Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review - Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Eve and AdamTitle: Eve and Adam 
Author: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 291
Published: October 2nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends 
ISBN: 9780312583514
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Description:   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?

I Give This ...

I wavered back and forth when it came to reading this one.  There was something that both intrigued me and repelled me when it came to concept behind this book.  I decided to go for and was pleasantly surprised.

Eve was an interesting character.  She had very little relationship with her mother.   And with the little dealing we see of them together in the beginning, it's not hard to understand why.  Her mother seems cold and calculating and Eve seems just the opposite.  When the accident puts them in close proximity to one another for an extended amount of time, it no wonder that they start to but heads.   In hindsight, I wonder what the true purpose was behind having Eve create Adam?  

It was interesting to watch Eve create Adam.  I can't imagine that it would be easy to create a "perfect" person.  Everyone's idea are different when it comes to those attributes.  And Eve can't know exactly what she wants.  She may think she does, but the reality of the matter is that she can't.  That was my major problem with this story even before I read it, which I flowed over into my actual enjoyment of the book.   It dealt with a matter I have a hard time thinking about, the idea that our advancement in science may lead to the very act of "playing god." 

The good news is that Eve quickly discovers that her Adam isn't quite as perfect as she had imagined.  Turns out a flesh and blood person with flaws in way more interesting.   I"m extremely happy that the story played out that way.  I would have been highly disappointed and frustrated if it had gone any other way.

Overall an average book.   It had its up and downs.  If you don't mind that idea of created humans, you might enjoy this more that I did.


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