Thursday, April 25, 2013

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

book cover of Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Title: Eve & Adam
Author: Michael Grant, Katherine Applegate
Release date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Reading level: YA

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?

Eve & Adam is a non-stop action, edge of your seat, thriller. Readers will be hooked from the very first page and I dare you to stop reading this one once you start it.
The book starts with Evening being hit by a car. I kid you not. Her leg is severed, her ribs are broken, one of her arms is seriously damaged, and that is just the beginning. It seems as if, even if Eve lives, she will by severely disfigured and probably walk with a limp for the rest of her life. However, while she is in the hospital, fresh out of surgery to reattach her leg, her mother rushes in and takes her out of the hospital to her company’s research facility. From there things just get even more crazy.
The book starts with a bang. I could not believe how little it took to get my hooked! From the very first page I knew it was going to be a book for me. I mean, really, starting off with a car crash followed by a description of a severed leg. Awesome! And surprisingly, things never really slowed down from there. There was mystery after mystery and surprise after surprise. I managed to guess a few things but there were quite a few things that threw me for a loop. I barely stopped reading the book once I started because I just had to know how everything was going to work out.
The writing was good but not great. The thing I liked best about the writing was that, even though it was written by two different authors, you couldn’t tell. Every chapter flowed together smoothly and the writing styles just really meshed. My flaw with the writing was regarding Evening and I’m not sure if it was intentional or accidental. When reading from Evening’s point of view, things sometimes seemed very disjointed. Her brain would leap from one subject to another without any warning and I sometimes felt like I missed the transitions. It wasn’t a continuous issue but it still bothered me when it did pop up. It was a minor flaw though.
The ending of Eve & Adam kind of threw me off a bit. Everything seemed tied up quite nicely. I honestly can’t think of any questions that were left unresolved, at least not off the top of my head. I felt that the characters got a happy ending and the rest could be left up to imagination. Apparently that isn’t how the authors felt though because once I turned the last page I saw a little note saying “the story continues in Adam & Eve.” I was a little flabbergasted by that seeing as I have no idea what that story is really going to be about. This one can be read as a standalone if you aren’t looking for another series but I will be continuing with the story since I did enjoy this one so much.
Overall, Eve & Adam was a unique, fun story that kept me reading late into the night. It is the perfect read for a rainy day and I definitely recommend it!
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  1. June Luu

    I read this book in one day. Started it, never stopped. It was amazing!!! I always left it back because it didn’t seem like my type of thing, but then BAM! I couldn’t put it down. Great review!!

  2. Bookworm1858

    I thought this book was okay although I also loved the beginning like you did. For me though, I ended up liking the mother best and Solo the least which made pushing forward difficult (I thought he was a jerk and she had the potential to be interestingly complex.)

  3. Christina Kit.

    This does sound like a totally different type of scifi thriller and I love how it is very science and genetics oriented!

    It’s an interesting take on Adam and Eve !

    Lovely review, and yes some grossness in books isn’t bad at all !

  4. Anette

    I love Grant’s Gone series (though it’s far from perfect it’s so addicting!) but I’ve been on the fence about this one. Maybe I’ll check it out, I believe you when you say it got you hooked because his books tend to do that.

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