Eve & Adam
Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Release date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: the publisher
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I can't remember when I first heard of this book but I knew immediately I wanted to read it. Obviously people really remember this writing duo for their Animorphs series under the name K.A. Applegate, which if I'm not mistaken I did read in elementary school. But Katherine Applegate wrote a book series when I was in middle school called "Making Out" and that was my most favorite series at the time. I devoured those books. Ah, happy memories, but I digress. I really wanted to read Eve & Adam and when a copy landed on my doorstep, I may or may not have done a little happy dance.
Based off the cover, I really thought Eve & Adam was going to be a futuristic sci-fi novel and while Eve & Adam is heavy on the science, it actually takes place in present day San Francisco! When Evening Spiker, daughter of the infamous Terra Spiker of Spiker Biopharmaceuticals, gets into a bad car crash her mother whisks her away from the hospital into her own private facility. While Eve heals, her mother gives her a project - design the perfect boy using the company's new genetic simulator. While Eve is at the facility, she meets Solo - an attractive young man working for her mother. But there's more to Solo and Spiker Biopharmaceuticals than meets the eye.
I loved this book! Eve & Adam opens right away with the car crash that severely injures Eve, so I was drawn in from the first page and after that there was no reason for me to put the book down! Immediately we learn about the "project" Eve's mother wants her to work on and as the novel goes on we learn more and more about what Spiker is really up to, what really happened to Eve's father and Solo's parents, and everything all comes together in one fantastic web of plot. I wasn't bored for a minute and neither will you if I can convince you to pick up this book.
Seriously, pick up this book! Even though the book is based on science, there was nothing boring or science-lecture-y about it. The authors did a great job at making the science interesting and it really made me think about how these things are either possible right now, or are on the path to being possible in the not-so-distant future. It really brings into question the idea of "playing God" both in the medical and scientific professions. I think we can all agree that as humans we shouldn't be "playing God," but I can obviously see where it would be tempting to do so. Even though Eve's mother was made out to be a bitch of a woman, I understand where she was coming from when it came to her daughter.
Five stars! I highly recommend Eve & Adam for all young adult fans. It's got some science, some romance, and definitely some action - I think there's a little something in this book for YA fans of all types. This is definitely a series I will be continuing on with.