Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate & Michael Grant on goodreads:
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
For some reason I thought this will be a dystopian setting and I was excitingly happy to find out it’s actually not! Eve & Adam is set in the here and now, with a science, genetic twist which made my Biologist heart happy.
Dual Narration – with clear distinct voices & starting with a BANG
The story is told in first person narration from Eve’s and Solo’s POV. Which was a surprise, since I though the second narration would be “Adam” as the title implies. But I fast found myself enthralled by this boy Solo. And seriously, don’t tell me you also thought about Han Solo from Star wars when seeing this name! they also have some common treats, both are play the lonely hero pretty well!
We jump right into the story with a pretty well played “bang” – I love when you get sucked right into a story with not much of a preface.
Eve – smart, strong and lonely.
Eve’s mom has a big big genetic pharma-company that makes billions of money. Needless to say Eve grew up with more money she could think of, but with an absent mom and a death father. Although Eve appears strong, she actually has to with this kind of a mother; she’s lonely, having only one friend who is the opposite of her. But, Eve is not a sad lonely person, if that makes any sense. She’s just used to take care of herself. Also, it’s not easy for her to let people get close to her so she never had a boyfriend, as in ever!
Solo with his subtle cleverness stole my heart!
He was such an interesting and intriguing character and even after finishing this book, I still haven’t figured him out! Not that he’s this mysterious kind of boy, no he’s more used to keep to himself much like Eve. But having been forced to grow up alone, he’s also pretty lonely and the only one he trusts is him. He grew up on the compound of Eve’s mother’s company and love is a word he just heard of but never encountered since his parents died. But he’s smart and he’s also brave and knows his way around, he’s sneaky and I loved his combination of shyness and cleverness!
Mystery, Science, Genetics and a fascinating plot
The plot itself was fast moving after an initial slow beginning I got hooked and truly intrigued. Finding myself turning pages after pages, eager to find out more about what the company really does. Genetic experiments? But, how far do they go? Who is really behind them! What has this to do with Eve, Solo and her mother! It was not just a fascinating plot, but also a scary one… one that might be reality at some point…
Romance Sweet Romance and … who the heck is Adam?
The romance was definitely und undeniable cute and perfectly fit easily into the plot. Since both had no real experience yet, there as a lot of blushing but also a lot of sexiness! A hot kissing scene was the cherry on top! So, where does now Adam fit into the grand sheme of things?
Well I won’t tell! Other than this was such an amazing surprise I won’t spoil for you! I’m not cruel, I just want you to have the same fun discovering all the secrets that I had!
Eve and Adam comes with a clever engaging story full of mystery and spiced up with science and future genetics. Together with a cast of clever and fascinating characters Eve and Adam is a great story I can recommend to everyone who loves action, genetics and a thrilling plot!