Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Number of Pages: 291
Date Published: October 2, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
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?
Evening "Eve" Spiker broke her leg due to an accident, and was transferred to an elite facility, Spiker Biopharm, owned by her mother to be treated better. While waiting for her leg to fully heal and to appease her boredom, she was granted access to one of programs that lets you create you very own human simulation. Add into the mix a dysfunctional best friend, a vengeful young employee who is a possible love interest and some mentally unbalanced scientists and doctors set out to make money out of illegal means, you get THIS BOOK.
The book was not bad. It was interesting enough for me to finish reading up to the last page, and there were mildly entertaining parts. It was fast-paced so you do not have to worry about parts being dragged on way longer than they intended to be. But I honestly thought the story would have a great twist that could boggle readers. It didn't. It simply laid everything out there. Although there were still some secrets that needed revealing and some past that needed to be dug up, it did not have the "wow" factor at the end.
The characters were also a little difficult to connect with. Some of them were funny and likable, some were not. But the thing was, the book did not tell enough story or background about who they were and their relationships for readers to be attached and actually root for them. This lead to questions like: Why was Eve named Evening? Is Solo's real name Solo? And Why Solo? How did Aislin and Eve's friendship over the years developed? - something like that. It lacked character substance.
Science is a great part of the book. The whole genetics thing was something I actually liked. However, I found the story not very convincing and there were some parts that I can't seem to fully understand why it was supposed to happen, like Adam (and he was supposed to be a main part of the story being in the title and all). In my opinion, even if you remove the Adam part, the story will still go on. Also, the way it was written was not extraordinary to make it stand out.
Despite all that, I still enjoyed reading the book, especially the last few chapters. I was breezing through the running and fight parts. I didn't even notice I was at the last page already.
I do not know if there will be a second book. As listed in Goodreads, this is Eve & Adam #1. But there is no official statement if a second book is on the way. The ending of the first book does not hint a second book.