I finished up the trilogy this afternoon. And I wasn’t disappointed. I will say the ending seemed a bit, um, don’t know how to put it. Kind of an “oh yeah, here you go.” But not in a bad way. And I won’t tell you what I’m talking about, because I don’t want to spoil it! However, as I said in the review for Once, you probably shouldn’t read on if you haven’t read Eve, or Once. I can’t help but put some spoilers in there.
Okay, Caleb was shot at the end of book #2, so all that Eve can do now is marry Charles. And all that the rebels want her to do, is poison her father. She agrees, after he has killed her true love, why should she let him live, and getting rid of him seems to be the only way to save the city and help the rebellion take over. With help from Moss, an undercover rebel in a high place in the Palace, she gets the poison and puts it in some of her father’s medicine. She finds out she is pregnant. She knows the baby is Caleb’s, and not Charles, because ever since the marriage, she’s never slept with him, he sleeps on the couch in their bedroom. But Charles has been nothing but sweet and always on her side. He just hopes now that Caleb is gone, maybe one day she can love him. And I must admit, I kind of like Charles and wish she’d give him more of a chance. Her cousin Clara has also turned into a great friend, and soon to be confidant. She is able to get a key to escape to Arden and Pip and Ruby. But she is unable to know if they’ve escaped as the rebels begin attacking the city. And while her father recovers from the poisoning, the rebels begin being captured and publicly hung. And so Eve knows she must escape, and when she does, she finds some of the girls from the schools and brings them with her. Clara is with her too, and must go in order to stay safe. They try to travel back through the wilderness on the same path Eve had taken before, to get the girls safely to Califia. Along the way they run into Pip and Ruby, both pregnant. They are trying to stay safe as well as keep away from the soldiers. Eve knows they will come for her, but she doesn’t know if her father will kill her as a traitor now, or continue to shield her as his daughter. In the end, there must be a change, right? That is the purpose of the whole struggle right? But I won’t tell you just how happy it is or isn’t. Only know that the King’s reign will be over.
Another great sequel. While the 2nd book is still kind of my favorite, this was a good end to the story, and as good as the first in the series. I highly recommend this whole series to any dystopian fans. And, truly, for those who don’t like love triangles, while Charles could kind of be seen that way, he isn’t, and I like that. I like that Clara becomes a friend, I like that most of the people in the story do have something good about them, you can even feel a bit for her father, so that is a positive spin to a story, when usually there are so many bad people. I like to see the good in everyone if I can, probably part of being a teacher, and I like it in this book.
Now, since I got this book free at the RT Convention Teen Day Party, I just have to share my picture of me with Anna Carey one more time.