Wednesday, January 22, 2014

review: RISE by Anna Carey

RISE by Anna Carey
Series: Eve #3
HarperCollins: Harper
Released: April 2, 2013
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 310

Rating: It was okay

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 whot o fight as Anna Carey's epic tale of romance and sacrifice in the thrilling dystopia of The New America comes to a stunning conclusion.

My Thoughts
I LOVED the first book in Anna Carey's Eve trilogy. I picked up an ARC at BEA and almost didn't hand it over to be signed because I was too into the story. The second book was also fabulous; I sped through it in one night. Rise was also a quick read, but the story ended abruptly. Topping out at just over 300 pages, this is not exactly a long read. I expected there to be an epilogue to expand on the event that happens at the very end of the very last chapter to keep it from feeling so choppy. The lack of a real ending is mostly what brought the rating down for me.

Not considering the ending, Rise was okay. Eve is a little badass, even if she doesn't feel ready to admit it to herself. She did what she had to do to survive, and she does her best to take care of the people around her. The other characters are difficult to care about at times, however. Some of the girls who escape with Eve are stupid beyond the realm of naivete, and Eve's friends from the school can't get over themselves. Both of these things are incredibly frustrating. Several characters are killed, and their deaths are merely glossed over. I realize that the story is fast-paced at that point, but it would have been nice if Eve could have taken a few seconds after it was over to reflect on what she has lost. I wanted to mourn their loss, even if she just wanted to move on.

I suppose the main problem with Rise is not the story or the characters but rather the lack of shine on the novel. Nothing in this book is memorable. Considering how wonderful the first two books were, Rise is a disappointing conclusion to the trilogy.

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