Eve & Adam
By Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Eve is the daughter of Terra Spiker. As in Spiker Biopharmaceuticals, a multibillion dollar company dedicated to medical researchers. The cutting edge of medical research.
And it's the Spiker Biopharmaceutical Research Facility that Eve is brought to after she was hit by a car. An injury so bad she may lose her leg.
Shut up in her suite at the research facility Eve is bored. She want's her friends, she even wants to go back to school, but that's out of the question. Then Terra is struck with a brilliant idea. She gives Eve a workspace and sets her to the task of creating the perfect boy with the new computer program her company has designed to teach genetics to children. Eve goes about creating Adam with help at times from her "drug addict slut loser friend" (In the words of Terra) Aislin.
Yes, Aislin does have a penchant for getting into trouble but Eve loves her completely. And the feeling is mutual, but even when she has the best of intentions Aislin gets into a couple major messes and needs Eve to come to the rescue.
Enter Solo, the mysterious and gorgeous guy that arrived with Terra after the accident. He is Eve's ticket out of the Research Facility. He's been living there since the death of his parents and has figured out all of the facilities security flaws. He can smuggle her in and out of the facility with minimal recording of their actions, and what the security camera has recorded he can delete later. How does he know all of the security flaws? Because he's been exploiting them to take down Terra Spiker and her company. He just needs to get his hands on the information that could land her in jail forever.
But can he complete his quest after getting to know Eve?
I loved Eve & Adam. It felt like a breath of fresh air. I breezed through the book without realizing how fast it went by and when it was over I was left wanting more. What else can you ask for in a book?
And I have to admit that it won extra points for being set in the Bay Area. But everyone gets excited when a book is set where they grew up don't they? So little bit of bias!
Eve's naivety, hurt and impulsivity make her a great protagonist. You enjoy watching her grow and learn throughout the novel. Her loyalty and love is fierce and admirable. It is easy to fall in love with her.
Solo's quest for the truth and pursual of exposing crimes against humanity make him the perfect "bad boy" any girl could easily fall for. A rebel with a cause is always attractive. The fact that his most tragic flaw is to fall for the enemies daughter makes him just that much more likeable. Although it is a wonderful Romance Sci-Fi, Eve & Adam also brings up important morality questions.
Is it ok to play God? What is ok to do in the pursuit of science? Do the benefits of these pursuits outway the actions we took to get there? It is a great introduction to how we come about our medical cures in the modern world and some of the horrors that go on behind the scenes.
A definite Must Read!