Book Review: Eve and Adam

Book Review: Eve and AdamEve and Adam by Katherine Applegate, Michael Grant
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 2nd 2012
Pages: 304

Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible.

While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything... until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.

Evening Spiker has the life that most girls would kill for. A rich, successful mother who runs her own biotech company. Great, if not a bit complicated, friends. A promising future. But all that changes in an instant when she is struck down by a car. With her life in the balance, Eve is whisked away to her mother's facilities, where Eve discovers that at Spiker Biotech nothing is as it seems.

After finishing Eve and Adam, I have been stewing for a few days. For some reason, my thoughts regarding this read are all over the place. It is not that the book was extremely excellent or downright poor, but somewhere in a strange middle that leaves me all kinds of conflicted.

Eve and Adam starts with a literal bang as our main character is struck by a car. The action of Eve and Adam started off on a great note. Will Eve ever be the same? This question hangs in the balance for a good portion of the beginning of the book. But with Eve in a constant will she recover or not state, Eve and Adam quickly grows stagnate. Sure, there is plenty still going on in the background, but the background noise does not come to the foreground till readers hit more than about half way.

The characters of Eve and Adam were mixed. Some I enjoyed. Some just felt eh. Eve and Solo were by far my favorites. But their romance and the thrown in attempt at a love triangle did feel a bit off though. It just did not come across as real as I would have hoped. Instead, it felt a bit two dimensional and just convenient. Especially when Adam was introduced.

Final Verdict:  

Although there was plenty of promise with Eve and Adam, the book as a whole fell a bit flat for me. What could have been an action packed case of evil scientist trying to remake the world, went a bit south as the book felt like it played it a bit safe. Eve and Adam by no means was a bad read. But for me, this was a case of high expectations getting in the way. Causing me to want more from a book that it probably was going to deliver in the first place.

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4 responses to “Book Review: Eve and Adam

  1. I agree that the beginning showed such promise-the car accident was great! However I really didn’t like Solo so that put me off much of the rest of the book. Fast-paced but not very satisfying overall.

  2. I’m almost done reading this one, and I agree with everything you’ve said. The book is a bit flat, but it had some good potential.

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