Review + Giveaway: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

September 16, 2012 ARC, Book Review, Celebrating September, Eve and Adam, Feiwel and Friends, Giveaway, Katherine Applegate, Michael Grant, Sci-fi, September Giveaway, YA, Young Adult 51

Publication Date: October 2nd 2012

From Amazon:

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?

(I usually use the synopsis from Goodreads but I did not like the one there and it had a character’s name wrong. Weird? This one from Amazon was also on the back cover of the ARC and suits it much better.)

~My Thoughts~

And girl created boy…

That was enough to catch my attention right there! I must say, Eve and Adam was a lot different than I expected but a whole lot of fun to read!

I have been really enjoying sci-fi reads lately so I was excited to get a chance to read this one! Contrary to what may be assumed, this novel takes place in modern times instead of the future. Another assumption I had wrong, Adam is not the love interest! Seriously shocked me when I found all this out. but really had me curious to see where the authors would take the story. While on the whole I enjoyed my reading experience, I think I developed a sort of love/hate with the overall story and plot and the way it was written.

What I didn’t like: Some of the attempts at humor didn’t work for me. Don’t get me wrong, I did laugh a few times or crack a smile, but other times it was just so out of place, I would roll my eyes. It felt forced.

The whole entire side plotline with Eve’s best friend Aislin and her boyfriend I found totally unnecessary. It left me feeling frustrated and annoyed as to why it was even there. I wanted to enjoy Solo and Eve and everything they were dealing with at her mom’s scientific research facility, not some stupid plot with a best friend who has a shitty drug dealing boyfriend.

I also had issues when Adam comes to life. He was so beautiful that ALL men and women were falling all over themselves with one glance. Doctors and nurses in the hospital were unable to work around his presence. Really? I feel like beauty is so subjective and this part was just totally cheesy and ridiculous. I really wish he wasn’t written in such a way. It took away from the overall book for me.

What I did like: I loved the futuristic advancements in technology and medicine we see at this crazy facility. Evening (Eve) is recuperating from a terrible accident that happens right from the first page. Her mother sweeps Eve away from the hospital to recover at Spiker Biopharm, where she appears to be some sort of a mad scientist type. There were these cool moveable workstations and such that I liked reading about. I also loved the real scientific aspects of Eve creating Adam. My favorite being her thoughts on brain development. She really explores all possibilities for what makes a person who they are, the pluses and the minuses. Like, if you make someone a genius, but maybe they won’t be able to relate to others which can hinder the potential for friendships and relationships. Making him fearful might make him live longer but what if. . . Making him reckless might make him criminal or. . . you see what I am saying? There really is no way to make someone totally perfect because experience is individual and helps shape us.

I also really loved Solo and the dynamic he added. He showed such determination and was so meticulous. I must also admit there was a little twist I didn’t see coming in regards to his mission and I loved that.

Overall, I found this an enjoyable read. If you like fast, fun and somewhat quirky reads as well as sci-fi, then this book might be for you! I have no idea if there is a sequel planned, but I am hoping there is. There is a lot left to explore with these characters!

As part of my Celebrating September, I will be giving away my ARC of Eve and Adam to one of YOU! If you look over at the side bar you will see that my follower count has past 600! EEP! Thank you so much everyone! Another wonderful thing to celebrate this month! Unfortunately, this one will be US/CAN only. I’m sorry to all of my international followers, BUT you still have TWO other giveaways you can enter, which you can find HERE and HERE!

Giveaway Rules:

1. Giveaway is US/CAN only!
2. Must be at least 13 years old to enter.
3. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.
4. I am not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.
5. Please follow the entry directions in the rafflecopter. (I do check and will delete entries that do not follow the directions. If you have any questions on how to enter, please ask!)

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51 Responses to “Review + Giveaway: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate”

  1. Lili

    I can’t wait to read this one! I have to say that the sci-fi genre has really been growing on me lately. I used to dislike it a lot, but not anymore. I’m really happy with how it is evolved and I think I’m going to LOVE this book!

  2. Hannah

    Really interesting review! Well written! I’m still excited to read this book so thank you for your thoughts and the giveaway!

  3. mckaykelly

    I’ve read a bunch of mixed reviews for this book, but it looks interesting so I’ll probably end up buying it when it comes out! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  4. Jackie Hauver

    Thanks for the great review. I have seen this book floating around out there in cyber space. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not, but after reading your review I’ve put it on my books to read list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Steph

    Great review! This book has been on my wishlist forever! I think that the quirky science fiction will work for me too – although I haven’t really read that many sci-fi books. I’m glad you liked it!

