Monday, October 01, 2012

EARLY REVIEW: Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Title: Eve & Adam
Author: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Genre: Young-Adult, Sci-Fi/Futuristic
Seres: Eve & Adam #1 (Last page of ARC indicated of a sequel)

Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication: October 2nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends

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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?


The book immediately started with a BOOM! Our main character sixteen-year-old Evening a.k.a. (Eve or E.V.) gets hit by a car in the first page causing her leg to get torn off! The ambulance rushes her to the hospital but her mom Terra Spiker, knows the best care can only be given by Spiker Biopharmaceuticals, her own research facility. It is there where Eve gets better, but her mom doesn’t want to her to leave just quite yet. Terra gives Eve a little side project, to create the perfect boy. While at her mother’s facility Eve learns that Spiker Biopharmaceuticals isn’t really what it seems to be. The things Eve learns can put her mom and everyone working there behind bars. 

Eve and Adam is written with  multiple points of view, narrated in first person by Eve, Solo and Adam. Each chapter has the character’s name listed at the beginning, and it can switch from one chapter to the next or it has the character continue for a couple of chapters then switches. Eve, Solo, and Eve’s best friend Aislin were the main characters of the book but there wasn’t anything that made them stand out. They all act like typical teenagers, there were times I didn’t really care about them or was annoyed with them. Eve is the daughter of one of the richest woman in San Francisco, Solo is an orphaned boy living at Spiker Biopharmaceuticals and Terra Spiker is his guardian (after the death of his parents) and Aislin is the funny side-kick but a person who doesn’t know when to get out of a bad situation if it hit her in the face. 

I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this book, but the cover and summary definitely piqued my curiosity. The first half of the book was pretty slow, with the authors sit building the world and introducing us to the characters and plot. At exactly halfway through the book, the story picks up with a lot of action and revelations about Project 88715, Solo’s parents and the death of Eve’s dad.The writing was well-done nothing complicated and pretty straight forward. 

This was a good start, it didn’t blow me away but well worth the read. I’m hoping with the world already set and the characters already introduced that the next installment, Adam and Eve will be fully engaging. If you’re looking for a fun not too serious sci-fi book, then Eve and Adam is the book for you! 

FTC disclaimer: Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan) provided me with a copy of Eve & Adam, and in return I provide an honest review.

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