Monday, March 23, 2015

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Eve & Adam
     "In the beginning, there was an apple.
And then there was a car crash, a horrible, debilitating injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker's could regain consciousness, there was strange boy checking her out of the hospital and rushing her to Spiker Bio-pharmaceuticals, her mother’s research facility. Once there, Eve has to heal, and cope with an eerie isolation only interrupted by her overbearing mother, a strange group of doctors, and the mysterious boy who brought her there.
     Just when Eve thinks she will die–not from her injuries, but boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy. 
     Using an amazingly detailed simulation, that is designed to teach human genetics, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up: eyes, hair, muscles, even a brain, and potential personality traits. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?"

This was a pretty decent book. It was kind of about more than just a girl creating the perfect guy, in a way, even though that played a big part in the story it wasn't exactly what it was about. At least from my perspective. The story often brings up "playing god" with genetics, and the morality of it.

I liked the characters, and I liked the story. In a way it was too fast paced. I think this story could have been better told in maybe a duology, rather than one book. And since this book came out 2 years ago, I don't see there being a sequel. 

Solo and Eve were well written characters, and their dynamic was interesting. Solo had a very one track mind before he officially met Eve. But after he meets her and gets to know her his plan to expose Mrs. Spikers organization gets altered. 

Eve was blissfully ignorant to what her mother had been up to, until meeting Solo. That's not to say that she had any loyalty to her mother in anyway. But, after finding out some secrets Eve starts to wonder if her mother is worth protecting.

I really liked this book, and I would very much liked to read more with these characters, maybe even know what happens next with Eve, Solo and her mothers company. This is where I think the story would have been better over at least 2 books. Everything near the end was kind of rushed. It was still well written, this is the first time I've read a book with 2 authors. This husband and wife team did a great job. Both seasoned authors, and the voices of the characters, while distinct, still flowed nicely from one to another. The cover drew me to the book, and the writing kept me reading. I just really wanted more, even though the book did end in a nice place.

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