Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Book Review: Eve & Adam

Title: Eve & Adam (Eve & Adam, #1)
Authors: Michael Grant, Katherine Applegate
Published: October 2, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance, Mystery
Format: Paperback
Source: Book Outlet
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?

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(Warning: Review may contain spoilers!)

From the moment I plucked the book out from my bookshelf, I initially thought I was bracing myself for another intense science-fiction read. Just by reading the synopsis, I knew that this novel will be smothered with biology and pharmaceuticals and just . . . pure science. But upon fully indulging in the story inspired by the famous Adam and Eve from the Bible, I discovered that Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate is a lighthearted read, filled with funny and sarcastic dialogues and a quite adorable bunch of teenagers.

The book has multiple point of views: Eve's, Solo's, and later on in the book, Adam's. The narrations of Eve and Solo, specifically, are the life of Eve & Adam. Eve is sarcastic and witty and sassy, while Solo is quite mysterious and determined with a slight hint of quirky amiability. Their voices bring out so much attitude and personality to this book that I absolutely enjoyed. They can alter your moods quickly—one minute you're snickering, the next you're suspiciously curious.

I like that Adam is being followed by hilarity as though it is his shadow. Every single time a scene with Adam comes up, the people around him are described as if they are suddenly put under a spell. People are gawking at him, saying ridiculous things when their eyes land on him, men and women—young and old—are drooling over him. ("I'm totally straight and I'd do him," says Solo by the end of the book.) People are going out of their ways to satisfy Adam . . . I find this highly comical because in a realistic society, people truly are charmed by a person's good looks. People treat that prepossessing individual as though he or she is some kind of god or goddess that descended from the heavens above. A work of art, as some would say.

The plot line is thrilling, but not so suspenseful that it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole ride. It's got enough mystery and fast-paced action to keep the audience reading page after page, still. The authors' writing is also simple, which I really enjoyed because after reading some novels with beautifully crafted flow of words, I find myself wanting to just sit back and relax with a book that is very easy to read and absorb.

The only thing that I did not like about Eve & Adam is Aislin and her deal with Maddox. I mean I like Aislin, but only as Eve's ever-caring best friend. Every female main character has got to have a best friend, some kind of sidekick, right? But Aislin's involvement with drug-dealing Maddox and the "gangbang" drama, I personally think that it is unnecessary. I saw it only as something that Grant and Applegate added into the mix to fill the chapters with.

Overall, I thought that this book is okay. It isn't the greatest novel I've read, but because I've long since known the story of Adam & Eve from the Bible, I still enjoyed this one nevertheless. The concept of the tale is one that is easy to grasp and very enjoyable. Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate is a light read with enough sassy personality to keep you laughing throughout the story.

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Katherine Applegate is the author of many books for children and young adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning The One and Only Ivan, and the award-winning Home of the Brave.

Michael Grant is the author of the BZRK series and the bestselling Gone series. Together as "K.A. Applegate," he and Katherine wrote the very popular Animorphs series. Eve & Adam is their first credited collaboration. Katherine and Michael live in Northern California with their two children and numerous unmanageable pets.

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