Title: Rise: An Eve Novel
Author: Anna Carey
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Stars: 2 of 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.
I have to say that when I get to the last book in a series I’m usually very excited to see how an author wraps up the story….but with Rise, I was disappointed almost from the start. Not just because a friend told me how bad it was, but because it was overly disappointing to see that it was basically the first book over again. However, in a different way.
Now….I have to admit what made me give this book 2 out of 5 stars, wasn’t the fact that once again we watch Eve take a journey to Califia, not it was the fact that the end of the book sucked. In fact to me there was no ending….the book just stopped. This book was very open ended. I hate books like this, books that make you think that another one should follow it. I prefer an epilogue to allow the reader to wrap up in their own minds how the story ended. We didn’t get that with this book.
This was such a departure from Eve and Once that part of me wants to pretend this book doesn’t exist. There was so much the author could have done to bring about the outcome of the story, Eve’s dealing with the loss of Caleb, her father and her marriage. Instead we get a re-hash of Eve making the trek to the safety of Califia with the added bonus of her finding her friends that were left at the school, then it’s back track back to the city of sand and finishing what she started. The action takes place in the last 15% of the book, and the rest of it was just filler to me.