Sunday, May 19, 2013

Review: Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Eve and Adam

Author: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Published: October 2, 2012
Format: Audio Book
Duration: unknown

Synopsis from Goodreads

With Eve and Adam, authors Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant team up to create a thrilling story.  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 Review

I'm not exactly sure where to start with this review. Did I like it? Not entirely, it was just OK and barely that for me. I have been working hard to find what I did like about the story and unfortunately, I'm coming up blank. Since I listened to this in audio format the best part about it was probably Eve's narrator, Jenna Lamia, who is one of my favorite narrators and she did not disappoint in this book. I think it was her that kept me listening; otherwise, I probably would have stopped reading it long before the end.

Here are the things I didn't like about Eve & Adam...

1. The characters

Evening (Eve)
Eve reminded me of a spoiled brat who didn't exactly know she was rich, if that's even possible. For some odd reason, she'd never really seen where her mother worked. This is particular strange considering her mother owned the company and was EXTREMELY wealthy. Eve also seemed to be disconnected from herself. I can't quite explain it but she didn't really care about what happened to her, didn't really see a need to ask questions about her injuries and what the lifelong consequences of her accident would be. While she's in the hospital, apparently in pain, she can somehow put all that aside and analyze the boy whom she's never before seen.

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Which brings me to Solo, the boy Eve's never seen before. Solo was annoying from the moment he entered the story. Eve is on a bed without a leg or having just had her leg attached to her, I'm not exactly sure since this isn't really clear. Eve is hooked up to all sorts of machines, and god knows how bruised up she must be, but somehow he thinks she's "hot". The douche is checking this poor girl out while she's on the verge of death! Then his masterful ways of obtaining all the secrets of Spiker industries (Eve's mom's company) and then after years of working hard being unable to follow through with his plan because of a girl?

Why Adam came to be is still unknown to me. Yes Eve created him from scratch, but did he have to actually come to life? Ugh! The entire time we are ready from his POV I was cringing praying it would end soon. All he does is walk around saying "why is everyone starring at me" and other nonsensical statements. Had he really been as hot as the story wants you to think he is, I would have been completely put off by his personality.

Why Aislin was BFF with Eve is a mystery to me. This was probably the character I liked the most, even though she was a bad judge of character when it came to her boyfriend. Aislin was funny, flirtatious, and didn't really care what anyone thought of her.

2. The plot

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I am guessing the plot was about a girl who makes a boy and even though he's the perfect boy, her realizing there is no such thing as perfect and sometimes perfect is not really what you want. Imperfections are good too. Which is a great idea and I think could have been good, had it not been execute in this manner. There is not enough time spent developing the characters and particularly not developing the relationship between the two main characters. Insta-love is only acceptable in certain books and it has to be done well (if it can even be accomplished).

3. The End

The book sort of just ends, without any real conclusion. It's all pretty much left to the reader to tie loose ends and decide what happens next. I'm not sure if there's a sequel to the book but if there is, the ending would make even less sense as it left no urgency to need to know more.

I'm not sure who I would recommend this book to. The idea of genetics and what it would take to make a person was interesting, if nothing else this was one of the redeeming qualities of the book. Just like with any book I dislike, my advice is read it for yourself, then come back and let me know what you thought.

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  1. I've been really curious about this book, but after reading this review it doesn't sound like my type. Way too confusing! LOL. Anyhow love your review and you made some great points!

    1. Thank you! Hopefully I've saved you from a few hours you could spend reading something much more entertaining ;)

  2. I've heard very mixed reviews about this one so you're definitely not the only was who felt 'underwhelmed' here! I wasn't as much of a sci-fi fan when this first came out as I am now, but I'm still thinking I'll pass on this one! Thanks for your honest, well-written review! New follower via GFC, NB & Bloglovin' ♥

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

    1. Thanks Micheline, I've returned the follows. I am often reluctant to give negative reviews because I know how much work goes into writing a book. But sometimes I just can't help myself ;)