Saturday, July 4, 2015

[Review] Eve & Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

Eve & Adam by Michael Grand and Katherine Applegate
Eve & Adam #1
Published October 2nd, 2012
Feiwel & Friends.
Young Adult Science Fiction



Premise:

And girl created boy...

In the beginning, there was an apple—

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?


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Review



My thoughts: 

Eve and Adam in an entertaining and fast-paced sci-fi read. I loved the concept, although the writing was a bit weird. I suppose it has something to do with there being two authors involved.

Evening is the daughter of one of the most influential women, Terra Spiker, the owner of a huge bio-pharmaceutical corporation, so when she’s hit by a car it doesn’t seem that strange that her mother storms into the hospital where she’s been tended wanting her to be transferred to the Spiker’s facilities to be treated by the best doctors she has at her disposal. While she recovers, her mother gives her a project to keep her occupied; she has to design a perfect human being with a new DNA simulator. What Evening doesn’t know is that underneath those seemingly understandable little actions, there’s a whole universe of secrets and lies hidden. Here’s where Solo comes in play, he’s known some of these secrets for a long time and he’s ready for the rest of the world to know about them too. What he didn’t know was the huge role Eve would play in uncovering the truth.

I liked this book; it was a really fun read, action-packed and fast-paced, so I was able to finish it in one sitting. 

The characters are a little underdeveloped, but I guess it is fine for a short book. The most interesting of them was Terra. She’s like an ice-queen, really powerful and god-like, such a strong character and full of surprises. 

I felt “meh” about Eve, I mean she was okay but most of her great qualities were a reflection of her mother’s. 

Solo, the other main character wasn’t my cup of tea either. He seems to be really smart but some of his behavior was kind of erratic. [SPOILER:  I mean, when he just ran over one of the drug-dealer guys, without a care in the world and there’s no explaining about it. I'm not saying the drug-dealer was a nice guy, but he was a person nonetheless] (Select text to see).

The plot was okay, but there were a lot of coincidences [SPOILER: The way Eve and Solo seem to run into each other with perfect timing. How perfect it was that even under terrible pressure Eve manages to remember the elevator code which we had never seen her using before. Convenient how Solo gets access to Tommy’s computer, when most paranoid scientists wouldn’t have left their computer unattended, much less if they have the kind of information Tommy did. How Solo manages to enter the firm to access a computer and somehow nobody notices] (Select text to see) which made me roll my eyes a couple of times.

Also, I was okay with the relationship between Eve and Solo for the most part [SPOILER: Until, out of the blue, within two weeks of knowing each other, we get Solo’s point of view and he’s all “I’m in love with Evening”… Insta-love much?] (Select text to see). But whatever, for me their romance wasn’t even the main subject of the story so I didn’t spend much time thinking about it.

Overall, Eve and Adam is a good, fast, sci-fi read. It’s far from perfect, but it’ll do. 

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About the authors

Michael Grant is an American author of young adult fiction. He has written over 150 books, though most are as a co-author with his wife. Together they have written the Animorphs and the Everworld book series, as well as the Making Out book series.  Katherine Alice Applegate is an American writer, best known as the author of the Animorphs, Remnants, Everworld and other book series. She won the 2013 Newbery Medal for her children's novel The One and Only Ivan. 


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