What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

I think I wanted to read this book mainly because of the cover. And the title. The story of Adam and Eve is hardly an unknown story, so I was interested to see if this was borrowing that theme, or actually pulling in some sort of re-telling element. I'll have to go with a theme here, after having read it. I wouldn't say there is a religious element to the story, more a scientific one.

Here is the summary from Goodreads: And girl created boy… 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?

What I Liked: 1) I said this on twitter as well, but Evening Spiker has got to be one of the coolest names I've come across in YA fiction. I know that sounds like a strange thing to point out, but it stuck with me after I read the book, so I figure it was worth throwing in here. 2) The idea. The idea that someone has developed this program where you can create actual, human people was interesting, and a little scary. I was interested to see what EV would perceive as the perfect guy, because I think all girls sort of have that vision in our heads as to what he would be, so its kind of cool to see what EV's was. 3) Sharp turns. I'm not going to say plot twists, because really, they weren't plot twists. They were more like sharp angles that you don't see until you are right up on them. Random pieces of action that I didn't think had any bearing on the overall story, but made it better just the same. A lot of this had to do with EV's best friend.

What I Didn't Like: Well...there was really no depth to the story. Other than being a cautionary tale about how far science is willing to go, it was lacking anything deep or emotional. Not that all books have to be deep and meaningful, but this coupled with a lot of unnecessary drama, it was a little more...rough draft-ish than it could have been. Also, I expected a lot more of the whole, creating of the perfect guy, part. For that being the inspiration for the title, it was sorely lacking in that department. I get that the whole idea was "perfect isn't really perfect" but the lack of details bothered me alot.

Overall Thoughts: Eve and Adam is a cautionary tale of what could happen when scientists try to "play God." The characters keep the plot afloat as they revolve around each other in interesting fashions, but the plot is interrupted a few too many times with unnecessary drama, and because of a lack of detail, it was hard to know just where we picked back up. For light reading, this one may be fun for a lot of people, but don't go into it expecting a lot of depth.

 My Rating: 3 shots

6 comments:

  1. Sorry to see you didn't like this one as much as I did! I really enjoyed it, especially since it was such a quick read and Michael Grant is hilarious! I'm hoping the next one will have a bit more substance though. Great review!

    Anna
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    1. It was a quick read, and I know a lot of people will enjoy it. I think I just needed a bit more, but hopefully we'll get some in the next one, like you said!

      Courtney

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  2. I have heard a lot of people just thought this one was okay. It sounds interesting, but nothing I would rush out to get. Great review.

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    1. Yeah, see if the library has it, or you can borrow it for someone, that would be my recommendation!

      Courtney

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  3. I completely agree. Michael Grant is one of my favorite authors, but this one just didn't cut it for me. I mean, I really wanted to like it, but the lack of any sort of depth really killed the story for me. It wasn't terrible, but it definitely wasn't as good as the GONE series, for example.

    Great review!

    - Jai @ Ficlov

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    1. This was my first by either of these two, so I had nothing to really compare it to. I am curious about some of their other work, so I might check it out!

      Courtney

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