Saturday, September 8, 2012

Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

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?

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Number of Pages: 291
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Ellie, age 16

             In 1996, scientists in Scotland were able to clone a sheep whom they named Dolly. This was a major step in science and obviously astounded the world. However, imagine if scientists were able to take yet another step: to be able to not just clone, but create a human in a lab. This is exactly what happens in Eve and Adam, by married couple Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate. This story features a young woman named Evening Spiker-the daughter of powerhouse doctor Terra Spiker-who gets hit by a car and is grievously injured. Her mother insists Evening recuperates in Spiker Biopharmaceuticals, the family research facility. While healing, Evening is tasked with designing the perfect boy…and learns family secrets she would have rather gone without.
            I am an avid fan of Michael Grant’s Gone series, so I was very excited to pick up Eve and Adam, and it didn’t disappoint. Evening (nicknamed E.V. or Eve, depending on who you ask,) is a fantastic main character. Equal parts smart, serious, and sarcastic, she brings it all to the table. Her friends, the oh-so attractive Solo whom she meets at Spiker Biopharmaceuticals, and Aislin the resident bad girl and best friend of Evening, are also lovely characters. These main characters go through different plot twists involving everything from thugs demanding cash to genetic modification…don’t worry though: the situations are all handled realistically and are very interesting. Also, I was pleased that while it was a book drenched in science, (it takes place at a medical research facility, for goodness sakes!) I was able to understand what was going on. Grant and Applegate make the information understandable and interesting. Finally, like any Michael Grant book, the prose was wonderful, making the reading experience even more enjoyable.
            My complaints on this book have to do with the end: it was rushed. Everything that the book set up in one hundred or so pages was resolved in maybe ten pages. That isn’t to say the ending was bad- on the contrary, it was quite satisfying-but I felt that it was unrealistic on how quickly things were finished. Also, a few of the situations that came up seemed unrealistically handled…but these are only small problems in a book that is full of entertaining content.
            So there you have it. A fresh, new novel that spikes interest in the reader and has a few laughs along the way. I would recommend this book to any fans of soft science fiction or someone who is a big Michael Grant fan, and hurry to read it because there will be a sequel!

This book hits shelves October of 2012! 

Happy reading!
Ellie, age 16

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