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Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate: Review, Interview, and Giveaway!

Friday, October 5, 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.

Goodreads Summary

From the get go, I knew I would like this book. The cover alone tipped me off to expect an exciting plot and a lot of action. Evening “E.V.” Spiker is the daughter of a Biopharmaceuticals mogul-scientist. After being in a horrible accident, E.V. goes to stay at the Spiker research facility while she heals. To keep E.V. occupied, Terra Spiker, E.V.’s mother, has E.V. test new software for the company. E.V. will be “playing God” and building a Sim person on the computer by manipulating genes. Solo has lived at the Spiker research facility since he was eleven and his parents died. A computer genius, Solo knows everything and everyone associated with Spiker technology. Solo wants to take down Terra Spiker, he believes she is the reason his parents died. The attraction to E.V. that Solo feels has nothing to do with E.V., but just with the fact she is the only other person his age at the research facility. That’s what Solo has been telling himself, at least.
Although E.V. is arguably the main character of this novel, my favorite character is Terra. “Terror” Terra Spiker is driven, tough, and knows what she is doing. Her morals may be questionable, but Terra Spiker is awesome! I love and admire her. E.V. is a lot like her mother. E.V. will find a way to get what she wants and protect the people she cares about. Solo is more of a wildcard who is driven by revenge, but unconsciously seems to want to be a better person. All the characters in this book are really interesting. Eve and Adam could be loved by a teen or young adult reader of either gender. The plot and characters have a universal appeal. Grant and Applegate did a fantastic job. Eve and Adam also promises to be a series; this news put a smile on my face.

5 Stars

*Reviewed by Kristin*

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 1)  Do you have a particular interest in genetics?  If not, how did you decide to write a book concerned so much with genetics?

M:  Well, we have the Google over at our house.
K:  The Google and the Wikipedia.
M: But actually we had a pre-existing interest in the subject -- particularly in the ethics of genetic engineering, what it means for society, what it means for our concepts of credit or blame, what it means for notions of virtue, how much this will inform child-rearing and other issues.
K:  Which he learns about on the Google.

2)  Did you have a favorite character to write about?

K: I think we both liked writing the mother, Terra, who of course plays the role of God the Father in our little pseudo-allegory.  Extreme characters and villains are always the most fun to write.
M: I liked Solo a lot.  We tend to like difficult characters.  Solo isn't a fawning, slavish, secretly-watch-you-sleep kind of guy, he has an agenda, he has a mission of his own.  And Eve is not there to just be the love-object.  Adam, too, has problems despite being essentially perfect -- he knows there are holes in his awareness.  We always want our characters to be real.  Easy people are boring. 

3) How do you think hearing from two different perspectives adds to a novel?

M: Mostly it's a practical thing that allows you to do first person but jump between stories. 
K:  It allows you to look at characters from both inside and outside.  To see and understand what they think they're doing, but also to see how those actions may be interpreted differently by someone else.

4) Did this book require you to draw on any of your own experiences?

M:  My experiences as a genetically-modified, super-humanly beautiful man?  Yes.  That was soooo my life.
K: Uh huh.

5) What can we expect from Eve and Adam?

K:  More biblical, sci-fi, rom-com thriller action.  In other words we haven't thought about it yet.
M: We may raise or lower the amount of either the rom or the com. 

6)  What is one of your favorite scenes from Eve and Adam?

M: We both love the reference to "sphincter head."  For some reason that struck us as absurdly funny and we laughed about it for days.  It's just a throw-away line, not really a scene.

7) Are you currently working on a novel now?

M: I'm doing edits on LIGHT, the final book in the GONE series, as well as starting THE MAGNIFICENT 12 #4. 
K:  I'm working on a book which is thus far nameless.  But it's going to be great.  Just as soon as I figure out what it is.

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  1. Heather said...:

    Must read this book. My friend's mother really is a geneticist, this would be fun to read about what happens when one goes bad.

  1. I want to read this one so bad. I've been trying to get and ARC of it for review, but no luck so far

  1. Kara D. said...:

    Sounds very enticing! And 5 star rating, wow, I'll really have to check it out.

  1. Grace Lo said...:

    What am I looking forward to in Eve and Adam? The genetic engineering, sci-fi epicness. c:

  1. Julie S said...:

    It sounds pretty good. I've had it on my to read list for a while.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    In thus book, I really want to see HOW you can make a person perfectly. That's interesting. -Pat

  1. I think the genetic engineering sounds amazing and the book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win

    Jolene A

  1. This has been in my to-read shelf for so long! Can't wait to read it :D


  1. Alicia said...:

    I'm really looking forward to seeing how the author pulls this story together, I love the idea (for a book plot - not real life) of genetically engineering the 'perfect' person.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    P.S. - The book trailer was awesome!

  1. Sabryy said...:

    I want to read this book because the goodreads summary sound amazing and it's a very interesting story.:)

  1. Sayomay said...:

    I have heard a LOT of great things about this book! Also at the end of this month both of the authors are doing a book signing in my town. ;)

  1. Christina K. said...:

    This sounds awesome because of the theme, the allegory and the scifi:)

    Thank you:)

  1. Dovile said...:

    I'd like to read more about how the engineered person is different from what it expected to be.

