The main character of this story is Eve, who is the first female born on Earth in the past fifty years. With the survival of the human race on the line, she has been kept away from seeing any males until she turns sixteen. At this age, she will make a decision: to choose one male out of three that will assist her in creating the next generation of people to populate the earth. Things don’t work out, however; during an unfortunate series of events, she meets another male named Bram. Bram is not one of the three that was chosen for her, so it is against the rules for them to fall in love. After this initial encounter, Eve tries to see him anyway she can, and Bram does the exact same, causing the suspicion around them builds to extreme heights. Eve gradually grows tired of having all of her decisions made for her by her superiors, so she will try her hardest to gain her freedom, which will allow her to fall in love with the man she truly wants.
There were many things that I really enjoyed about the novel. I felt that it was relatively easy for me to picture the events that occurred in my head because the characters, setting, and actions were described so well. The setting of this novel greatly resembled what I’d imagine a futuristic world to look like, and the fact that action occurred in many different locations also made the story interesting. Another thing I enjoyed was how alternating series of chapters were written from different perspectives. I personally find books in which multiple characters’ stories are intertwined fascinating, so I had a great time reading this book.
The most memorable thing that I learned about was how powerful an emotion love can be. Throughout the novel, it was evident that both Eve and Bram put so many things on the line in their pursuit of staying together. Love is an emotion that can break down any barriers that are placed in front of it; this was a concept that was exemplified numerous times in the book and translates to real life as well.
Reviewed by Griffin, Gayton Library