Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Eve and Adam - Book Review

Eve and Adam
by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

What is it about:
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?

What did I think of it:
Let's start with the bad: it's in present tense.

There's probably tons of people who like present tense, but to me it feels unnatural and it drags me out of the story. There's only a few people who can write present tense in a way that feels natural to me and Grant and Applegate aren't among those people.

Apart from that this is a fun, enjoyable and fast read.

Eve is a bit superficial and her best friend Aislin is one of the most clueless teenagers I've come across in Young Adult books, but they're likeable enough. I liked Solo best. He's the ward of Eve's mother with his own agenda that might clash with Eve's.

The story was uncomplicated and interesting. I liked how even though it seemed predictable the story still managed to surprise me from time to time.

There were some events that could have been left out. Especially the antics of Aislin and her boyfriend Maddox didn't add anything to the story in my opinion.

But that aside I really enjoyed this book and I might reread it in the future when I'm in the mood for a fast, no nonsense YA read.

Why should you read it:
It's a nice YA read.

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Aurian said...

I agree, present tense is not my favourite style either. Very difficult to get into. My last DNF because of that, was Ann Aguirre. But I am determined to try it again someday, as it should be a great series.

Melliane said...

So glad you enjoyed it, I didn't notice the present tense but now I think you're right.

Sullivan McPig said...

@Aurian: Grimspace? I must say I can understand, but the story is just so cool!
@Melliane: It's a personal preference. I just am not much of a present tense reader.