Eve & Adam: A Book Review

Hello!

Eve and Adam

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

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?

{kindly taken from Amazon}

My Thoughts: I was amazed by Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan, so I decided to check out another book of her’s which she wrote with her husband, Michael Grant. Eve and Adam was strange, weirdly hard to put down, and had a cool cover :) Not bad for my first read by this husband/wife duo!

Eve had a lot going on in her life. Secrets keep revealing themselves as she learns more from the odd, new boy named Solo. Eve was okay. I felt that she had no depth to her, however, and if you took away the supporting characters {i.e. her best friend, her mom, Solo} she really had nothing going for her. I’m not saying that the relationships between characters aren’t important, but those relationships shouldn’t be the only thing forming the character. I did like her narration of the story, even if it did feel a little repetitive. Solo was similar, in that, we were constantly provided details about his life, with no evidence to back it up. Why did he hate Eve’s mom so much? What exactly was his plan to destroy the company? The important details were fuzzy, which wasn’t very helpful when I was trying to figure out what exactly was going on.

Adam felt more like an afterthought than something that should be in the title. The authors could have done so much more with him, but in the end, I didn’t know him at all. Finally, the one character who was developed was Eve’s mother. She was “cold,” to say the least. The plot was very engaging, despite some holes in the story that needed more information.  It moved quickly, but the end was a tad too rushed. The group of doctors in the end came out of nowhere, and I found myself lost at who was who. With a little more development in exactly what the scientists were trying to achieve, instead of new details coming up all of a sudden, I think we as reader would have a better chance at knowing what was going on.

Overall, Eve & Adam wasn’t necessarily bad, it just wasn’t the best example of writing, especially coming from these two authors. I hope the rumored sequel will clear up some of my pondering questions, and make the series worthwhile!

Pros: The story idea was interesting, and that’s why I continued to read.

Cons: Plot and character development holes.

Heads Up: Romance and some minor language, as while as some violence throughout.

Overall: I give it 3-ish stars and I recommend it for ages 13 and up.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Bella :)

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