Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Description: 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?
Review: i first saw this book in a swanky bookstore in brooklyn, and i didn't wanna buy it cause it was $17 and i needed $40 to get my septum pierced. i wrote down the title, and figured i'd pick it up at the library. it caught my eye because of the unique title, michael grant, and the cover. it's so high-resolution and eye-catching. i love it. the colors are just so vivid, and they compliment each other perfectly.
i'm not sure which direction this review is going in. that has been the case for my past few reviews, and i apologize. i didn't like the characters one bit. they were nothing, they had no backbone, and i harbored no feelings toward them. i never felt bad for their situation, and it was almost like two stick figures running around the city, trying to save humanity.
however, i really liked the storyline. the topic was interesting, and kept me coming back for more. i finished this book in one sitting (mainly because i was at the gynecologist, and it was a long wait). i liked the background characters. they kept my attention, and it's unfortunate, because the main characters are supposed to draw you into the story.
eve and adam tells the story of evening spiker, who has just gotten into a terrible car accident. her leg and arms are mutilated, and there is little hope for survival. but, wait for it, she survives it. her mother, terra spiker, who owns this huge multi-trillion dollar company that finds cures to popular diseases, moves eve into her super high-tech offices where the best doctors treat her.
of course, there's a boy that makes eve question everything. solo plissken grew up in the spiker headquarters, raised by terra and always helping out the 'big brain' scientists. his parents """mysteriously""" died. they were two of the best big brain scientists in the company, so terra took solo in.
eve recovers, and her mother gives her a project to create the perfect man. the problem is that eve recovered too quickly, within like four days. solo knows the reason of course, and he stars telling eve the secrets of the company. also, eve's best friend, aislin, is very present throughout the novel, which i enjoyed. since the main characters were boring as hell, she was a nice phoenix amongst pigeons. aislin is fierce, and she would flirt with solo throughout he novel in a completely joking matter. i think the reason i disliked solo and eve so much was because their relationship was forced so much. it was so unnatural. solo knew all about eve, but eve never even heard about solo, ever, so it was weird. and when they met, they would joke around and not flirt, but yet, they both wanted to kiss each other so deeply. like, it came out of nowhere. and then solo said something about loving eve and i started choking on the cherry coke i was drinking. their "love" was so unreal.
the storyline was so interesting, like i've said many times, and i could totally see this being made into a movie. the progression was so similar. it's such a genius idea. it kinda reminded me of spy kids, or agent cody banks. solo's parents started developing a serum that made people recover quickly and made them like superhuman (*eve*) and it's totally illegal. however, solo was raised thinking that terra created this serum, so he vowed to take her down. and then eve comes along, and he falls in love. (or however much in love someone call fall between 4 days)
overall, eve and adam is a book about playing god, trifling in the family business, and creating a cute boy in the process.
edit: also, shout out to micheal grant for referencing titus andronicus.
"because gods wants to be seen, and they want to be served."
eve and adam//michael grant and katherine applegate