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- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (November 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 27, 2012
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A7URIXA
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I am thinking of an apple when the streetcar hits and my leg severs and my ribs crumble and my arm is no longer an arm but something unrecognizable, wet and red.
An apple. It was in a vendor’s stall at the farmers’ market off Powell. I’d noticed it because it was so weirdly out of place, a defiant crimson McIntosh in an army of dull green Granny Smiths.
When you die—and I realize this as I hurtle through the air like a wounded bird—you should be thinking about love. If not love, at the very least you should be counting up your sins or wondering why you didn’t cross at the light.
But you should not be thinking about an apple.
I register the brakes screeching and the horrified cries before I hit the pavement. I listen as my bones splinter and shatter. It’s not an unpleasant sound, more delicate than I would have imagined. It reminds me of the bamboo wind chimes on our patio.
A thicket of legs encircles me. Between a bike messenger’s ropy calves I can just make out the 30% OFF TODAY ONLY sign at Lady Foot Locker.
I should be thinking about love right now—not apples, and certainly not a new pair of Nikes—and then I stop thinking altogether because I am too busy screaming.
* * *
I open my eyes and the light is blinding. I know I must be dead because in the movies there’s always a tunnel of brilliant light before someone croaks.
“Evening? Stay with us, girl. Evening? Cool name. Look at me, Evening. You’re in the hospital. Who should we call?”
The pain slams me down, and I realize I’m not dead after all, although I really wish I could be because maybe then I could breathe instead of scream.
“Evening? You go by Eve or Evening?”
Something white smeared in red hovers above me like a cloud at sunset. It pokes and prods and mutters. There’s another, then another. They are grim but determined, these clouds. They talk in fragments. Pieces, like I am in pieces. Vitals. Prep. Notify. Permission. Bad.
“Evening? Who should we call?”
“Check her phone. Who’s got her damn cell?”
“They couldn’t find it. Just her school ID.”
“What’s your mom’s name, hon? Or your dad’s?”
“My dad is dead,” I say, but it comes out in ear-splitting moans, a song I didn’t know I could sing. It’s funny, really, because I cannot remotely carry a tune. A C+ in Beginning Women’s Chorus—and that was totally a pity grade—but here I am, singing my heart out.
Dead would be so good right now. My dad and me, just us, not this.
OR 2’s ready. No time. Now now now.
I’m pinned flat like a lab specimen, and yet I’m moving, flying past the red and white clouds. I didn’t know I could fly. So many things I know this afternoon that I didn’t know this morning.
“Evening? Eve? Give me a name, hon.”
I try to go back to the morning, before I knew that clouds could talk, before I knew a stranger could retrieve the dripping stump of your own leg.
What do I do with it? he’d asked.
“My mother’s Terra Spiker,” I sing.
The clouds are silent for a moment, and then I fly from the room of bright light.
Copyright © 2012 by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
From School Library Journal
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Eve, a teen who is mostly worried about her homework, is in an accident and her leg is almost severed. Her mother shows up at the hospital and transfers her to the bio-pharmaceutical company that she owns. Mom sets daughter up with a project: design the perfect man, via genetic simulation on a computer. Eve's best friend helps her a bit as Eve thinks about the ideal intelligence level, muscles, and such. While Eve is in Weird Science land, Solo, her mother's ward, shows up and meets her. Solo gets Eve to see some truths about her life and involves her in his plan to destroy her mother.
This book is definitely set up for young adults. I'm a forty-year-old housewife and I enjoyed it, but if I were to write it for my age group, there'd be a lot more substance in it.
That said, I think I'll try to get my daughter to read it in a few years. There are some great discussion topics in it.
Is there such a thing as too intelligent?
Is helping a lot of people worth hurting a few?
What is morally acceptable in the pursuit of research?
