Thursday, October 11, 2012

Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate & Michael Grant [ARC REVIEW]

Eve and Adam
by Katherine Applegate
and Michael Grant
Summary from Goodreads:

"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?


After getting hit by a zooming car while crossing a street, Evening is taken into the Spiker research facility to recuperate following her operation. Doubting she’d even get to walk again since her leg was mangled and torn during the incident, Eve reluctantly stays as her mother instructed.

But Eve can’t stay put any longer. She’s growing bored each day. To solve this, Eve’s mother gives her a project – create the perfect boy, using a highly comprehensive simulation.

While Eve carries on creating the perfect boy, someone seems to want to sabotage Terra Spiker (Eve’s mother).  And then there are secrets that unravel in front of her – about her mother, her life, her project and everything Spiker...

Is it just me or did it really feel like the summary was misinforming? Seeing the awesome cover of this book, I already saw myself reading it and loving it. Well, I did get to read it... I just didn’t love it.

My first thoughts before reading this were as follows:
  • As I said, I loved that cover. It’s so awesome. 
  • I’d be witnessing a retelling of the story of Adam and Eve – Sci-Fi style!!! Rock on! 
  • I will be stepping into a futuristic world. 
  • I would be reading through Eve’s point of view. 
  • There’s a twist in the apple thing. 
  • This was basically a love story.

Well, I can’t say I didn’t get any of that. I got some, but everything else was nothing I anticipated.

I thought the setting would be in the late future, you know the usual futuristic settings – super advanced technology, holographic communication systems, yada, yada, yada. Turns out, it’s not exactly way, way into the future; more like a few years from our present where the techs we use today are only about to go obsolete, but are well enough to be used up until a few more years, or until you can afford the updated ones. But that didn’t bother me. It was still cool and it’s not hard to get settled in.

I got to read through Eve’s POV, but I also saw things through Solo and Adam’s perspective – which would have been great if only it wasn’t so explanatory. I get the idea that readers are given that kind of approach to be informative about what’s going on, but it made it hard for me to empathize with the characters.  To state and example, Solo has a grudge on Terra Spiker, right? Everyone hates her, they say she’s a bitch... but I didn’t get to see enough of that persona to make me buy the idea. A little too much explaining and not enough emotional back up, I guess – something like that.

Speaking of Solo – what is with that name? No, don’t get me wrong. It’s totally fine with me, but every time I read about him I feel the Star Wars theme song is playing in my head. *cue in Star Wars theme song* See? Ha, ha!

Anyway, this was entitled Eve AND Adam right? But why exactly didn’t he get a major part in all of this? I only got to see him near the ending. Yes, at first I did only expect Eve’s POV but now seeing that it’s shifting between Eve and Solo, Adam should’ve had the same kind of exposure. You know, judging from the title, I was expecting to get his side of the story just as much as Eve’s. What gives? And since we’re talking about Adam, may I just mention that it was a little weird that he knows he’s perfect but doesn’t get why people are staring at him.

Now I have one very, very important question. What the heck happened to the apple? I mean it was just a flash in the beginning. Then what? I need the apple part! Was that it? No can do, compadre!

Eve and Adam didn’t exactly turn out as good as I thought it would be. There are some parts I felt weren’t necessarily needed within the story, namely the events that involved Aislin – no wait, actually Aislin herself wasn’t necessary at all. Seriously, I mean that with my whole heart. I’m sorry, I don’t really like her.

So like I said, although this book didn’t come out as incredible as I wanted, it was a breeze to read.  It was fast paced and some parts where funny, but it wasn’t enough to make me find it extremely awesome.

*Thank you, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and NetGalley for the copy of Eve and Adam.


  1. NO! Well I still want to read this book out of curiosity but your review is now making me a little more thoughtful... Braine

    1. Hi, Braine. I'm starting to feel that maybe sci-fi is a little off my league. I don't know. I haven't been having any good ratings for the sci-fi books I've read recently. :(

      Maybe it's just me so I think you should try this one. I'd like to see what you think about it. ^_^


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