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Source: eARC from Raincoast Books - thank you! <3
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Release Date: October 2, 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.
Eve and Adam is not the book I thought it was.
Looking at my Goodreads page now, this seems like an easily avoidable mistake since apparently everyone else has by now realized this as well. But while I came into the novel with expectations of epic world-building and mind-boggling twists, what I actually got was a light, fun, almost fairytale-like read. Was I taken aback? Yes. Did I enjoy the book any less because of it? Absolutely NOT.
Evening Spiker is daughter to one of the most successful businesswomen in the country and lives a privileged life thanks to her mother's multi-billion dollar company. I kind of expected Evening to be this huge snob, but while she's not the epitome of humility, she is surprisingly down-to-Earth. Smart and caring, Evening had so many layers to her that I was itching to pull back. I loved the complicated love-hate relationship she had with her mother especially.
Solo was another interesting character (and really, they're all quite fascinating). I loved reading his portions of the book where he was sneaking around at Spiker Biotech, searching for answers. It really had a light spy mission kind of vibe to it and I had tons of fun along the way! Although the book is 300 pages, I breezed through it no time. This is the perfect read if you're looking for something quick and interesting!
For me personally, the story itself was the best part of this book. The actual project Evening undertakes of creating the perfect human being was fascinating. There were so many things to consider, from physical attributes to personality traits and even the correlation between intelligence and social skills are considered. It may sound complicated but that should definitely not be a concern. Applegate and Grant keep the science light and easy to understand... perfect for me ;)
A fun read if you're looking for something original but not too heavy.
Cover Comments: LOVE IT. I love all those connections to sci-fi, technology and the original biblical story!
3.5 Golden Crowns!