My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Eve: The Awakening, in my opinion, was a great debut for Jenna Moreci! It was interesting, had compelling characters, an intriguing plot and all around made me want to read more and more and more! All fans of YA/NA sci-fi would most likely enjoy this book given a chance.
The story follows Eve, a chimera who witnessed her parents death at a young age. She’s grown up pretty much by herself, in awful circumstances, which definitely make you feel for the girl. But finally there is a light on the horizon in the form of Billington University in SoCal. But everything is not as it seems at Billington, and soon Interloper (alien) attacks spread through the campus. While Eve struggles to get through classes, worrying at any moment that the aliens could come for her, she meets an awesome cast of characters who eventually ban together for a LOT of badassery. Jason, Percy, JJ and Sancho are my personal favourite. Each of these characters were quite well developed and I cannot wait to see them in the next book.
While Eve: The Awakening was a great debut, there were a few cliches, such as the mean girls, new girl trying to fit in, special girl trying to be normal (and failing miserably) and special girl becomes MOST special girl in the world. These tropes worked decently together, and definitely helped to set up a lot of tension for the main character Eve. At times there was some confusion with the point of view, whether it was supposed to be omnipresent or not, since we really dive into specific characters POVs at times, without character changes/scene changes. While this was mildly distracting, it didn’t take too much away from the story line, and as a debut it was definitely understandable.
I look forward to the sequel, and to see how Jenna Moreci grows as a writer! 4/5 stars, I recommend anyone into sci-fi gives this a go!