14 Dec 2012

REVIEW: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Title: Eve and Adam
Author: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Publication Date: October 2nd 2012
Publisher: Electric Monkey- An imprint of Egmont UK Limited
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
Rating: 4/5
Blurb: In the beginning, there was an apple.

And then there was a car crash, a horrible, debilitating injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker's could regain consciousness, there was strange boy checking her out of the hospital and rushing her to Spiker Biopharmaceuticals, her mother’s research facility. Once there, Eve has to heal, and cope with an eerie isolation only interrupted by her overbearing mother, a strange group of doctors, and the mysterious boy who brought her there.

Just when Eve thinks she will die–not from her injuries, but boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, that is designed to teach human genetics, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up: eyes, hair, muscles, even a brain, and potential personality traits. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?

The amazing cover was what first drew me into this book- the electronic style apple is so different to covers that I’ve personally seen and made me want to know what it symbolised. The blurb drew me in further, though looking back on it now, it doesn’t even begin to touch on what happens after the first two or three chapters which is good in the sense that it keeps you guessing the whole way through.
I was surprised by how well the writing flowed through with two different authors- although there are three different point of views, each one built on the other rather than repeating what had already been said. For me, this made the book as a whole much more enjoyable.
As expected, there were things that I disliked about the book. For example, I thought adding in the third point of view towards the end of the novel was a bit annoying and it wasn’t really required to tell the story any better in my opinion. The only other compliant I had was that the ending itself was very rushed- it felt like with even just another ten pages or so it would have had much better pacing.