Monday, October 15, 2012

Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant

Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

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

This story was kind of new for me.  I'm a little slow getting on the bandwagon of the "engineered people" storylines, but this was a nice introduction.  The idea was unique, and there were a couple of surprising pieces to it that I wasn't expecting.  I like when a story can keep me guessing a little bit, although one of the biggest surprises came a little early in the story and I would have thought the author would have kept that to herself for a while to increase the suspense, even though I do understand why she chose not to.

I had a little bit of trouble getting into the characters for a good portion of the book, only because most of them seemed kind of unemotional, and this made them a bit unsympathetic to me.  The main character, Eve, has been in a horrible wreck, sustained terrible injuries but through it all she just seems somewhat blase about the whole thing.  There's not much reaction from her and she just kind of moves through the events of the story without a whole lot of reaction to much of anything.  I'm not sure she ever really got out of that either, so it was really hard to become emotionally invested in her.  Her friend was a lot more likeable than she was in that regard.

Solo was an interesting character, but then I felt the same way about him in that he was moving through story, acting on various plans but never seeming to have much emotion.  Although, if I'm being honest, he had a little bit more emotion than the other characters.  The interactions between Eve and Solo created some of the most memorable scenes in the book though.  Together, these two characters were very interesting.

All in all though, the story was a really good one.  I hung in there, things became clearer, secrets came out, and the suspense was amped up.  These sucked me in and had me really liking the story after all.  The writing was intense and kept me very interested.  Stakes were raised toward the end, and some events, and people, are introduced that really have me looking forward to the next installment so that I can find out what happens next.  A really good start to an interesting series, and anice introduction for me into this sub-genre..


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