The final book in Carey’s Eve trilogy offers a satisfying conclusion to the teen protagonist's struggle. The story shows the heroine’s heartache while attempting to find a way out of the depression her soul mate’s death has caused. But as much as Eve suffers, the author misses several opportunities to delve deeper into her character’s inner turmoil. A longer page count would have allowed a closer examination at the story’s heavy themes, including betrayal and murder. However, the book’s surprise ending does pack quite a punch.
After her one true love, Caleb, is killed, Princess Genevieve has only one thing left to live for — ending her father’s tyrannical reign over The New America. Married in name-only to her father’s top advisor helps Eve get inside information on the inner workings of dubious political dealings so she can pass information along to a rebel informant. But when Eve is given a dangerous assignment, will she be able to go through with it, or will her people remain at her father’s mercy? (HARPERCOLLINS, Apr., 320 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780062048578, HC, 14 & Up)
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