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.
Series: Eve & Adam #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 2nd, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Mystery, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
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?
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.