Review: Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Eve & Adam Book Cover Eve & Adam
Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

In the beginning, there was an apple.

And then there was a car crash, a horrible debilitating injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker could regain consciousness, there was a strange boy checking her out of the hospital and rushing her to Spiker Pharmaceuticals, her mother’s research facility. Once there, Eve has to heal, and cope with an eerie isolation only interrupted by her overbearing mother, a strange group of doctors, and the mysterious boy who brought her there.

Just when Eve thinks she will die – not from her injuries, but boredom – her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation that is designed to teach human genetics, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up: eyes, hair, muscles, even a brain, and potential personality traits. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect…won’t he?

Review:

(Actual rating: 2.5 stars)

This book is one that has intrigued me since I first saw it displayed on the shelf at Books-a-Million. To start with, the cover is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen. Second, I love the premise of a girl scientifically creating the perfect guy. I imagined all sorts of potential scenarios involving Eve and her inevitably sexy creation, some of them sensual, some of them humorous, and by the time my local library added the novel to its teen section I was practically foaming at the mouth with anticipation.

What I discovered when I at last started reading the book, however, is that Adam, despite being one of the two titular characters, does not get much page time. He’s more a catalyst for the plot than the actual plot itself, as the majority of the book’s focus is on Eve’s mother and the shady experiments conducted at her pharmaceutical company. The plot is still exciting, and it moves at a good pace, but I couldn’t help but feel bummed that there wasn’t more action involving Eve’s ultimate boy toy. For this reason, I couldn’t give Eve and Adam more than  2.5 stars.

Still, when Adam finally does burst onto the scene, the characters’ reactions to him are everything I’d hoped they’d be. Adam is genetically designed to be the ideal man, so obviously he’s stunning in every way imaginable. He can’t walk down the street without crowds of women – and a few men as well – trailing behind him like the rats of Hamelin following the Pied Piper. Teenage girls and middle-aged women become so enraptured that they forget how to form coherent speech, and taxis swerve across multiple lanes of traffic in order to win the honor of giving him a ride. Meanwhile Adam, bless his soul, notices everyone’s strange behavior but has absolutely no idea why it’s occurring. It’s very amusing, and it’s too bad there wasn’t more of this going on in the book.

Bottom line, Eve and Adam is a fun book, though I think there was some false advertising in regard to how much of Adam the reader gets to see. If you’re ok with a quick, light read with some humor thrown in, this might be a book for you.

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