Google+ YA Romantics: Just Finished Reading.... Eve and Adam

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Just Finished Reading.... Eve and Adam

Eve and Adam
by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Expected publication date: October 2, 2012
by Feiwel and Friends

Source: e-ARC from NetGalley. Read my review policy/disclosure here.





My summary: After being hit by a car, Evening "Eve" Striker is whisked from the ER to her mother's biotech firm, where she meets enigmatic teen intern Solo Plissken. As Eve heals, her mother asks her to use Striker Biopharm's new technology to create the perfect man. But when Solo shares some disturbing secrets with Eve -- secrets about her mother, Striker Biopharm, and Eve herself -- they find themselves in terrible danger.

My take:  Eve and Adam was a fun, fast-paced read that kept me flipping the pages. It was one part Adoration of Jenna Fox, one part Mannequin. Eve was a spirited heroine, her mother a great Mommy Dearest-meets-Real Housewives of Silicon Valley villainess.

Then there's Solo. Here's how he's described:

"He's scruffy-looking with too much hair, too little shaving. He's tall and wide shouldered, muscular, blondish. Extremely blue eyes."

Solo. Scruffy and cute. Hmmm. Anyone else getting this mental picture?


Plus, his last name is clearly an homage to Snake Plisskin, the hero of one of my favorite 80s movies, Escape from New York.



Sorry -- got distracted by a little movie nostalgia. 

Solo and Eve band together to find out what the conniving grown-ups are hiding from them, outwit the baddies, and stay alive.  The book uses multiple POVs, first switching between Eve and Solo's, then adding in that of Adam, who is Eve's perfect cyborg creation. There's an entertaining but unconnected subplot involving Eve's friend Aislin, who has very unfortunate taste in guys.

Eve and Adam was a lot of fun --  a light sci-fi read that's heavier on the "fi" than the "sci" --  one of those books that reads like a movie treatment.  Eve and Adam is the perfect choice for readers who like a fast-moving, action packed book -- fans of books like James Patterson's Maximum Ride series will probably also love this one.

35 comments:

  1. I have this one, I haven't got to reading it but, it sounds awesome. I am super curious about it now and I can't wait to read it glad you enjoyed it!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

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    1. Hope you enjoy it -- come back and let me know! It will be in my Hot off the Presses link contest next week!

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  2. Although I thought of Han Solo every time I read his name, I still didn't picture Solo. I actually pictured more of a blond surfer meathead...probably because I didn't like Solo but I LOVE Han Solo. I've never seen Escape from New York (my 80s movie knowledge is rather lacking) but the picture looks intriguing!

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    1. Yeah, book Solo had a LOT to live up to with that name.

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  3. Oh holy goodness ... You HAD to put Han in my head this morning, didn't you? ;o) hahahaha ... I have A Thing for Han Solo. A Thing, I tell you! Mmm ... Book-Solo is described that way, is he? I may have to give this one a whirl ... But first I think I need to revisit that galaxy far, far away ... Mmm, scoundrels.

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    1. Book Solo doesn't have the same snarky panache as Han Solo. But I was happy to think about Han while I was reading.

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    2. Oh, okay. Good to know Book Solo won't totally trample/supercede Han ... I do love that snark. Scruffy. Snarky. And a sweet cookie of a ship...

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    3. No one is like Han Solo. Just like no one is like Mr. Darcy. *meaningful stare*

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    4. LOL!
      And yes, I literally just busted out laughing in my office ;o)

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  4. Great Review Jen! I'm really want to read this one! I have been requesting it for a while and I also love the cover! *walks to cover and stares* :D
    Happy Reading Jen! :)

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  5. Can't wait to read it. I enjoyed the early Maximum Ride books.

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    1. I think I only read the first one. But when I'm volunteering at the library, the tweens and teens are lining up for those books!!!

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  6. Yay! So glad to see you liked this one! I've got it pre-ordered! Really looking forward to it :-)

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  7. This sounds like a great book. I love the idea of it! Thanks for the fab review!

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  8. This is one of my next reads - thanks for sharing your thoughts! I look forward to it...espeically since Solo sounds so wonderful! ;)

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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  9. Now when I finally read this all I'm going to be picturing is Harrison Ford. So thank you for that :D

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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    1. Glad to see that there are so many Han Solo fans out there :)

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  10. Ahh I unfortunately didn't like this one too much :( But I'm glad you really liked it! I didn't get that mental picture when I was thinking of Solo but I definitely see the resemblance :D And I've never watched Escape From New York O_O *hides* Don't hit me! ;) Awesome review Jen!

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    1. LOL you weren't even born when that movie came out. Don't bother -- to someone of your generation, it will probably seem totally cheesy. But when I rented it on VHS back in the 90s it was the bomb!

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  11. This looks awesome! I had the eGalley, but for some reason it's not on my Kobo anymore ... but I will definitely see if my library has it! Thanks for sharing, Jen!

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  12. I kept thinking of Han Solo whenever I read his name too! lol I had no idea about the Escape From New York reference. I have never seen that movie. :( I'm glad you liked this one! :)

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  13. I really liked this one! It's a really great read! :) I'm glad you enjoyed it. I didn't picture Han Solo though(ew Star Wars..lol) I can't wait for the next one!

    Great review!

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  14. I enjoy a bit of movie nostalgia. It does look like a fun read. I wonder who I will picture?

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  15. I love sci fi and look forward to seeing the creation of the perfect boy. Wish I could make one for myself LOL Solo also made me think of Han Solo. I enjoy multiple POVs and of course going against the parents and the baddies.

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  16. Awesome review! This sounds so amazing, and I'm sure I'm gonna enjoy it. You should read Michael Grant's other books too! After reading Gone and BZRK, my expectations for Eve and Adam are super high- and from the sound of your review, I don't think it'll disappoint!

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  17. Sounds interesting... seems like there is a lot going on, but I'm going to check it out the next time I'm in the mood for some good sci-fi... and I like my sci-fi light, so that's good.

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  18. I like Adoration of Jenna Fox, so I like that this book had a part of it. Fast-paced sounds great to me :) I had high hopes for this book, so I'm glad that you liked it so much! :D I'm definitely going to read it. Thanks for the review.

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  19. I'm not so sure about this, it seems like it might be a little too sci-fi for me, but then again I liked Cinder so maybe. And anyone that reminds you of Han Solo gets extra points cause I had a huge crush on Solo back in the day (though really, what girl didn't?)

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  20. Oh I have to read this..awesome review...Hans Solo huh..LOL

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  21. That's what I keep hearing about this book! How it's just absolute FUN! I still have my copy from BEA and I think I am going to get to it sooner that I'd planned! Great review!!

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  22. This is one of the books that I'm excited for. I saw the cover and got interested right away. Thanks for the review. :)

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