Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Pages: 291
Source: BEA
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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?--Goodreads
First: a car accident and a hospital that fears Eve may never be able to run again.  Her mother, Terra, is a significant character in the science world and when she insists on bringing Eve, straight out of surgery to Terra’s own science facility, there is no questioning.  Second: a recovery room and boredom.  To quench Eve’s boredom, her mother gives her a science experiment to play with: Eve has to create the perfect boy.  Eve creates Adam.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book.  It sounded like a thoughtful concept, and one which would be great to read about if done the right way.  Well these two authors wrote it in exactly the right way because I loved every minute of it.

Eve and Adam was constant action which didn’t let up until the very last page.  I was surprised at how fast I flew through the book, wanting to know more.  I thought it was going to have more of a science element which I wasn’t going to like but as much as most of the book took place in a science facility, science was not a big issue.  Science is not my favorite subject in the world and Eve and Adam stuck to the minimum: talking about genetics and the cliché of creepy objects in jars.

It was amazing writing and grabbed the reader along for the ride.  Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate worked together and wrote a masterpiece of both a book and a boy named Adam.  As much as Adam was gorgeous in every possible way, I loved how Grant and Applegate took the time to sneak in a few moral messages for the kids.  Perfect boys don’t always mean perfect everythings. 

The characters were memorable.  However, both narrations of Eve and Solo sounded too similar.  The only way I could differentiate the two was by looking at the name in the beginning of the chapter.  However, this may have been done to show how perfect they were for each other.  As much as their narrations were similar, their decisions were different which made them both unique in their own ways.

The ending was adorable but too short.  I felt like the whole thing was over too quickly.  I think this book has a little bit for everyone but if you are especially into science fiction, you’ll want to check this one out.

“I am thinking of an apple when the streetcar hits and my leg severs and my ribs crumble and my arm is no longer an arm but something unrecognizable, wet and red.”
-Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate, p. 1 (ARC)

Rated PG-13 for crazy experiments, a car accident, blood and gore, and sexual references.
Cover: 5
Characters: 5
Plot: 5
Ending: 4
Writing Style: 5


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