  1. holdenj said...:

    I've been hearing good things about this book and look forward to seeing how two authors make it shape up.

  1. Christine said...:

    I'm just looking forward to reading a twist on such a classic, well-known tale. Can't wait! :)

  1. Rachel V said...:

    I always loved science in school and I love Sci-Fi. As soon as I first seen this cover and read the blurb I knew I had to read this book. I am glad to her it will be a series. I can't wait!!!!!

  1. OMG i've been dying to read this book! I wanted to review for our blog but no luck :(

  1. deasuluna said...:

    Sounds like a great Sci-fi read and I have been wanting to branch out into other genres. Also love when two authors collaborate!

  1. Jenny said...:

    I find genetics fascinating, so I'm interested in the direction they'll take in this book.

  1. M.A.D. said...:

    I'm particularly interested in the bio-genetics aspect, very curious about this *perfect boy* simulation! ;D
    Thank you for the fantastic giveaway!!
    Mary DeBorde (M.A.D.)

  1. So excited for this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  1. This book sounds amazing! I'm looking forward to the process of which Eve creates Adam, the after effects, and if Adam ends up changing into his own person. This sounds like such a good read!

  1. Steph said...:

    This book has been on my wishlist forever! I'm looking forward to reading how the whole genetics thing will go & I like how they're kind of spinning off of the Adam & Eve story. Thanks for the giveaway!

  1. Yesenia said...:

    I'm looking forward to reading the book! It sounds really interesting!
    morales_y at yahoo dot com

  1. erin said...:

    I love the original premise! thanks for the giveaway!

  1. KikiD said...:

    This has been on my TBR list for so long! I'm very curious to see how two different writers will pull off this complicated plot! But, I've always thought it sounded amazing and the cover gorgeous!

  1. I love Micheal Grants book series called "Gone" I really want to see how this book is like because I did like the Animorph tv show when it played which was based on the books these two authors wrote!

  1. There isno one thing I am looking forward to, the book just sounds great.

  1. Hannah said...:

    Nothing specific bu this sounds like a great sci-fi novel and I expect greatness from it!

  1. Kar said...:

    I've read so many reviews and every one of them makes more excited about this book! I love the idea behind it, I think it's pretty original so I'm dying to read it :)

  1. bn100 said...:

    the characters

  1. Tanya said...:

    I'm looking forward to seeing what the secrets are. It should be very exciting! I can't wait.

  1. I'm looking forward to everything in this book, it looks like it should be awesome!

  1. I'm a HUGE fan of Michael Grant's writing, so I'm looking forward to everything!!

  1. Darlene said...:

    Scientists involved with genetic manipulation should know better...disaster always abounds! Can't wait to read it!!

  1. It sounds good plus I think my youngest daughter would like it. Thanks for your giveaway and the chance to win it.

  1. I'm looking forward to the sci fi aspect as well as the world building and characters! And I love the cover!!

  1. Annwitch said...:

    The book sounds great, especially the sci fi aspect really is interesting .

  1. Erika said...:

    This looks like a great book! I love the idea of her not knowing who she is and the mystery behind it. Seems like an original concept. Thanks for the chance to win!

  1. I'm actually most looking forward to the fact that Michael Grant wrote it since I love his Gone series.

  1. I love Michael Grant so I'm just looking forward to more of his style!

  1. Kristin said...:

    Like most commentors, I'm looking forward to seeing how the genetic engineering aspect of the story is handled.

  1. ape2016 said...:

    I like the sci fi element

  1. Love ur review! Can't wait to read this book:)

  1. This looks amazing! Yet another book to add to my wishlist!

  1. I've got this one on my TBR list! I've heard mixed reviews about it. I got off of Netgalley, so I'm definitely looking forward to finding out for myself! :)

  1. Chelesa B. said...:

    This novel sounds fan-freaking-tastic! And that cover-- GUH!

  1. OOh, I really enjoyed to interview!! I really want to read this! The cover is cool looking too!

  1. Misti said...:

    This book sounds so interesting. I enjoyed the trailer and the interview. Very insightful. Missed my chance to win this book. :( I will be reading it anyway. Thanks!

  1. I almost got this book once and changed my mind. This has made me determined to buy this book!

  1. ...and girl created boy...

    It's the first time seeing this book, and the book review is very convincing. Might try going to the library and find this one.

  1. Meghan H said...:

    I've been wanting to read this book for sometime. What a great review - and a great interview as well.

  1. Natalie said...:

    Brilliant interview and review! This book has such a great synopsis and the COVER!! SO GOOD!

  1. Olivia Harvard said...:

    This was a great book!I remember reading it a couple of years back afer I received a copy for Christmas. It was interesting take on genetics and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It even served as my self selected text for one of my English courses! Fantastic review, and loved reading the little interview!

  1. I have been dying to read this book too bad I missed the giveaway but awesome review!!! Just makes me want the book even more.