Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate: Review

Posted April 18, 2013 by annajohnson in book review / 7 Comments

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate: ReviewEve and Adam by Michael Grant, Katherine Applegate
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 2, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Science Fiction
Pages: 291
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: Macmillan

I received this book for free from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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?

Dystopia, romance and syfy mix and explode, creating Eve & Adam, a book about love and science. The cover is the immediate hook, tempting you with unexplained phenomenons dating back to biblical times. I felt like the original Eve when I dove into this book…thinking it might be a little blasphemous to read a story where “and girl created boy.” But when I got into the meat of the story, there really wasn’t anything too forbidden about it. The plot lines were littered with so many points of view that I never connected with any one character. I liked the premise, but wasn’t enthralled.

Evening Spiker, Eve, is a likeable enough character in the beginning of the book. She’s very smart, logical and a romantic – a pretty good representation of how I want people to see me – probably why I liked her and hated her. But she’s spoiled. There’s no getting around it. Her mother, Terra Spiker, is an incredibly rich business woman who throws money at Eve like its nothing. Terra comes to Eve’s rescue after a terrible accident, transporting Eve to Spiker Biotech where she recovers at a rapid rate. Come to find out, Eve has been genetically modified to heal as a child. Instead of being mystified or even grateful, all Eve can see is a controlling mother.

Terra allows Eve to play with a new computer program where she can build the “perfect guy” during recovery. Unbeknownst to Eve, the perfect guy, Adam, is actually being created in a lab somewhere with every key stroke and eye color selection. While Eve is creating Adam, a connection forms between Eve and Solo, a mysterious boy living in Spiker Biotech. Solo was my favorite character, mysterious, good-looking, smart – forget Adam, Solo’s the perfect guy! He has an unexplained past that comes out later in the book that rocks each character to the core. Really, Solo’s the saving grace of Eve & Adam.

While I wasn’t completely engrossed in the characters or the plot, it was an enjoyable read. Not too fluffy with an interesting message. Eve & Adam is a story about how the perfect person for you, really isn’t the best person for you.


7 responses to “Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate: Review

  1. Most of the initial reviews I saw of this book focused on the romance between the two characters, so it kind of turned me off it. But the way you described it makes me think that it could raise a lot of interesting questions about ethics and relationships, and my interest has been a bit piqued. I might have to take the time to read this one soon and see what I get from it. Thanks for the insightful review!

  2. I was very middle of the road about this book. I actually really liked Terra Spiker and wish there could have been more of her as she was a dynamic character to me even if painted in villainous shades.

  3. El

    I personally think that you are being far too harsh about the content of this book, I think it is fabulous from beginning to end. Even if I did slightly lose interest towards the end, I think eve and adam is a great read.

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