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Monday, October 8, 2012

Review: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Expected Publication Date: October 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Page Count: 304 pages
Format: ARC
Source: San Diego Comic-Con 2012
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.
Going into this book I had a lot of doubts. I had heard from a number of people that it didn't live up to expectations, but I had heard from others that it was absolutely amazing. As you can imagine, I was quite skeptical about what I would be feeling by the time I finished it. I managed to pick up an ARC of Eve and Adam at Comic-Con over the summer and had it signed by the awesome Michael Grant, so I was really excited to finally dig into it. While there were some flaws that I found with the book, overall it was a really great story! It's incredibly fast paced, a super quick read, and has great characters who collectively made the book shine for me.

Eve is a strong and intelligent girl who I liked from the very beginning. She's funny, witty, brave, and loyal to no end. When she's hit by a car in the very opening of the book it's amazing how calm she is about everything, and even throughout her experience in the hospital she's making sarcastic remarks about everything going on. Asilin, her bff is HILARIOUS. I'm not going to lie, I would love a book just about her. I'm not going to lie, I didn't like Solo at the beginning of the book. He reminded me of a younger version of Dr. Cooper from Nurse Jackie. He was always making comments about how into him Eve was and I just wanted to be like, "Get over yourself dude!" He redeemed himself in the end, though :)

The story itself is really unique. It's essentially a rewrite of the Bible, only woman creates man. Along with some help from genetics and science experiments. The plot is very quick, and I would say the entire book is definitely plot driven (at least it was for me). There are so many twists and turns throughout the story, you'll be surprised by a lot of what happens. Also, I'm usually not much of a fan of alternating POVs unless they're done really well, which this one was. I could easily tell the difference between Eve and Solo without even reading the names at the beginning of the chapters. Grant and Appelgate did a fantastic job collaborating on this one.

Overall, Eve and Adam is definitely a book you're going to want to get your hands on. It's a quick, fun read with plenty of plot twists and great characters. I definitely didn't care for Adam once I met him, but the idea that someone can create a human being is amazing. You'll definitely have a lot of questions by the end, but it'll be worth it! For a great, philosophical read that has an intense plot and fantastic characters pick up Eve and Adam!


  1. Glad you enjoyed this! I've seen many mixed reviews but it sounds fantastic so I'm still going to be giving it a try. Just love the unique idea of woman creating man. If only I could create myself the perfect guy! lol I love multiple POVs. Solo does sound a bit douchey but glad he redeems himself. Looking forward to a fast sci fi read!

  2. oh I am so glad you enjoyed it! Eve does sound fantastic!! Solo sounds like a jerk but I know he's gonna be great towards the end!

    awesome review Anna!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. How interesting! I've read mixed reviews, and noticed that readers either loved it or hated it. I'm definitely going to read this one, so I hope I'll like it as much as you did! :)

    - Ellie @ The Selkie Reads Stories

  4. I've kind of avoided reviews on this one, thinking I'd read it for myself. But now you have me curious - Eve sounds like my kind of character!!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  5. I've had my eye on this book for a while, and this just makes me want to read it evem more! I love hilarious characters (then again, who doesn't, right?) and I'm usually a fan of alternating POVs. I like the insight into the character's heads. Now I'm even more excited to read this book than I was before!


  6. This sounds really interesting. I wasn't sure if I was going to read this, but now I'll definitely have to check it out!

  7. I'm glad you liked this one, Anna! The actually creating of Adam and how thorough Eve thought it out was some of my favorite moments and made it so exciting! Great review! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  8. Hey Anna!

    So glad you liked this one! I don't have a copy yet, but I've been wanting to read it. It sounds intriguing, and yours is the first review I've read of it, which makes it sound worth it!

    Thanks for sharing!

    YA Sisterhood

  9. I wanted to read this book before reading your review! But now I can absolutely not wait to! "a great, philosophical read that has an intense plot and fantastic characters" Yes please!
    Thanks for the great review!

  10. I have been seeing this book a lot and have been wondering how it was. I sounds really good. Great review!

  11. This sounds like a fun quick read. I like how you describe the best friend! There is nothing better than a great sidekick that can make you laugh. Great review Anna!

  12. Great review, pretty much covers what I thought about it. It's a good book, but I found the pace slightly too fast for my liking. I think that it's far from Michael Grant's best work (the GONE series), but still, a good book to kill time with.

    -Jai @ Ficlov


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