Book Review: Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
OverviewGenre: Science Fiction
PROS:cool sci-fi plot; realistic, funny dialog; strong likable MC voices
CONS:unfinished business (but it IS book one of a series)
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.)