My Thoughts On: Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Posted December 3, 2012 by Asheley in Uncategorized / 13 Comments


Eve & Adam
by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Publish Date: October 2, 2012
291 Pages
Source:  Publisher for Review

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? –(summary from Goodreads)

Eve & Adam
by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate


My Thoughts
:  Because I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book, my expectations weren’t set at an unreasonable level. I knew that I absolutely loved the cover – the way the title tied into the apple and the little phrase at the top of the cover. I also loved that the authors are a husband-wife team because I have big respect for authors that can co-author books. I started Eve and Adam and found myself invested in the story within a sentence or two because right away there is action.

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Eve begins her part of the story as the victim of a pretty terrible accident in which she barely survives. (This actually ties into the apple on the cover – hooray! for a cover that makes sense and is pretty too.) Eve has pretty urgent surgery and is thankfully going to be okay when her mother demands she be released from the hospital right away and be transferred to her research facility. Eve’s doctors insist that she isn’t stable enough for transport, but her mother demands that she be released at once. By her side throughout all of this is the very handsome Solo, who seems to work for Eve’s mother’s research facility. Solo accompanies Eve on the transport to the new facility; because he does not leave her side, there is an uneasy and odd sort-of trust formed. A rapport, of sorts, that builds into a relationship.

Eve begins to notice that Solo doesn’t have nice things to say about his surroundings, and yet he doesn’t leave. He is too young to really be employed there, and he seems to attend school there too. It is a business, for crying out loud. What is going on here? Further, Eve’s body is doing strange things. After her new physician and his team begin treating her, she notices much less pain and seems to feel much better quite rapidly. Solo doesn’t seem to question what is going on. In fact, he seems to be very comfortable with her superweird, superquick healing. Eve is feeling practically no pain, can walk without assistance, and is curious about what on earth is going on with her body…Wait? Does Solo know something she doesn’t know? No way. He can’t possibly. Eve must be imagining things.

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Eve and Adam is a fun science-fiction story that also has a fair amount of romance. The premise is exciting and pretty awesome. I am always very interested in the science-fiction stories that take the time to explore ethical issues and this book is pretty full of them, but they never get preachy. I love that. The authors are definitely onto something very cool with their premise and idea for the story, and I like it a lot. However, if the story were just a little tighter and more fine-tuned, I think it could be just a little bit more worthy of being on my book-pushing list. I’d like to see some of the ideas expanded upon and explored a little more indepth, perhaps in the (possible) sequel that (potentially) is coming out, according to the back of the ARC-copy that I read. 


In terms of the romance, Eve and Solo seemed pretty obvious to me from the beginning. Sorry, but no surprise there. Solo is handsome and athletic, and he is the only younger male that resides in the research facility. Eve is also beautiful and athletic, and now she is the only young female in the clinic as she is the only real patient the medical team currently has. I like the tension and curiosity between Eve and Solo as they begin to know one another and establish trust. I like the build-up and the way Solo begins to let his guard down around her. He has more to lose in becoming involved with the boss’ daughter. I mean, he knows things…a lot of things… 


While the relationship is growing, Eve is given the distraction task of creating the perfect boy. Using her combined gifts/interests of genetics and art, she uses a computer program created at the research facility to begin with physical features to create a physically perfect boy, and then fill him in with personality traits. Will he be smart? Funny? Athletic and a healthy-eater? Or will he be shy and exercise only moderately? Or none at all? Eve has total control in creating a simulated version of a person and she loses herself in this fun and begins to feel sort of “close” to her creation. She has no idea at all what her mother and the other scientists are up to and what they are capable of, and what is going on in the underground workings of the facility. She’s just testing the program to see if it can be done, right? RIGHT?

Surely Eve wouldn’t take part in anything that she was ethically opposed to? Does Solo know anything any of this, because something seems kind of suspicious and not-quite-right? If so, exactly how much does Solo know? And how long will he wait until he mentions his suspicions to Eve? Does he have proof? THERE ARE SO MANY QUESTIONS. 

And…how far will Eve’s mother be willing to go to save what is hers? Is she really the evil person that Eve and Solo thing that she is? Hmmm….

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Eve and Adam begins at a good pace and held my interest very well. I was invested in the relationship between Eve and Solo as well as Eve’s healing process. Why did her mother move her from the hospital to her facility? As information began to be revealed and the focus of the story shifted to more of the science/ethics spin as much as the romance, the book became a little bit more action-oriented and a little more fast-paced. There were a lot of things thrown into the book that perhaps could have been expanded upon -and maybe some of the things could have been left out completely – but ultimately these quick details did not take away from my enjoyment of the book and will not keep me from reading a sequel installment. Eve and Adam is a fun story that allowed me to escape life for a little while and venture into another world, and I so love it for that.


