Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Review: Eve and Adam by: Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant

Release Date: October 2, 2012 from Feiwel & Friends
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the published via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"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?"

My Thoughts:

Eve and Adam was a book that I picked up and thought I would love. Sadly, I did not love it. I enjoyed it and it kept me interested, but I would not consider it a favorite and not by a long shot. It is simply just a quick and light read, but nothing remarkable in my opinion.

While the concept for Eve and Adam is different, the plot held a lot of elements typical for a Young Adult novel. For instance, we have the boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy does not want to admit to liking girl, boy finally admits it, wait no too much standing in our way, blah blah blah. Sometimes I eat that stuff up, but with this one I just wasn’t feeling it. We also have an attempt at a love triangle, but it was very brief and I felt like it was included simply because love triangles “need” to be in YA books. Then you had the typical “story from the past” mix up, where the reader believes one thing all along, but wait! It actually happened this way. There were more, but these irked me the most.

Part of my problem with this book is simply the characters. I could not bring myself to really like any of them completely. Eve was the only character that I did actually like fully. She is intelligent, headstrong, and a loyal friend. She is not without her flaws, but overall a good character. Then we have Solo, who does not make my book boyfriend list. This is coming from a girl who has an incredibly long list of them. He just seemed like a jerk at some points, but I couldn’t really buy into his reasoning for being a jerk. I really do not know why. He was likable at moments, but then at other times he truly aggravated me. Next up there is Aislin, who is a not really a model friend. Eve may think she is selfless, but I did not. I felt like she used Eve a lot. To the point where Eve was sitting in a hospital injured, and Aislin calls her to come and help her. I mean, seriously? This was her downfall for me. Then we have Eve’s mother, who is just, well there are really no words to express how much I dislike her. I will admit that the characters begin to overcome these flaws as the book progresses, but they still stuck with me.

Now that I have expressed my complaints, I will tell you why this book was still enjoyable. Firstly, it switched up perspectives. If you stop by here often, you will know that I love books that switch perspectives. I love getting inside different characters heads and seeing how they think differently. I enjoy experiencing books outside of a single characters bubble. It enables the reader to see multiple events that happen to multiple characters, without having to hear about certain events second hand. I also liked the silly-ness that was spread throughout the book. There was some great banter and a lot of good one liners. Eve and Adam did have me laughing out loud at times with the quirky pop culture references and irony. For example, I really enjoyed this conversation:
“Oh, snap,” I say.
“Sorry. I was flashing back to 2005.”

And then this one too:

“I thought… well, I thought you were just a ruthless, amoral, manipulative, cold bitch.”
Mom nods. “Yes. All that’s true.”

The whole book contained conversations like these and I loved that. I also enjoyed that the teens really sounded like teens. It didn’t seem forced; they thought the way I know I thought when I was in high school. Despite my complaints about some of the YA elements, I did overall enjoy the story line. The whole genetics background was interesting and it raised the question of how far is too far concerning genetics. Also, creating the perfect guy, that is just fun. However once again, this raises another question: what is perfection?

All in all Eve and Adam is a good read, but I would not consider it a great read. I am still interested to see where things go in the sequel Adam and Eve (yes that will probably get confusing.) The best way to describe this book is: quick, light, and fun.


  1. OH NO!! I'm sorry you didn't like it as much. I was actually looking forward to this book, but I just can't bring myself to read books that are cheesy and repeat the same YA sequence. D: I won't dump this book all together, but it has gone down on my TBR list. But I actually agree with you, I also like different POV's because you get the story from all sides. I really enjoy that in a book! :D And that first quote is HILARIOUS! XD It seems this book has a unique sense of humour. LOL ;p

    Thanks for the brilliant review, Teresa! Hope you like the sequel better than this one! :]

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    1. I wanted to love this book, I really did, I just couldn't. The humor was good and that is one of the major redeeming factors. Honestly I wouldn't rush to read it if I were you.

    2. Noted! And I am glad I got this from you, cause once I start a book I HAVE to finish it...and so I would have been stuck with this one for a long time.

  2. I had a feeling this wasn't a book for me. Thanks for cofirming that. Nice review!

  3. I've seen a few mixed reviews on this. Sorry it fell flat for you. I hate wasting my time on so so books. I still haven't made up my mind on this one. Thanks for the informative and honest review. :)

    1. Yea, I have seen some people that love it and others that hate it. At least it was a quick read.

  4. I think I have this one on my TBR list, but I haven't been in any hurry to get to it. I think, after reading this, I'm definitely okay to not make it a priority. :P

  5. Great review! I'm happy you did still like it. I thought it was a quick and enjoyable read too. I'm really looking forward to book two also.

  6. Hi Tess! It's me! Nice review. Actually wanted to read this. Seems enjoyable enough, maybe i'll try it. :D


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