Book Review: Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

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Posted 10/03/2012 by alicemarvels in Science Fiction

Overview

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Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
 
Release Date: October 2, 2012
 
Page Count: 304
 
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible. While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything... until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.
 

PROS:

cool sci-fi plot; realistic, funny dialog; strong likable MC voices
 

CONS:

unfinished business (but it IS book one of a series)
 
BOTTOM LINE

With snappy dialog, memorable characters and a fast-moving, original plot, Eve & Adam is an entertaining sci-fi read that is sure to please my fellow Grant/Applegate fans.

Review:

When I heard Eve & Adam was a Michael Grant + Katherine Applegate book, there may have been some squealing. I was a huge Animorphs fan growing up, and I’ve been obsessed with solo projects of theirs over the years. Katherine’s Making Out books are pretty much the perfect beach reads, and Michael Grant’s Gone books are still giving me nightmares (the latest featuring killer Red Vines). Eve & Adam is another strong Grant/Applegate collaboration.

A few reasons Eve & Adam rocks:

Evening and Solo

Let the sexually-charged adventures begin!

For most of the story, we alternate perspectives between Evening—a girl who’s had a nasty run-in with a San Francisco trolley and has to recuperate in her mom’s fancy bazillion dollar laboratory—and Solo, a guy who lives at said fancy laboratory with a few secrets up his sleeve.

From the moment they meet, they’re sizing each other up, trying to decide if they can trust one another (and trying to decide whether they might want to make out, of course).

I loved their voices! They smart, they like to banter and flirt, and they have strong consciences….a character feature that might just be a liability as they uncover more of Spiker Biopharmaceuticals’ secrets.

The Hot Mess Bestie

It’s 10AM, time for a flask break!

Whether you’ve had a hot mess bestie or not, you know the type. Sometimes you want to throttle her for her Lindsey Lohan lifestyle choices, but most of the time she’s a loyal, hilarious and fun BFF you feel lucky to have around.

Eve’s best friend Aislin is a total bad decision factory, but it’s somehow endearing (and the source of quite a lot of plot).

The Perfect Guy

Why are all these people humping my leg?

Eve’s sick day science project is to create the PERFECT guy, and she delivers the goods. Seriously, if he walked through the streets of San Francisco, women and men would be crashing their cars into telephone poles, climbing over each other to get next to him. He reduces intelligent humans into drooling zombie hordes.

So….if he’s so perfect, Eve should be in love with him right? No guy should even come close. I’m not going to spoil the story, but it’s interesting to examine the quest for human perfection, and what lengths we’re willing to go to for cures to diseases, advanced healing rates, and godlike control over our genes.

Mad Science

Creepy tube people. It’s science, y’all.

You don’t need to know what the hell you’re doing in biology to appreciate the coolness of a bionic person coming together on-screen, or the ethical implications and dangers of genetic experimentation and cloning. The authors know exactly how much detail to reveal to keep your belief suspended, and to keep the plot moving. The sci-fi elements aren’t overly in-depth, but maintain plausibility and make for great excitement. It’s a sci-fi thriller, so there are some deranged mad scientists doing some unsavory things. Part of the fun is figuring out who they are.

It’s just FUN

Hello gorgeous!

Solo, Eve and Aislin get into more than a few tough situations as they cruise around the Bay area, both looking for and evading trouble. I love the San Francisco/Marin setting. If you’re going to go on the run from Serious Baddies, it’s so much more exciting if you’re doing it in a gorgeous city.

The writing in Eve & Adam is so active, it makes for a rollicking fun popcorn read. This story would definitely translate well to a TV show or movie.

(PS—I really wish that MG + KA would collab on writing screenplays, or maybe even a TV show. Perhaps a side project sci-fi for the CW? We all know we’re in a golden age of TV. I feel like our best YA writers should represent.)

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10 Comments


  1.  
    Kelly

    This sounds awesome—I can’t wait to read it!




  2.  
    Celeste

    I loved this book. I do wish there had been a bit more scientific explanation of how the machines interfaced with human parts. It seemed kind of “tada!” to me. But it was definitely an entertaining book. I’ll read the sequel.




  3.  
    Vivienne

    If this perfect guy *really* looks like Henry Cavill, I’d crash cars and hump his leg. 😀




  4.  
    riley

    i love michael grant’s gone books, and i am sick of waiting for Light to come out, so i bought this. and it better be good.




  5.  
    Jessica

    I really liked this one! Glad you gals did too. 🙂




  6.  
    Katie

    I need to read this but sadly it will have to wait a loooong time. My to be read shelf is too full to add it for at least a month. 🙁




  7.  
    Mel

    Just finished the book, and it’s AWESOME 😀 I’m so glad there’s a sequel coming up! I was almost upset that I thought there wasn’t going to be.




  8.  
    ALLISON

    This book was so good hope everyone else thought so too!!!!




  9.  
    Kaylee-Paige ALberson

    The book is inappropriate





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