Eve is an outcast. A chimera.
After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in sunny Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human.
But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve.
Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?
So the first thing that came to mind as I was reading Eve: The Awakening was X-men; not only because of the only mutant thing, but because it dealt with a lot of the same issues that the X-men series dealt with. The idea that humans are evolving and are afraid by what they can’t understand.
We mostly see through the eyes of our heroine Evelyn Kingston (otherwise known as Eve), who came out as a Chimera at the age of eight; because of this, Eve had grown up dealing with the hate of those who fear Chimera’s.
For the most part the division between the human’s and chimera was really interesting to see; however, there were a few parts where I think the violence was a little too much making it unrealistic. For example there is a flashback we get from Eve’s past where we see her brutally attacked by a mob of eight year olds. Now while I know that kids can be cruel I just can’t see eight years old being savage enough to kill someone, no matter how they were raised. While that may be my opinion, it was enough to make me out of the story if only for a minute.
Everything else in this story however was exactly spot. Eve and a group of vigilante misfits are up against a group of alien’s known as Interlopers who have been kidnapping Chimera students and cutting them open for some unknown reason.
You were constantly on guard, wondering how the Interlopers knew who to attack and how they were infiltrating the school and I will honestly say that the answer will leave your mouth gapping opening while you ask “What the Fuck?”
The only other plot point I really want to hit on is the romance. This has to be one of the most unique love stories I have seen in a while. There was no dancing around each other, no love triangle, and most importantly no misunderstanding that’s only going to be resolved in a few chapters. The romance plot was handled very maturely in The Awakening.
Now there are quite a few characters in this story, all playing an important role; however, in order to keep this review from being a thousand pages long, I am just going to be covering our main characters.
So of course our main character is Evelyn Kingston and she comes to the prestigious Billington University in order to escape the torment that she has lived with every day since she came out as a Chimera when she was eight years old. Because of this Eve has a hard time trusting people and realize of just herself; however, I think Eve’s real appeal comes from her growth as a character over the course of the story. She goes from being a fake, playing along with society’s rules; however, we get to see her blossom into the leader she was born to be. Her sarcastic and bad ass personality also helps her likeability.
The next big character to cover is our love interest Jason Valentine. Jason is interesting in the fact that when I first met Jason I absolutely hated him. While I can’t say too much without spoilers I will say that the first time we see Jason he is a complete douchebag to Eve, and while part of me new from page one that he was supposed to be the love interest I couldn’t help but really wont to hit him in the head with a wretch; however, that is quickly changed after the initial shock wore off. Jason became an understanding and caring partner for Eve, understanding that she has had a hard past and it will take her time to be able to trust.
So the next three characters I am going to cover is the rest of our little group of vigilantes.
Sancho- A loveable dork, who also happen to be a pyro maniac and a demolition expert. I found him to be extremely adorable throughout the entire story—when, you know, he wasn’t blowing things up or setting things on fire.
Percy—A smart ass rich boy who happens to be a gun expert and gay and can I just start by saying, even though I know that Sancho likes JJ, I am kind of hoping that Percy gets together with him. Anyway Percy is the one who supplies pretty much all of the team’s weapons.
J.J—at first I wasn’t really sure what to think about J.J. She was a bit of bitch; however, once she got her head out of her ass, she quickly grew on me. She is a rebel without a cause and doesn’t really care about what people think about her.
Armaan—He is are resident 17 year old genius, whose dream it is to get into the medical program at Billington University. He is so adorable and cute! He helps the team early on (won’t say how), but most importantly he is Eve’s first friend and can really be given credit for helping Eve start to break out of her little cocoon.
Overall that character where absolutely fantastic and it was perhaps my favorite part of this entire story (other than the fight scenes of course!)
So Eve: The Awakening takes place here on Earth far into the future, but even though it takes place in a known setting, the world that Eve and her friends live in is completely dynamic. With its own culture, and rule system made necessary by both the chimeras and the interlopers. Jenna did an amazing job exploring Eve’s world, and I definitely can’t wait to explore even more of it!
So overall Eve: The Awakening was an amazing journey with amazing characters that kept me on the edge of my seat and reading the entire time. It definitely deserves the five out of five stars that I am giving it. Sure there were a few moments that you kind of had to stretch your realm of belief but it is for brief moments at a time and easily overlooked.
Eve: The Awakening if the first in a new Science Fiction series and I definitely cannot wait for the rest of the series. If you are interested in reading it for yourself you can pre-order the eBook over on amazon by clicking the link below. The book itself won’t come out until August 12th, but I can tell you it is well worth the wait.
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And until then, see you next time!