Eve and Adam (Eve & Adam #1)
While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything... until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.
First off, I have to say that this really isn't a dystopia. I mean, I guess you could call it a dystopia in microcosm sort of, since Evening does learn that her world is not what she thought it was, and that new knowledge is mostly negative. Still, society is no more dystopian than our current society so far as I can tell. I could remove this review from Dystopian August, but I prefer to read it and tell you that those souls on Goodreads that marked it thus were misguided.
Please do not judge this book from the description up there. It makes Evening (aka E.V. or Eve) sound like such an airhead. She's really not at all. In fact, she's a big part of why I thought this book was so much fun. Though I didn't bond with her character immediately (probably due to the fact that she was on heavy painkillers and not herself for the first several chapters), I soon found her to have a personality much like my own, so basically she's the best.
At the beginning of the book, she's in a crazy accident (see first sentence), then hijacked by her billionaire mother to be taken for private care at Striker (the family company). Solo works for her mom and, as the only person her age, becomes a sort of not-unwilling companion. Terra assigns her daughter a project to give Eve something to do, since she was going completely stir crazy: use new software to design the perfect man (in the virtual world of course), much like Dr. Frankenfurter did.
As you can no doubt guess from that, the plot really doesn't go anywhere particularly unique. I knew what the main plot arc was going to do as soon as I knew what the book was about. However, the story doesn't suffer too much from that. Grant and Applegate's writing primarily amused me (although some of the joke's did seem to try a bit too hard). I also liked that this most certainly didn't feel middle grade, what with all the sex jokes.
Eve & Adam is told from three perspectives: Eve's, Solo's and Adam's. Grant and Applegate, husband and wife team, pulled off multiple POV admirably. Each character felt clearly unique; I had no issues telling whose chapter I was in. Though Eve's sections were my favorites, I didn't mind the chapters told by the boys.
What made this book stand out more than the average book were the relationships between the characters. Obviously, I loved Eve, as already detailed, but I also really liked her relationship with her best friend Aislin. So many YA best friends are awful or boring. Aislin is seriously flawed, but she obviously has Eve's best interests at heart and vice versa. Their friendship really rang true, especially since it kind of reminded me of me and one of my friends, though she doesn't have a drug-running boyfriend, thank goodness. The romance in this was great, too. A lot of times, romance constitutes a weak point, but I thought it was very hilarious and well done here. The ending scene definitely made me clap in approval. Just saying.
If you're looking for a fun science fiction read with action and snark, Eve & Adam will do you right, and will not overwhelm you with Biblical references. Now I only wish I had time to break out my old Animorphs books...
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This is a rare case where I wished for Disappearing Parent Syndrome. Well, Eve’s dad is dead, but her mom…OMG, she is Satan! I hated her immediately and just wanted her to shut up and go away. I guess being a bitch comes along with being an uber rich, uber important scientist though. I normally enjoy evil characters, but she had no known motivation, which made her just frustrating rather than interesting.
Solo, you are a creep! A super smart creep, but still a creep. His chapters are interesting, and he becomes less creepy as the story moves forward. At first his connection to the Adam Project isn’t clear at all, and I couldn’t figure out why he was so adamant about bringing Terre Spiker down (aside from her being a crazy bitch of course). But all is revealed close to the end, and it’s kind of a shock!
Aislin, the BFF, is a total mess and I suppose she was the catalyst for the big reveal about Eve’s medical situation. However, her plot in general was really random and felt out of place. It all involves her gang-banger boyfriend and other thugs running lose in San Francisco and money drops. By the end I failed to see the point of her plot. As a character though, I really like Aislin. She’s the opposite of Eve in almost every way and provided some great comic relief.
I don’t have anything to say about Eve, so let’s get to the plot. I loved it! I am a huge fan of science in books, so of course I was completely engrossed in this one! Genetics isn’t my strong suit, but I understand enough. Is what Terra’s company doing possible? I have no clue, but it sure makes for an entertaining read! Oh, and of course creating the perfect male specimen is all kinds of fun, too!
All in all, Eve and Adam is a super fun, sci-fi book. I love the science and the technology, and the possibilities that this book presents. It’s a very fast read, and I’d recommend it!
Eve and Adam is kind of like The Adoration of Jenna Fox, which I absolutely adored (like the name says I would). But, where the story about Jenna Fox seemed more real, Eve and Adam seemed almost too big of a concept to wrap your head around.
One thing that made it hard for me to like this book: the characters. I didn't particularly care for hardly any of the few introduced, they all seemed so flat and lifeless. Eve and her mother are both perfectionists, while Eve is pretty nice but stiff, her mother has seriously got something stuck up somewhere (if you know what I mean). Solo was kind of cool, except for the fact that he just randomly falls in love? Like, what? I didn't buy that romance at all (which doesn't even show up until the back half). Eve's friend was kind of fun, but she was also pretty dumb and I got pretty mad at the mistake's she was making (because no one else would).
The action: just showed up in the end. Literally. Not there, and then all of a sudden: BOOM.
There were a lot of weird things happening seemingly for no reason but never get explained in the end. One that really bothered me was: in the beginning, Eve gets hit, and she makes this huge deal about seeing an apple and how that's the reason why she got hit...because she was looking at an apple. I thought the apple would later play some type of importance, but not yet.
I don't know if I'll read the next one, probably just to see if the first book in the series had just been an introductory and the rest gets better.