In terms of the co-authoring, it is obvious that Grant and Applegate have been writing together for some time. As I read, I tried to tell which author wrote which part and to determine seams in the story and it was very difficult. As the book is written in multiple points-of-view (three), there are obvious breaks in POV’s, but they were still very seamless and not at all clunky or difficult to adjust to. I am pretty amazed when authors work so well together and these two are a perfect example of when co-authoring works out perfectly. 


Also in terms of the writing style, Grant and Applegate have a writing language that is very much like the way I speak in terms of sentences mixed with phrases, and I loved that. I noticed it right away and it made me smile. I love it when authors aren’t afraid to mix phrases with their complete sentences because HELLO some people actually speak in clips and phrases.


I recommend Eve and Adam for fans of science fiction stories with some not-overly-heavy ethical issues and romance. The end of the book states that there will be a follow-up book titled Adam and Eve – I’ll definitely be continuing with the story.

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Eve & Adam will appeal to fans of:

YA Science Fiction with Ethical Issues
(didn’t feel preachy at all)
Romance: Present, possible triangle.
Possible sequel in the works!

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate 
is currently available for purchase.

**I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion and review. I received no compensation for my thoughts. Thank you Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan!

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Have you read Eve & Adam?
If you have, what did you think?


Asheley

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13 responses to “My Thoughts On: Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

  1. Hmmmm. I can't tell whether this will be a winner for me or not? I've definitely read a lot of mixed things. I like romance! And interesting ethical issues that make me think. Sci-fi is fun, but wouldn't be my first draw. I'm curious about this possible triangle, since there really isn't anyone else mentioned in the review besides Adam, who I'm not sure is even real? I'm definitely intrigued but I may wait until the second is out to read this one.

    • I talk about Solo! And I actually like Solo a lot. The sci-fi is actually a little bit lighter than it could have been – meaning, I kind of breezed through this one pretty easily without having to put any thought into it. It was easy and fun and I read it pretty quickly. I forgot to mention, too, that there is no cliffhanger. So if you want to read it, you'll be okay. I'd save it for after something hard or tough or mentally taxing.

  2. Gah, I'm like Lauren, I just can't decide whether or not I want to read this book. I think the answer is…not really. BUT I do have an ARC so I feel like I should at least give it a try, and knowing that it will be easy and fun to read even if I don't love it means maybe it'll be worth my time? Planning to dig into my store of 2012 ARCS to try to finish them off pretty soon here, so we shall see.

    • It was certainly fun and a brilliant concept that I just think could have been awesome had it been executed a little more sharply or tightly. I'll go as far as to say that maybe the book should've been a little longer.

      One of the good things about this one is that it is a quick and easy read, and those are always good to have on hand when coming off of something heavy, long, or particularly dark. Also, I'm a fan of multiple POV's and this is one of those too. I liked it enough to grab the next one, although I have no idea where it's gonna go and why they didn't come up with a more original title. Adam & Eve is a little too close to the original, it seems.

      Ultimately, I don't think this one screams "This is a Heidi book!" to me but maybe you'll like it. 🙂

  3. I love the cover of this one! And the story sounds very intriguing. It sounds a bit like a cross between Origin & Beta (two books that came out this year), but I would still want to read it and find out what happens!

    • Yes, the cover is really amazing AND it kind-of ties into the book.

      The story is great. I just think it may be a little short? Maybe it is a little short and could have been just a teensy bit more awesome if it had MORE about some of the fun details in it. But yes, I enjoyed it. It was a quick and easy read, and I'll pick up the next one when it comes out.

      I've seen your blog posts on both Origin and Beta. They both sound pretty great, particularly Beta. I'm not sure this one is as "deep" in terms of ethics as those are – I know you mentioned that you enjoy those types of books. I think there is room for these authors to make MORE of the ethical issues they brought up, but they kind of only make a medium-sized issue rather than a full-sized issue out of it, if that makes sense.

      But yes, fun and easy. I liked it. 🙂

  4. I usually avoid sci-fi since my typical experience has not been great. It's one of the reasons I haven't read Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I own it. It's autographed, but frankly I'm scared I won't like it. This sounds really interesting, but it being categorized as sci-fi make me very wary of it…

    Another great review from the Bookworm 🙂

    • Oh I love sci-fi. A ton!

      This one isn't one that I think is a "Richard book" to be honest.

      You're so funny! Across the Universe is so, so good. And the second book, A Million Suns, is nail-biting better. And I can't wait to read the third book when it comes out soon.

  5. I wish there had been more exploration of the ethical issues involved; this was a little toon on the surface and not deep enough for my taste despite being a quick fun read.

  6. I haven't read it yet, but I stop front of it every time I go into the book store. I've often wondered if I will love the book as much as I love the cover! Thanks for your thoughtful review, I think you''ve convinced me to pick it up.

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