Title: Eve and Adam
Author: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Series: Series title unknown at present (Book 1)
Genre: Science-fiction, mystery, romance Teen/ Young Adult
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
Date of Publication: 1st of October 2012
Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible.
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.
Micheal Grant and Katherine Applegate are not two authors who beat around the bush; instead they threw me straight into the deep end, by starting this amazing book with the opening scene of the day Evening (also know as E.V. or Eve) has her accident. The very same that would almost entirely detach a leg, mangle her arm and change her life forever.
You’re probably thinking that her life will never be same because she’s been in an accident, but no. The accident leads her to the facility where she will get the best possible care, slowly recover and where Eve’s mother asks her, as a distraction from the lengthy healing process, to design the perfect boy for Project 88175, known amongst the Big Brain scientists of Spiker & Plisseken as Project Adam.
Now let me tell you, having reached this point early on in the book, not even the gorgeous looking guy in the sun lounger next to me could deter my gaze from my kindle. I was gone hook, line and sinker.
In this absolutely great novel we meet a variety of interesting characters with the main two being Eve and Solo, and it is from alternatively both points of view that this story is told.
Solo was a very interesting character and, as alone as his name would suggest, was brought up essentially by the scientists around him and the building that contains him, the very same he secretly plots and schemes to bring down. Cleverer than he lets on, with a perfected art of shielding his thoughts from being read as expressions on his face, Solo was an intriguing character with a very different take on life considering his upbringing and with a cold detached view of the world that surrounds him and the people in it.
But then again how would you feel brought up almost like a guest hamster in a lab rat maze? Although perhaps turning into a hamster plotting to destroy its cage and escape, is somewhat of an extended leap as far as scientifically plausible explanations go. Unless the hamster knows something about the cold, sharp and cruel laboratory world that we do not.
Until Eve waltzed into his life and realm on a blaring ambulance, with a detached leg and an arm of the consistency of potato mash, all his schemes were going according to plan. And he was alone. And that’s the way he liked it. But as she barrels her way into his cage for a lengthy foreseeable future, human emotions that aren’t revenge are forced upon him, human interaction actually happens and isn’t all that unpleasant.
Eve was a girl that had been through emotional wars and now physical ones too, and was definitely going to have scars to prove it. She had little to hide and wore her heart on her sleave. Loyal, caring, with a lovely sarcastic streak and no qualms in getting into heaps of trouble, I took to her rather quickly.
As Eve is given Leonardo Da Vinci’s and Einstein’s greatest wish with the chance to play God with human appearance, mind and character, and thus design the perfect human being.
But whilst she plays fictional God on a computer screen with a digital strand of DNA, someone at Spiker & Plissken lab had been playing actual God and for a lot longer.
Between test tubes, double helix strands of DNA and computer programmes, dark secrets are hidden threatening to float to the surface of the container they’ve been held in for so long.
This was a novel that combined mystery and science, with a pinch of romance, into a great steady paced story that I read in a day. Both authors had several twists up the sleeves of their lab coats, and although I guessed a few, I truly enjoyed this book. I very much look forward to reading more in the sequel Adam and Eve!