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Review: ‘Eve and Adam’ by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

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

Review: ‘Eve and Adam’ by Michael Grant and Katherine ApplegateEve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Series: Eve & Adam #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 2nd, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Mystery, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 291
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
four-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?

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review

After reading Michael Grant’s BZRK, I became an instant fan. He writes with incredible detail and his stories always have so much depth that I couldn’t stop reading it. So when I heard about Eve and Adam, I knew I had to get it in my hands. Eve and Adam is written with Michael Grant’s wife, Katherine Applegate who is famously known for The One and Only Ivan. I heard great things about that one too, so it just made me super excited for this one as well. I’m glad the writing duo didn’t let me down.

We find Evening in a car accident in the first couple of pages, almost dying, and almost losing her leg. To her astonishment, she starts to heal at a rather alarmingly fast rate. Then Her mother Terra gives her a project to work on while she’s recuperating in the hospital… To create a person from scratch. Naturally Eve creates a boy (Or should I say man-boy?!). And what starts off as a project catapults her in a dangerous journey to find out the truth behind her mother’s business.

The book is fast-paced, interesting, with an amazing plot. I LOVE the science that was brought into this one and I was completely engrossed in this novel. I love the parts where Eve works on Adam. Ingenious to say the least. I think I even re-read that part over and over again. Yess any science fiction geek will love this one, ME included. I could very well roll my eyes at the descriptions of how hot Adam is, but then again this book is targeted towards teens. The only part that fell flat for me was the lack of character development. I couldn’t really picture Eve’s personality. All I knew was that she was sick of her mother trying to mold her into this perfect daughter. She also meets a boy named Solo whom she’s instantly attracted to, so there’s also that minor plot line to read about. And sure this is a multiple viewpoint novel once again, so we do find ourselves reading from Solo’s point of view as well. Again, there wasn’t a lot of personality to critique. Maybe I was just a tad upset that Adam wasn’t in the entire book. He acts like a minor character.

Suffice to say, I quite enjoyed this novel, the plot was interesting enough for me to keep going, and the brilliant dialogue between the characters just made me laugh out loud. Great work Grant and Applegate, I can’t wait for the sequel.


quotes

Marry me, Adam. I don’t care if you’re missing some parts. I love you.
It’s the fate of all creators: They fall in love with their creations.
You’re my best friend. Of course it’s my problem.
I’m totally straight and I’d do him.

rating

4/5

four-stars

15 Comments

  1. Cassi

    June 24, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    This sounds so good! I read a preview and I loved it.

  2. FJ

    June 20, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    I want this book so badly!

  3. Brent

    November 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    great review

  4. amel armeliana

    October 17, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    This book sounds awesome! Reading your review makes me really want to read it myself. Great review.

  5. Kelly

    October 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    the cover of this book is totally awesome looking!!! makes me want to read it even more!!!

  6. Jennifer k

    October 11, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I am really looking forward to reading this book. I’m hoping that my library gets it! Thanks for the review.

  7. VanillaOrchids

    October 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Right now I’m laughing at the last quote you posted. LOL
    Anyway, great review. I’ve not read a lot of science fiction books, but those that I have, I’ve enjoyed. So I think I would really enjoy Eve and Adam.

  8. Tiffa

    October 11, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Wow, this looks amazing! 😀 I really want to read this as soon as I can – It’s been added to my TBR list already! ^.^

    Thanks for sharing your review (:
    x

  9. Jade

    October 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    I’ve been seeing and hearing so many good things about this book of late, it would be silly not to delve into this one, despite having not read any other works by either of the authors.
    Thanks for the review 🙂

  10. Tiff @ MostlyYALit

    October 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Ooh, I love the premise of this one. Sounds fun and interesting…adding to Goodreads now…

  11. Jaime Lester

    October 8, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Eve and Adam is getting really great reviews around the blogosphere. I wasn’t too sure that I wanted to read it, but now I think I might need to try it out for myself. Sounds like I would be crazy to miss it!

  12. Allyson Rida

    October 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    First, I saw the cover, I was like, I want this book! Then when I found that it was based on the story of Eve and Adam, I shrieked, I wan this book now! Then when I saw, it was set at modern day, I said, oh well. Yup, this books sounds great but definitely not on the top of my TBR list, I will read it, someday 😉

  13. Grace Lo

    October 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    I’ve been pining for the book, firstly because of the cover (which is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT, I tell you), and again because I love Michael Grant’s Gone series. (I have BZRK on my shelf right now and totally need to get to reading it . . .) I love the entire sci-fi idea of it, I mean, “creating” a person? Wow. That’s like, wow.
    One thing I have to say: Adam seems like only a minor character? :c It’s a bit hard to comprehend because HIS NAME IS IN THE TITLE, so why not make him one of the mains?

  14. Lauren

    October 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Thanks for the great review 🙂 I’ve been really looking forward to reading this one but most of the reviews I seen have been 1 or 2 stars. I’m glad to see a good review-it still makes me want to check it out ! I love science fiction so I think I will enjoy it as well. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Sarah O

    October 8, 2012 at 5:23 AM

    I’m interested in reading this book basically because it sounds like nothing else I’ve ever read. I’ve actually never read anything from either of the authors but this seems like a good place to start.

    The only part that turns me off is when you mention how they always say how hot Adam is. Can’t they just describe it once or twice, let the story play out and have the readers decide for themselves based on how his character develops? I’m not 16 anymore but I feel like even so I’d be annoyed by that.

    Anyway, thanks for the review, I’ll be sure to check this one out!

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