people and I am glad I’ve had the chance to read about them. One of the things I really actually liked about Rise what that all the characters from the previous books pop their heads in to this continually saddening story. 

          The truth is I’m still trying to figure out if I liked it at all or not. The ending was a huge, anticlimactic, disappointing mess. Think of the worst possible way you could end a book and then read this ending, they would be the same. I don’t mean that in a good way either. It just felt wrong and incorrect. You’re left hanging without any explanation of how things ended up for the characters and their lives. The big plot twist (that you knew was coming, might I add) was stuck right with all the rest of the disappointing mess.
          In the end, I’m not really sure I am impressed by Carey’s attempt at the last Eve book. There are many scenes that really pulled on my heartstrings, but others all I could so is just sit there wondering how better they could’ve been. I will indeed be sad to not have to wait on anymore of these novels with their expertly depicted dystopian scenes, but I just wish I could’ve seen just a little bit more.

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