Thursday, September 20, 2012

Eve and Adam: An Edgy Interpretation from Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate


The cover and the title of this book is what grabbed me immediately. Then to my surprise I come to find out that the authors are married! Michael Grant author of the Gone series and BZRK and Katherine Applegate who writes the YA Summer series along with children’s book The One and Only Ivan are both extremely talented authors. I downloaded it, read it, and finished it in about a day. You can easily see from the cover and title what concept the book is going to do a rendition of and it absolutely works. I loved finding the references to the biblical couple in the book. The symbolism within the story was fun to read and I had a lot of AH HA moments. I won’t speak of those of course. I’ll let you have fun doing that when the book becomes available on October 2nd.


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Summary:

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? 

Eve is a young teen girl born into privilege but does not at all act like it. She’s not a snobby rich girl. In her heart she carries a deep loyalty to the people she cares about. Even though her friend Aislin is always getting into some kind of horrible trouble she is always there to help and give her a best friend lecture. Eve often deals with her extremely powerful and memorable mother Terrace Spiker who often has her employees shaking in their boots from a mere stare. I’m sure to any woman, creating the perfect male sounds like fun but it was quite interesting to find Eve asking herself what level of perfection she actually wanted to achieve. She builds the perfect boy much like playing paper dolls but there is a scientific element to it that I think readers will be surprised by and makes the task of creating the perfect boy believable.

Solo is the guy that no one notices. He can slip in and out without being detected at Spiker Biopharm, the facility that Eve’s mother owns and runs, because he has lived there since he was a child. He is determined to find a conspiracy that he knows exists and when he meets Eve questions if he should proceed. Solo seems to seek revenge for his parents who were killed in a car accident and is the one person who does not fear Terrace Spiker, Eve’s mother. He knows a lot of what really happens at Spiker Biopharm and knows even more about Eve. I think Solo is a crafty character that is written very well because of the slow dissection of him. He makes a great read and I’m positive teen girls will swoon over him.

Eve and Adam is a great rendition of the Adam and Eve we all have embedded in our minds. I also love that it takes place in San Francisco and was able to pinpoint exactly where the characters where. I will add that there is discussion of the male anatomy in this book. Nothing that will be overwhelming but is pretty close to how individuals speak today and what they might look for in a partner. Everybody has been in a conversation like the one that Aislin and Eve have in the book and it’s done in all good fun that may have some readers blush and some it may not even phase. Just remember all the visual interpretations you’ve seen of Adam and that will give you an idea.

The only thing that I did find confusing was when Adam is revealed. He is supposed to be the idea of perfection but to only Eve. People respond with halting glares and mouths agape from the mere sight of him. He wonders why of course but I feel this makes the idea of perfection a unified stance. I just feel that people have all different ideas of perfection and not all people would react to seeing Eve’s idea, maybe a large handful but not all. It would have been interesting to see some people NOT react.

I think Eve and Adam is a fun read for women, not necessarily a male looking for a spy book, but you never know what people find interesting these days. The story is original and smart and worth taking a chance on. It’s got conspiracy, adventure, and the moments when genetics are talked about are very informative. Solo and Eve are great characters and Terrace Spiker even had me a bit scared with the sound of her pounding Prada heels coming around the corner. It looks like there will also be a second book and I look forward to seeing where Grant and Applegate take their characters. Eve and Adam is an edgy interpretation that had my full attention until the last page. 

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