Review: Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant

Eve and Adam

Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant
Genre: Sci-fi, Contemporary
Published By: Egmont Books
Pages: 312
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★
Where to Find: 
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‘Eve and Adam’ was one of my library reads of the Christmas break. I didn’t really know what to expect with this book, as the tagline was ‘and girl creates boy’. When I researched other reviews of this content, a lot of people were surprised that the book didn’t take place in the future and was instead a 21st Century setting. I guess this was because the technology for creating human life was quite advanced, so not expected in 2013, when this book was published.

However, I was satisfied with the time scale, it was actually nice to read a ‘scientific contemporary’. (Plus, I got to put my AS in Biology to good use – though, don’t worry, there isn’t a lot of jargon to alienate readers who are less familiar with DNA triplet code.)

Eve was an interesting character. She was in an accident in the first chapter of the book, which severely…well, mangled her leg. She was rushed to hospital but then discharged and placed in her mother’s private hospital – her mother’s a billionaire. It turns out that Eve is like Wolverine, with super regenerative powers.

This discovery of powers had a bigger plot focus than Eve creating Adam, as Adam was only present as a human being for the last 20% of the book. Actually, most things had more focus than ‘girl creates boy’. For example, Eve had a best friend, Aislin, who was going out with a drug dealer and they had to get him out of trouble a lot of the time – so not what I was expecting.

It took me a while to realise that the second perspective of the book, Solo, was acting as ‘the apple’ in the creation story. Eve loved him more than she did her own creation, so I guess Solo polluted her heart, rather than her mind. It was cute. And meant to be.

I enjoyed the two perspectives of Eve and Solo – there was a little mystery surrounding Solo’s parents and Eve’s father, but I’ll leave that unspoiled.

Overall, I’d give ‘Eve and Adam’ only 2 stars. I enjoyed it, but it was below average. I felt like I was skim-reading most of it (which was helped by the font being about size 36.) I thought the main premise of ‘girl creates boy’ could have been played up more, and I was hoping for some more ‘creation story’ parallels. Although, I did enjoy the discussion of ‘The God Complex’ and who has the right to determine life. Quite thought provoking. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes science-fiction, but don’t expect anything too hardcore.

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