“It is the fate of all creators: they fall in love with their creations”// Review of “Eve and Adam” by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant

Title: Eve & Adam
Author: Katherine Applegate, Michael Grant
Audio book narrators: Jenna Lamia, Holter Graham
Genre: YA/sci-fi
Date Read:
28/07/2016- 02/08/2016
Rating: ★★★

Review:

eveandadamcoverHeh. This book was interesting enough, but I didn’t really have any connections to the characters, which meant that what could have been a great read was simply a good read.

When Evening Spiker suffers life-threatening injuries in car accident, her mother quickly whisks her away from San Francisco hospital to her own genetics lab. while she is recovering, her mother tasks her with creating the perfect boy via a in-depth genetics simulation, but all is not as it seems, with her mother, the company, or the mysterious Solo, who keeps hanging around but seems to have his own agenda.

As characters, there was nothing particularly wrong with Eve or Solo. Solo particularly had a good character arc, with everything he thought he knew being turned upside down about three-quarters of the way through. I also really liked Eve’s best friend, Ashlinn, who was struggling with an unhealthy relationship she didn’t quite know how to leave. I didn’t quite see the point of Adam, though. His name was in the title, and I guess he was fine, but for a character who started getting his own POV chapters halfway through the book, he didn’t seem to do anything that couldn’t have been covered by a different character.

The plot explores issues of ethics in scientific research, but unfortunately, not much really comes from this. While there is discussion of the concept of “playing God”, I felt this could have been explored in richer ways, rather than just Eve creating a human from scratch, who did little to serve the plot. A lot of time was spent talking about the thought Eve had to put in when creating Adam, and it was interesting discussion, but not very exciting after a while.

Overall, an interesting idea, just not executed very well. I had hoped for something a bit better from the authors of the Animorphs series.


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#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 03 August, 2016

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This is a blog hop hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for today, and just answer the three questions.

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  • What are you currently reading?

amibalckenoughcoverI have started Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss, and so far I really like the writing style. I think it will be a bit of a challenging book for me as a white person, but that’s why I picked it up.

On audio, I’m listening to Disruption by Jessica Shirvington. This has really good reviews so I have high hopes, but I’m  not very far in yet.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

paperdaisiescoverFinally reached the end of the audio of Paper Daisies by Kim Kelly. I actually did like the story itself, but the book could have been about half the length. Maybe two thirds. Definitely not as long as it was.

After that, I listened to Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant. It was another one of those books where it was absolutely fine but nothing special.

ashalawolfcoverThe only print book I finished this week was The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullin. This is one of those books where it’s really hard to explain my feelings, because on one hand, it avoids some really tired YA tropes and I really wanted to love it for that, but it also just wasn’t that exciting?

Reviews of Isla’s Inheritance by Cassandra Page and Melody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French went up this week.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

All I know is I’m not allowed to get anything else out from the library! I have two books on my Netgalley shelf, along with all my other unread ebooks, and I received two shiny new paperbacks for my birthday, again on top of all the ones I already had. I’ll think of something, though!

And now for WIPpet Wednesday. This is another blog hop in which writers share excerpts from their current WIP that somehow relate to the date. Clicking the blue guy on the right will take you to the linkup for this one. In this scene, Frederick has gone searching for Grace, who ended their affair by disappearing from his house without a trace. He has finallytracked down her family home. Eight lines for the eighth month.

“Er, Mrs Kent?” he asked.

“Who’s asking?”

“My name is Frederick Merrow, and I believe your daughter was in my employ for a time. Your daughter, Grace?”

Mrs Kent’s eyes narrowed. “You’re the one who was teaching her the magic, then, are you?”

Frederick couldn’t believe Grace would have been so open about her abilities, but he nodded. “Yes. That was me.”

Mrs Kent took a step back from the door, and held a hand up to keep Frederick at a distance. “I don’t want you coming any closer.”

“Please,” he said, “I just want to see Grace. I don’t even need to come into your house at all, just send her down, please?”

“Grace is dead.”

Ouch.

Given that I had today off work, this post is ridiculously late, so I shall go now and try to visit some of your blogs before bed. Apologies for being so awful with doing the rounds last week. It’s been a busy time and I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed. I hope to do better this week!

~ Emily


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