Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate have introduced us to characters that we both love and love to hate. They’ve coauthored over 100 books together, including one of the coolest series of my childhood, Animorphs. Michael is the author of the fantastic Gone series and BZRK, and Katherine stole our hearts earlier this year when she introduced us to the loveable, One and Only Ivan. They’ve joined forces once again to bring us creation story like no other, Eve and Adam.
Evening Spiker is recuperating from a freak accident in her mum’s medical facility. She is healing at a remarkable rate, faster than physically possible. As she grows closer to the hot lab assistant Solo, who seems to be hanging around a lot, she realises that things at Spiker Biotech are not quite as they seem. Joining forces, Solo and Eve uncover a secret so huge it could change the world completely. Spiker Biotech is about more than just saving lives. It’s about creating them.
Eve and Adam is an exciting, futuristic thriller, and one hell of a cool book! Take some ordinary teenagers, throw in a billion-dollar biopharmaceuticals company, genetic engineering, morally corrupt scientists and some sexual tension, and you have Eve and Adam. Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate sure know how to write and they suck you in from the very first sentence. This has to be one of the best first sentences ever – ‘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.’
The narration of the story alternates between Eve (Evening or E.V. to her friends), the daughter of Terra Spiker (head of Spiker Biopharmaceuticals) and Solo who is Terra’s ward. After her accident, Terra gives Eve the task of designing the perfect boy, using special software that her company has developed. After some initial skepticism Eve takes to the task and it takes her mind off her injuries, but it’s not long before she starts to wonder why her leg doesn’t hurt and there are no scars. Solo is a mysterious character and you wonder what his motives are. He seems to be sneaking around looking for something in particular, and puts on an act to make himself seem dumber than he actually is. When he finds what he has been searching for it’s shocking and neither him or Eve are quite prepared for the trouble that follows. Into this mix comes Adam, Eve’s perfect boy. I love the way that Eve describes him when she first sees him in person,
“He’s the most beautiful male I’ve ever seen. Ever. Anywhere. George Clooney and Johnny Depp and Justin Timberlake and all of them, all of them, would be cast as Adam’s less attractive best friend.”
The story is so gripping that I read it in one day. The end left me wondering whether Eve and Adam is the start of a new series or whether it is a stand alone novel. I felt like there were a few unanswered questions so this may not be the last we see of Eve, Adam, Aislin and Solo.
5 out of 5 stars