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