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Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant

October 4th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate & Michael Grant

Source: Picked up at ALA

Publication date: October 2, 2012

Publisher: Feiwal & Friends

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible.

While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything… until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.

This is another tough review to write because I really enjoyed this book and practically read it in one sitting but I wasn’t in love with it the way a lot of friends I know were.

I enjoyed all of the characters but would have loved a little more background on Evening, her mother and Solo.  Yes, we get pieces here and there and obviously Evening and Solo are supposed to be smart coming from brilliant parents but other than playing around with computers there wasn’t much more indications than that.  I did  love Solo’s sense of humor and had a morbid fascination with Evening’s relationship with her self-destructive best friend, Aislin.

What bugged me?  The lack of world building.  So I get that Spiker Corporation is a huge company and Evening and her mother have billions of dollars.  What I found hard to believe is it’s pointed out several times that Terra has no concept of money but is a great businesswoman.  This seems pretty impossible unless maybe her husband or a friend was helping to build the financial side of the company but I don’t recall any mention of that.  In fact, it sounded like Terra’s husband was even spacier than she was.  Then there is another money situation that comes up regarding billions of dollars that I find hard to believe that even someone as clueless as Terra is in regards to the value of a dollar could be ignorant of.

The villains also seem kind of tossed together other than the head villain.  They start popping out of the wood works and it almost leaves you puzzled as to where they came from.  Then there is the whole relationship thing among Evening, Adam, Solo and Aislin.  All of the romantic relationships seem to come out of the blue.  Solo states that while he knew Evening existed he never knew much about her or met her before.  After her accident their encounters are so sporadic I find it hard to believe they could fall in love and be willing to make such large sacrifices for each other.

I did really enjoy the storyline itself and wish there was more development around the deaths of Evening’s dad and Solo’s parents and what everyone was trying to cover up.  Still the story moved along at a nice pace and while there were a lot of little things that didn’t work for me I still found it a fascinating story.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

One Response

  1. Bookworm1858

    I thought the story moved quickly but overall wasn’t super impressed with it-I also really disliked Solo who got derailed from his revenge plan awful fast after meeting Eve.

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