It starts out a little slow but once the story starts, it doesn't stop and moves a frenetic speed towards a rather dissatisfying ending. I'm assuming this is the first book in a series, because if it isn't I will be furious! Premise - brilliant. Prose - crisp and almost acerbic. Characters - different, interesting, over the top, lovely. Story - great but... I'm not sure what the but is here. I think I just wanted more out of this story particularly more from Solo who I thought was really the star of the book and deserved way more time telling his story than he got. Whole book written from Solo's POV please, Michael Grant!
Also, do not let the title put you off becuase you think you know where the story will lead and how the relationship will work out. Without providing any spoilers, suffice it to say, you will be pleasantly surprised that Grant manages to avoid cliche.
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It’s like a private hospital where Eve is the only patient. As she recovers, she’s got sexy Solo pushing her around in a wheelchair. Then she comes to an agreement with her mother to trial software to create the perfect man for herself, who she names Adam.
But there are secrets everywhere. Eve is about to uncover these secrets and then will have to make some difficult choices about what to do with the truth.
I really wanted to enjoy this book. Especially after loving Michael Grant’s Gone Series and knowing that Katherine Applegate is his wife. I hate to give a bad review, but I was disappointed with Eve & Adam.
I just didn’t care about any of the characters. At the beginning of the book as Eve is flying through the air thinking that her life is about to end. Rather than thinking of loved ones, she thinks about an Apple. I felt that the authors had done this conceitedly to make links to Adam & Eve for the purpose of marketing the book. It felt unnatural and therefore Eve felt unreal.
Solo marginally more real, but was a great source of conflict for me. He’s this techno whizz-kid who is described as looking like a surfer, yet doesn’t know some of the fundamental details of his own history. Details that would have been in the computer systems that he so expertly knows after living at the pharmaceutical headquarters for so long.
Aislin, Eve’s best friend did have some believability and depth but was a minor character. It’s always worrying when authors make a minor character more interesting than a main character.
A problem I had with all of the characters is that they conveniently had all of the knowledge, skills, equipment and resources as they needed them. The authors did this by slotting a sentence of backstory in that the reader didn’t know up until the point the characters needed something. It felt like very convenient and lazy storytelling.
The plot was tediously predictable at times verged on being boring. The only reason I carried on reading when I felt bored was because I was half way through the book. I hoped it would get better, have some interesting plot twists, but it didn’t.
Eve & Adam isn’t badly written. The description, dialogue, grammar, punctuation and spelling are all good. It was just the characters and plot that I didn’t enjoy.
‘And girl created boy’
After being involved in a near fatal car accident Evening Spiker is rushed from hospital to her mother’s research facility. There she is left to heal. Just when Eve thinks she is about to die – not from her injuries, but from boredom – her mother gives her a unique project. Create the perfect boy. Using groundbreaking technology and her intelligence, Eve creates Adam. And he’ll be perfect… won’t he?
I started this book after finishing the last but one novel in Grant’s most popular series: Gone. I needed more and turned to Eve and Adam, and instantly I was intrigued, its premise and narrative was new and exciting. The science fiction elements carefully weaved in here and there therefore making it interesting and exciting. The novel not alludes to the Bible but also a modern Frankenstein with the main plot line focusing on the protagonist creating the ‘perfect’ boy. The themes in the novel were not just there, they were almost like a rhetorical question that made you think and constantly question the narrative and the characters. However this never distracted from the main plot and it was balanced both well and effectively.
The protagonist, Eve Spiker, was intriguing the moment she appeared on the page. Her personality and intelligence made her all the more real as she works through her project, creating the perfect boy. Her humour and wit made her seem lifelike as she developed throughout the narrative, and responded to the plot twists that were present throughout. Overall her character was well executed and a realistic portrayal of her gender and age. Secondary characters such as Solo and Adam were also interesting to read; the polar opposites of these characters made them develop and appear three dimensional. However at times other characters were not as well executed.
Overall this is a strong novel by two great authors; its narrative is unique and interesting to read
Rated: Four Stars
Age Rating: 14 +
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I was not disappointed. I read it in three sittings, such is the pull of the story.
Full of action and twisted dystopian science, I cannot wait for what I hope will be a series.