Eve the Awakening Vs Twilight

July 15, 2017 Rebekah E. Goodall 0 Comments

I finished a book. HOORAY! So time for a badly written review. I have come up with a new way to get me started. I found a comment that another has left on goodreads and I'm gonna say whether I agree or not.

*ATTENTION* SPOILERS! You have been warned.

Liz, thank you for the inspiration of today's post with your response to a question that Mary asked. Here's that original review you left.
As I read it I just wanted to pick at a couple of things because actually I basically want to offer a defence for twilight.

"The book is kind of odd in its target audience." para. 1
I'll agree with that statement. It's set in 2040+ (I don't believe it was ever noted), when a skateboard from 2019 is an antique and "Dynamic!" is the young peoples' favourite phrase. And a new kind of racism against the next evolution of the human race.

The next evolution of the human race are chimera with better immunity, strength, faster healing, and of course the thing that makes them kind of a threat; telekinesis. Also aliens. A foreign species known as interloper has taken residency on planet earth and happen to be very intrigued by the advantages chimera posses.

So when trying to narrow gown the genre it's really all over the place. This book is a mutant-Young-Adult goes to collage-with-bitchy-rich-girls, looks into missing-persons-cases, teaches-a-boy-to-use-his-mutant-powers and together they violently-disrupt-the-plans of the kidnapper-aliens-who-want-to-drink-their-blood-and-absorb their-power like they've done to other superior-species-on-other-planets, book.

It's got an odd target audience because it's an odd mix of genre.

"It contains a lot of cursing... and there is mention of sex" para. 2
Here Liz is trying to explain if the book is suitable for a 13 year old.

There's actually no need to mention the swearing or sex-talk that doesn't go anywhere. These things come with the territory of all YA books. If the characters were actually going to take their clothes off it would automatically be an ADULT book.

The question for any parents out there is if your own kid is really a young adult, and I believe that even though they are "mature," if they don't drive, or wash their own clothes, or some other sign that they are truly ready to be independent and live in the world on their own, then technically speaking they're not even close to being young adult.

The problem is that even though the main measure that takes a book from Children's to YA is the age of the main character being 17+, it is still targeted at readers younger than that.

Based on my own experience reading this book; would I be traumatised if I were only 13? Maybe. There's a fair bit of horrible things that follow the guy coming in to the hospital with his chest shredded and torn and totally covered pouring out blood, which might be disturbing.

But when you read you appropriate past visuals to your imaginative experience. If you haven't seen it in a movie or real life before then it's not easy to picture while reading.

Would I enjoy it if I were only 13? Maybe more than I did at 21. I'm used to more intelligent conversation and the 19 year olds in this book are all the same basic maturity level. Eve has had a hard life so she's the strongest emotionally, but otherwise these people aren't significantly mature for their age; and they don't have more than one specialised skill each.

I really have to wonder if Eve would even be that significant if she had no powers. Her parent's would have still died in a genuine car collision but her aunt wouldn't have been neglecting due to her racism against chimera. Eve would have seen a shrink and moved on, becoming the same basically level-headed adult. She would have still wanted to get out of her small town to do her own thing in the world; found that collage is always harder than everyone thinks but trudged through.

The attacks on chimera are only personal because she's one of them. She's damaged, and determined to prove herself; but the situation is what makes the story, if Eve had nothing to do but go to class we would never see anything significant about her other than that she's an average IQ, tall, skinny girl with red hair.

Apparently this is the exact opposite of Bella Swan, according to Liz. Why don't we compare them...

Comparing the main characters of Eve: The Awakening & Twilight; the Twilight Saga



Parents: Died in a car crash when Eve was little; was taken in by neglecting aunt.
Parents: Separated before Bella could remember. Moves to live with father.

School: Prestigious University, majoring in "who knows."
School: Small-town high school, always does her homework.
Boyfriend: Jason lives in her building, he's also a chimera. They start as a crush and have a basic human relationship.

Boyfriend: Edward's vampire family are spending a few years in town, he goes to the high school out of boredom really; he probably has degrees and has had other careers.
Their relationship is very serious very quickly.

Super Power: Chimera species; 'Telekinesis'.

Super Power: 'Mental Block.' Cannot be controlled or read.

Appearance: Tall, thin, long red hair. 

AppearanceAverage height, thin, long brown hair.

To be honest I can't imagine the polar opposite of Bella. Maybe they'd be a monk that lives in the desert, addicted to social media, and gets their meals delivered.

It's quite hard to claim that any main character from any two YA books are opposing forces. There's a template they tend to follow and the only difference is if they relate to your own personality or not.

I think Liz is also confused when she said that the relationship between Bella and Edward is abusive. He never uses her to feed, or hits her, or makes her do anything she doesn't want to do. If anyone wants to help me see what about their relationship is harmful, I'd be grateful.

I don't think you can automatically assume that every mother of a 13-year-old girl hates Bella and thinks she's weak, thoughtless and a bad role model. Sometimes we don't want a role model when we read a new book; we want a friend.

"Eve is a fantastic female role model" para. 4
Actually she's a murderer; She killed the man who's truck collided with her parents. She walks into dangerous situations, disobeying authority. And she isolates herself from others.

Yes, she lives despite of the entire world's racism against her, and yes she defeats the bad guys and yes she works well with a team, but you wouldn't want to follow her example; none of what happens in Eve: The Awakening is realistically a situation where you would need to know what she did to get through it.

Other points I'd like to make include;
* The book started as an episode that didn't really end to open the next one. It felt like more things just kept happening. That's just what I noticed when reading it; it's long so It should be broken into sections and the chapters are too long, you never feel like like you can take a break.

* I'm annoyed that there's more books coming. I know that's how authors are secured to keep making money but I don't care about what happens next. I know that the world needs to know they're wrong to hate the next evolution of their species but I don't know if the action with the aliens lines up with that objective. The chimera have attackers coming from both sides which isn't fair.

* I have now come to the end of ever reading books about teenagers. Actually I don't know if that's related to this review but I'll leave it in.



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