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Hardcover, 320 pages
April 2nd 2013 by HarperCollins
How far will you go when you have nothing left to lose?Review:
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.
What would you do if your soul mate was dead? How would you handle a controlling, powerful father? These are all issues that Eve, the main character, faces throughout the duration of this novel. Eve is in a bad state of mind in the first few chapters of the novel; she is forced to live a fake life: acting as if she adores her father and her new "husband", ignoring all of the wrongs continuing to take place around her, and pretending to forget Caleb, her true love. Her character has grown gracefully from the immature young girl in the first novel, Eve, to the mature, calm woman in Rise. The reader will want to root for Eve. Even when her situation seems completely hopeless, she manages to find something to work towards.
The reader will become reacquainted with past, familiar characters from prior books in the series and meet a few new characters. I absolutely hated Eve's father. The author made him a "polished, oppressive, and evil" character with few redeeming qualities. He does claim to care about Eve and perhaps actually does, but I was not personally convinced. There were a few new characters I would have liked to see more developed; it felt like they were only in the book to provide background information. I did enjoy reconnecting with characters from the first two books I had grown to love. I thought Moss was an interesting character; he is attempting to destroy the city that Eve's father crafted...with Eve's help. He felt like one of those revolutionary types from Les Miserables, the author did a great job of developing his character.
The plot itself was a continuation of the first two books. Eve is now helping with her father's take-down; she has several very difficult decisions to make. The ending was a little disappointing, it was very predictable and felt rushed. One of my chief complaints about this book would be that I would love to rewrite the ending myself, adding in my favorite characters. Overall, this book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.
3 1/2 Stars
Krystal @ Live To Read