Fri, December 14, 2012

Eve and Adam by Grant & Applegate Review

Eve and Adam book cover

Eve and Adam book cover

Eve and Adam
By Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate
Publication date: Oct. 2, 2012
Feiwel & Friends, 291 pages
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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?

— Goodreads.com description

I think the universal response to Eve and Adam seems to be: “I wanted to like it more than I did.” Unfortunately, I felt the same way.

The concept here is very cool: A girl gets hit by a car and is swept away to her mother’s high-tech laboratory. She quickly realizes she’s healing faster than normal and has been a secret experiment of her mother’s for years. And that’s just the start of the experimentation: Signs point to unethical experimentation in cloning and more.

It’s high-stakes, creepy, sci-fi and full of adventure and intrigue. For me, though, the character development just fell flat. There was so much that could have been done with this book, but no matter how hard I tried, I just didn’t connect. The potential to make it a little darker, a little creepier was high, but it stayed very surface-level the whole time. Disappointing!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: katherine applegate, michael grant, science fiction
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  1. juhina said:

    oh thats disappointing. I was really excited for this novel and the way you described it should have had the potential to be an amazing novel.

    great review

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  2. Nancy said:

    I felt the same way. What a disappointment. Like you said, the character development just wasn’t what it should have been.

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  3. Bookworm1858 said:

    Yep, I wanted more too, mostly about the ethical implications of what was going on. I also kind of hated Solo but loved the mother-weird, I know.

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  4. Alexa Y. said:

    Aw darn! And this sounded VERY interesting too. I liked the idea of it, but so many people have felt meh about it.

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  5. Jamie said:

    Yesssss. I was so mad I even finished this one bc it was just meh. So wished this had been better. Wah.

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  6. Meaghan said:

    I agree with this completely! I had the same problem when I read it. And it was so disappointing because it sounded so very good!

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  7. Rachel said:

    I completely agree! I felt the same way when I read this too. I couldn’t connect to the characters or the romance either. It really is a shame because the premise seemed so promising.

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  8. Tara said:

    Review twins with different opinions FTW 🙂 I wonder if the audiobook vs. print played a role?

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  9. Magan said:

    Ah, dang. I definitely feel like this has been the consensus. Pretty average. :-/ There’s so much goodness I have to read right now that this book, unfortunately, is on the way back burner.

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