October 4th 2011
Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.
Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eve’s timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.
The go to: You’re so Vain by Carly Simon. The Sentimental: The Promise by When in Rome. The challenge: We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel.
Ok, so obvious question: Your Sloane Sisters series is totally different from your upcoming novel Eve (The Eve Trilogy) Was the writing experience different?
Completely different. Sloane Sisters was such a fun series to write. And I owe a lot to those books. Over the course of that series I learned how to envision much longer, interwoven stories with twists and turns (before Sloane I’d never written a piece more than thirty pages). Eve was a much more natural series for me to write though. It’s young adult (as opposed to middle grade) and I think writing for an older audience felt more organic to my voice. I’d also been thinking about the book for many months before I wrote anything down. I had the characters in my head already, as if they’d always just been waiting for me to put them on paper.
Why did you set Eve to be in the year 2032? Anything specific or was it kind of random?
In my mind, an important aspect of Eve is that it exists in the near future. I wasn’t as interested in creating an entirely new world as I was taking our world and reimagining it in the wake of an unfathomable disaster. To do this, I always knew the plague would have to happen in the not so distant future. I originally had the plague start in 2012 and end in 2016—the book was set sixteen years after that, as Eve was graduating. But because the series won’t be coming out until 2011, we ultimately decided to change those dates (the novel is now set in 2041, and the plague begins in 2021). We didn’t want someone picking up the book two years from now and thinking: What is she talking about?! What plague?!?
What made you want to write dystopian novel? What do you think separates Eve from all the other dystopians out there?
I never set out to write a dystopian novel. For a long time I’d wanted to explore a post apocalyptic world, what would happen if the majority of people in America died. How would the rest of us go on? Would we stay true to the values the country was founded on, or would we, in the face of fear, follow the first leader with a clear vision? I don’t think of the book as a book about some strange, futuristic world with different rules—I think about it as a book about an imagined version of our world, and the people trying to recover after a horrible tragedy.
You’re going to be going on Pitch Dark: Dark Days of Fall tour (Sqee!) Are you excited?
Ridiculously. I just finished the first from my tour galleys—Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey—which I loved.
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