So Eve is a teenage girl with a mad genius scientist of a mother….. and Adam is biologically engineered and barely in the book.. *
Eve & Adam (Eve & Adam #1) by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Published by Feiwel and Friends on Oct 2, 2012
Genres: YA Sci Fi / Pages: 291
Format: Book / Source: Purchased
Rating: 3 stars
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?
*While yes, these things happen, Adam is SUCH A SUBPLOT. You expect romance? HA. (<- feels like the grinch who was jipped out of ranting against
Christmas romance triangles.)
The main characters
Evening Spiker is minding her own business crossing the street when WHAM, car crash. Bye bye leg. We experience the disorientation with her as her genius mom rides roughshod over the ER doctors and takes her out of the hospital and to her company’s headquarters. Which doesn’t concern her at all. (<- odd as she knows next to nothing about what her mom does). Eve is fairly believable as a character. She’s super loyal to her friend Aislin, not super close to her mom, and fairly enamored with the idea of building the perfect guy. I didn’t become super attached to her (which was kind of my reaction to this whole book >.<).
Solo starts off as an enigma. Whose this mysterious, good looking guy tailing Eve’s mom? The first few chapters told from his POV keep him that way with quotes like: “She tolerates me. She wouldn’t even do that if she knew.” (p. 23) or “For six years I’ve lived and breathed this place. I know it. I know it all. And I know what I’m going to do with it. As soon as Eve is gone.” (p. 37). Peak your interest?? Sure did mine! Solo does some really cool sneaky spy type stuff while randomly checking in on Eve playing with the software… which takes up a lot of the book. He’s kind of bitter and not quite my favorite male lead, but the slow romance build up between Eve and him is pretty believable. (If slightly yawn inducing when no spy action is going on.)
Aislin, aka the “bad influence” friend of Eve’s, is as world knowledgeable as Eve is naive. (Think BOYS. and drugs. and getting shot at. with a drug dealer boyfriend.) #allofthetropes. Aislin is a good friend of Eve’s, but the minute her BF gets into trouble she’s off… and even though she’s recovering, Eve tries to help. Including sneaking out of her recovery room with Solo’s help #totallythebestlifeplanEVER. Ahem. While I LIKE Aislin, I was really annoyed with her and the BF thing – and the fact that the authors felt the need to give her tons of stereotypical “bad girl” behavior. (<- votes trolls should live under the bridge in the next book and make every car drive answer the Fee FI FO FUM rhyme.)
YOU WILL NOTE THE ABSENCE OF THE TITULAR ADAM. Adam had as much personality as a roll of toilet paper. And he’s in MAYBE 1/4 of the book. So sorry perfect man, you may not pass go and join the list of important people, please come back with cookies and I’ll reconsider. #easilybribed.
The good stuff
- PLOT TWISTS. There is a plot twist towards the end which I particularly enjoyed. However, the rest of the plot is as eventful as fruitcake.
- The science of building an Adam sounded really interesting. It’s not like she could pick a picture of what she wanted, she had to build it using a DNA model. I totally understand why it kept Eve’s attention for as long as it did.
- The slang/writing is super conversational and makes it a super SUPER fast read.
The bad stuff
- WHERE IN THE WORLD WAS ADAM???? I totally expected a love triangle to either a) swoon over or b) rant with the rage of a dragon whose hoard has been pillaged by bats. And then when he DID arrive?!? UGGGHHHHHHH. I felt rather cheated.
- I never really believed in Eve’s mom as the bad guy, which is kind of important with a villain. Yes, she was cold. No, she didn’t fawn and cry over her daughter. Instead she got stuff done and saved her leg! <- kind of important.
- What was the point of Aislin’s BF? He calls her away a lot, but that’s really the only thing he supplies to the plot. There’s no attempt to rehabilitate him or help him aside from giving him money… he FELT like a plot device. >.<
Overall, this book left me feeling MEH. Slightly disgruntled. Ready for a read with a more swoon worthy lead.
Have you read this book?? What’s a book you’ve read with an awesome swoon worthy male? (Aside from ACOMAF <- which is OBVIOUS and WONDERFUL lol)