Friday, October 12, 2012

Review: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Read (October 3 - 7 2012)

Book: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Number of Pages: 304
Genre/s: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley

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? - (source)

“It's the fate of all creators: They fall in love with their creations.” - taken from an uncorrected ARC 
Eve and Adam is a tricky book to judge. If I have read it back then, I'd surely enjoy it more. Much more.

In a way, Eve and Adam is a fluffy read for me. It almost seemed like it doesn't take itself too seriously and I really appreciated that. I had my first few laughs just a few pages in, a rare feat I guess, what with the types of book I'm reading now. So that's a really pleasant surprise.

Evening, or E.V. to Aislin or Eve to Solo, is the daughter of Terra Spiker, the owner of the Spiker Biotech. Her mother is a force to reckon with and everyone is incredibly afraid of her. Evening has been in a terrible accident and that's where he meets Solo. The boy with the blue eyes and a surfer's hair and with whom she feels strangely attracted to. But Evening isn't really normal nor is Solo who is intent to bring Terra Spiker and her corporation down.

So before we all go through this, can someone please tell me who's EmmaRose in the synopsis? Did I somehow miss this while I was reading because for all I know, Eve's mother is called Terra. OK, now that's out of the way let me continue.

There's something missing with Eve and Adam. Like something's off and I'm still trying to figure what exactly is it. It's funny and entertaining; the concept is intriguing. I just don't understand what stopped me from enjoying and loving this fully. Maybe the "carefreeness" of the writing backfired or the villains were somehow laughable and pathetic. The villains were indeed pretty pathetic which I guess is how the authors intended them to be, but I really didn't dig it so much. Eve is an OK protagonist as well but I didn't really like her as much as Solo and Aislin. 

I'm excited to see more of Adam though. Not because he's hotness-personified or traffic-stopping or jaw-dropping or cab-hailingly gorgeous but because I want to learn more about him and I want to know if he will grow to be an ordinary human boy. Oh now that sounds like Pinnochio. But perhaps, I just want to see more of Aislin in action. She could be jarringly likeable. 

Cupid's Verdict:
2 1/2 Cupids
A copy was provided by the publisher at no cost via Netgalley
in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I know how you feel, like sometimes when you don't exactly KNOW whats missing in a certain book! I honestly had this feeling that I wasn't going to enjoy this book.. don't think ill be reading it. Thanks for your honest review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  2. You're right about it being a fluffy read. I did enjoy it though, despite the world-building issues (I think it was a 3.5 for me? Maybe). But I can definitely see why it's getting some not-so-great ratings on Goodreads.
    I want to see more of Adam, too! He was intriguing!
    Great review :)

  3. It seems like a lot of people are having mixed thoughts on this. It sounds fun up to a certain extent, but I don't know if it's quite worth my time.

    Great review as always, Sarah!

  4. I've been planing to read this book, but I always end up reading something else because everyone who has read it, doesn't seem to be amazed by it.
    And the fact that they mixed Eve's mothers name is just hilarious!
    Thanks for an honest review.

  5. Is it weird that I actually don't want Solo in the picture? I think it would be far, far more interesting if the story is more focused with Eve's creation, Adam! I'm always more attracted to characters which is destined not to be together. ;) I know, that's weird of me LOL! x)

    I'm sorry that this book fell as so-so read for you, Sarah! Fabulous review still! :)

  6. This is one that I have not been crazy about reading, and I have yet to find a raving review that makes me want to read it right away. I think I will one day, because I like to laugh!, but I think it will probably be a while.


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