October 9, 2012

Review of Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate


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?

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Publication Date:  October 2nd 2012
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends
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What if you could create the perfect someone?  The eyes you dream about, the lips, the body, and mind… What if was all possible with a few key strokes here and the click of a mouse? What if it was all made possible thanks to your mother’s research facility? Would you be able to play God?

The story opens up in a way that immediately drew my attention.  An aftermath of an accident told through the eyes of the victim, Evening Spiker.  We see as she recalls her feelings of missing limbs, bones crunching, and the inevitable feeling of dying.  But Evening (aka E.V. aka Eve) awakes from her hospital bed not at all dead to an argument between her mother, and her attending physician in the ER.  Eve’s mother is adamant that Eve would be better off at her facility, in the Neurogenetics Pavilion.

What starts off as a little project (Project Adam) to take away the boredom of being cooped up at Spike Biopharmaceuticals, Eve has been tasked by her mother to create her perfect someone, from the eyes right down to his toes.  Everything physical , as well as his intelligence and his personality traits.  With a little help from Eve’s best friend, Aislin, certain parts of the development process was fun to read and hilarious to watch unfold.  But this was all just for fun, right?  Adam isn’t supposed to be able to come to life, can he?

It is from here that Eve learns some dark truths about her mother and her company, as well as the truth behind her father’s death all those years ago.  All of this is brought to light by the hands of one of Eve’s mother’s little gopher boys, Solo.  But Solo has his own hidden agenda which now seems to come to a crossroads after he becomes closer to Eve.  All his hard work and planning has all come down to this one perfect moment, where he can chance everything…but will he be able to choose between vengeance or Eve?

I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like Eve & Adam before.  It was a refreshing stop away from the usual paranormal/supernatural books of late.   I’ve always been intrigued with the idea of genetic creation.  I mean, come one!  I’m sure we’ve all been seeing it pop up on the news more now that back when we were younger.  We hear about the creation of hearts and skin in petri dishes to be used in operations.  Amazing!  I’m sure we all remember Dolly, the cloned sheep!

But I digress,  Eve & Adam isn’t only a story about genetic creation/cloning whatever…it goes deeper than that.  It goes behind the scenes of this great company.  It talks about deceit, and dark secrets.  It’s about facing the truth, or learning the truth even if the truth is one that you never even dreamed possible.

The world created by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate is one where readers can easily find themselves completely immersed in.  The characters are ones that won’t easily be forgotten, be they good or bad.  I quite enjoyed the different characters in Eve & Adam, but I was hoping for more with a couple.  I was hoping that Eve would be a more confident girl, but found her meek and timid at times.  I for one am very curious what Adam looks like.  To be able to stop traffic and have everyone gawking at your with just one look!  He’s gotta be HOT with a capital H!  I understand the best friend thing, and loyalties etc., etc.  But time and time again, Aislin continued to disappointment me.  Getting money from your best friend ($9000 to be exact) to bail out your drug dealer boyfriend from a gang of thugs should be a real eye opener.  You would think that you learn from THAT mistake.  But no…she continues on the same path, and Eve continuously runs to her side to bail her and her loser boyfriend, Maddox, out of trouble.   I was already done with her after the second fiasco.  And it annoyed me to no end that Eve didn’t just say…screw it!  She’s got more patient than I do… And really, Aislin!  Your boyfriend is in OR for a bullet shot to the stomach, and you start making goo goo eyes with Adam?  Ugh…frustrating.

And let me just say, that the fact that the mention of RANCID was in this book!  That was a definite woot woot from me!  Love Rancid.  I’ve got friends who are in a Rancid Tribute band thingy so this part definitely made me smile.  Don’t know who they are?  Bring on the 90’s baby!  Here’s one of my favorite songs from them:

Suffice it to say, apart from a few character flaws (which definitely gave the characters their own individual personalities), Eve & Adam was a fantastic quick read that will open your eyes to the world of Science and scrambling to find just how dark the secrets in this book are.

About the Authors:

I was born in a manger and grew up in a log cabin where I read law books by firelight. . . Oh, wait, that wasn’t me, that was someones else.

I had a hard childhood. Hard for my parents. Not that bad for me. I was an Army brat, moved around a lot. Then I didn’t settle down. I just kept moving. Why? What inner turmoil drove me? Mmmm, I gotta say none. I just have a short attention span. Easily bored.

I’m living in Tiburon, CA right now. How much longer? Don’t know.

I’ve written 150 books. That’s right, I said 150. In your face, Stephen King. Granted, mine are shorter than his. And less popular. And less likely to be made into a major motion picture. And I guess i don’t play in a band with Dave Barry, either, do I?

Sorry: Salieri complex acting up.

Most of those books — and by “most” I mean 149 out of 150 — I wrote with my wife, the lovely, the talented, the eternally hot, Katherine (K.A.) Applegate. We’ve been together for 29 years. Which is a long time. Looooong time. Sweet lord what a long . . . No babe, I’m not implying anything.

Damn internets: you never know who’s reading things.

Anyway, GONE. My goal in writing GONE? To creep you out. To make you stay up all night reading, then roll into school tired the next day so that you totally blow the big test and end up dropping out of school.

GONE. Imagine a world where every adult vanishes in an instant.

Coming soon, a whole other series: BZRK.

Connect with Michael:  Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

Katherine Applegate was born in Michigan in 1956. Since then she has lived in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, and after living in Pelago, Italy for a year, she has moved back to Southern California. She has an eleven year old son named Jake Mates, although she says the Animorph leader is not named after him. In 2003 she and her husband, Michael Grant, her co-author on many projects including Animorphs, adopted their daughter, Julia, in China.[citation needed] Following the end of Animorphs, Applegate took three years off. She is back at work and has written a picture book called “The Buffalo Storm,” a middle reader novel called “Home of the Brave,” and an early chapters series “Roscoe Riley Rules” with Harper Collins. Her book “Home of the Brave” has won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award, and is a Judy Lopez Memorial Award honor book.

 Connect with Katherine:  Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

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  1. I definitely need a copy of this one, it sounds amazing !!

  2. Carmen B.

    I really enjoyed reading your review! Somehow when I read the book description I had this idea that Eve was contained in her mum’s lab all the time – I wasn’t aware that she and Adam would go into the outside world or that she’d have a best friend etc. I think I’ll also get frustrated with Aislinn (don’t run back to the idiot a thousand times!) but nevertheless I need to read this book at some point :)
    And RANCID!!! Fall Back Down is my fave ;)

  3. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    WOW!! “Eve & Adam” sounds soooo good!! I’ve seen the book on some of the other blogs but I did not have a chance to stop and read about it. After your review and the overview of the book, I have to have this book!! I cannot wait to read it. Thank you for doing reviews on all these different books that are out there. Its nice to know what other people think of the book before we decide to buy it or not. So I want to say thank you for all your hard work and Its much appreciated!!!

  4. Chapter by Chapter

    Thank you Lisa! That such a nice thing to say! We totally appreciate you coming by and checking out the review! If or when you get it, I’d love to hear what you think of this one! <3

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