  6. Vivien

    I’ve read Michael Grant before so I knew that I had to check this book out. The cover is brilliant and the book sounds like a really promising read. So glad you enjoyed it. Added to my wishlist.

  7. Stephanie

    Youre reviews are so honest, I know exactly when I want to read a book and when I don’t simply by going on what you say. No pressure or anything 🙂 This seems like a fascinating premise, with or without its flaws.

  8. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    I have read that Aislin and her boyfriend’s storyline was really random in a lot of reviews. I guess that was their attempt at good secondary characters but sometimes they should be just left out. LOL That is funny that Adam was so hot all the doctors even swooned. But like you said there isn’t really one universal attractiveness except for symmetry I guess but still that does sound cheesy. I love sci fi too so I look forward to this one! I wish I could create the perfect man lol

  9. Moonlight Gleam

    I really appreciate your honest review on the aspects you liked and disliked about the novel. I have been interested in reading it for a while.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Lucy D.

  10. Whitney H.

    I really enjoyed your review and I find myself really intrigued by this book! Although I have been reading a lot of dystopian-set stories lately I haven’t delved into anything truly science fiction in awhile! I love flipping the idea of Eve having been made in the image of man on its head and having her be the creator. I can’t wait to see what shapes the characteristics, talents, and motives she instills in him because ultimately that reflects on her as well.

    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  11. Katharyn Vela

    I like how you reviewed it honestly and talked about what you liked and didn’t. I myself like that because I like knowing others true opinions on books. 🙂

  12. javalotta

    Great review! I appreciate that you are honest about the parts you didn’t love. That’s the kind I need to decide if this book is for me. I do want to read it. I need a change from my usual YA paranormal romance and this book sounds very intriguing! Congratulations on the success of your blog and thanks for the giveaway.

  13. alicia marie

    Thanks for the great review! I’ve heard some good and some bad things about this book, but it’s nice to hear specifically what you liked and didn’t like. I definitely want to read it and it’s nice to know what to expect : ) Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Lindy Gomez

    I love the idea of Eve getting to create the ” perfect boy.” I agree with you that beauty is subjective as is the fact that everyone has t heir own ideas of what a “perfect” person is! I love how you listed everything you disliked about the book, as well as what you like about the book. This information gave me a well rounded view of the book. I like the thought that Eve had to put in creating Adam’s brain! This book interests me because I love science fiction. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Maryse Emery

    I can’t wait to read this book! It looks really good.I like how you clearly write waht you like and didn’t like in two sections. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Vyki @ On The Shelf

    This book sounds really cool. I haven’t been one for sci-fi until recently I haven’t found any that I really wanted to get into. I have been seeing some mixed reviews on this one. Great review~ I can’t wait to read it and see what I think.

  17. Jessica Piazza

    I have been looking forward to reading this one ever since I first saw the cover. Yes, I’ll admit I had cover lust!! After reading your review, I definitely can’t wait to get my hands on this book!! Thanks for the giveaway! I am a new follower and I am currently giving away an ARC of Crewel by Gennifer Albin on my blog.

  18. Sandra @ Waiting For Wentworth

    Thank you for the review. I don’t normally read sci-fi, but for some reason I have been wanting to read this. The cover first attracted me, and then I read the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  19. Galena

    I love future dystopia YA, but most of the ones I’ve been reading lately haven’t been technology-based, so I think this one will be a nice change!

  20. Monique Morgan

    What an interesting sounding book, certainly doesn’t sound like any other book out there. Hearing about the humorous that you disliked also intrigued me, I am usually the one who likes the humor that others don’t! Lol Great review, the book is definitely on my radar now.

  21. Aurora Eaden

    When I first saw the cover and the name of the book I thought to myself “Girl creates boy? Really? Well that sounds cheesy…. The only thing this poor guy will probably be able to do is carry her purse and know exactly which lip gloss she likes best.” But then I read you review, which had many insightful points, and it got me thinking on what an amazing experience it would be to create a human being. And I suppose the closest I can get to this… Is to read the book. Him being so beautiful that it’s hard for people to work around him sounds a bit too much like Twilight for my taste, but I will give it a try for your sake 😉
    Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway and for being one of my favorite reviewers.

  22. Mandee Wyrick

    I hate reading reviews of books I haven’t read yet because it almost always changes my mind before even giving the book a chance. But I have to remember everyone has different opinions. I think I would enjoy this book because of the reasons you didn’t. That’s how it usually happens lol. Thanks for the giveaway! 😀

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