Thursday, October 04, 2012

Eve and Adam Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Today, as part of the Eve and Adam blog tour, I have the hilarious Michael and Katherine over for a fantastic interview that I promise will amuse you! There’s also a giveaway for you, and my review! Have a look:

Eve and Adam
Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate
Publication date: October 2nd 2012
by Feiwel & Friends


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.

*A copy was provided by Macmillan for review purposes*

I don’t know if it’s the cover, or the latest craze of dystopians, but I was sure I was getting into a futuristic sci-fi novel when I started Eve and Adam. After only a few chapters though – confused about the lack of world building – did I suddenly realize that this is actually set in current day. This is not a bad thing at all, but my expectations did a complete 360 to which I ended up pleasantly surprised to have stumbled upon an intriguing sci-fi novel touching on genetics, and full of horrifying secrets.

While Goodreads says 300 pages, this novel felt even shorter as the chapters are small and plentiful. The downfall of this is nothing is very profound or examined deeply; the characters and plot are not incredibly developed. However, you can breeze through it in the blink of an eye which makes it a quick ride where you simply sit back and enjoy. It’s a guilty pleasure read.

The fast pace keeps it entertaining and the twists holds your rapt attention. If you’re wary of the sci-fi aspect, don’t be. It’s in no way confusing or overwhelming. Evening (Eve) is put on a simulation project to create the perfect human. Even though we don’t get into it in great depths, it’s still fascinating with vivid imagery; the eyes, the hands, the face – floating in mid-air – it’s all being created and perfected by our protagonist. It’s also incredible how you never really think of every little details that goes into individuality; every element counteracts another. Do you make him so smart he won’t easily fit in a social crowd, or do you make him average but then he’ll need to try harder academically? Do you make him muscled? If so 1) you can’t give him too big an appetite or he’ll simply get fat (nor too small or he’ll get scrawny), and 2) you also need to make him enjoy working out to keep said muscles. This is just an example of specifics you have you consider. It’s all very interesting and thought provoking. Plus, can any human really be perfect? Endless details go into to create a human to our liking. With our current scientific advancements, picking and choosing characteristics in our future babies is not implausible; the believability of this whole plot makes it even more engrossing.

Solo is the main male character we get to know in this book. He’s got quite the brisk personality and I kind of liked his and Evening’s snippy exchanges. Since he’s been living inside the Biotech facility for years, he has thus acquired a lot of its secrets and inside knowledge. He’s now discovering secrets; frighteningly disturbing secrets. The plot twists are fun even though they aren’t exactly surprising. There’s also a hint of romance in the book, but it’s not abundant by any means. Aislin is another character we see a lot of – Evening’s best friend. She’s a fun addition, but I felt her storyline – drug dealing boyfriend constantly getting in trouble – felt irrelevant. It doesn’t really add anything to the story. With the book being so short, we don’t get into this side story with any kind of depth, making it seem mostly random without any emotional attachment towards their situation.

Original and intriguing, Adam and Eve is a fantastically quick read that I think would suit those looking for a light and breezy sci fi novel. I haven’t found many true sci-fi (without being a dystopian) in YA, but I find them especially engaging and thought provoking, Eve and Adam is no exception. 

4 Hot Espressos
Interview with Michael & Katherine

 K is for Katherine, M is for Michael.  

Q. What inspired the plot of Eve and Adam?

K: The book of Genesis.
M:  Yes, it was inspired by the Bible.  In fact, we consider Moses to be our co-author.
K: Just unpaid.  He can’t share in the royalties because he’s, you know, dead.
M: And possibly fictional.  But we do, basically, consider EVE AND ADAM to be the word of God, and people should know that if they don’t buy the book they may be making a very powerful enemy.  Just putting that out there.
K:  We thought it would be fun to create the world’s first and only Biblical Sci-Fi Rom-Com Thriller.
M:  Pretty soon Barnes and Noble will have an entire aisle devoted to nothing but Biblical Sci-Fi Rom-Com Thrillers.

Q. How was it, writing this book with your spouse?

K: Oh, we’ve co-authored a lot of stuff, most notably the ANIMORPHS series.
M: But this time it was more peaceful, don’t you think?
K:  Much less yelling, yes.
M:  We’ve mellowed with age.  So much age.  So much mellowing.  Of course the tag line is “And girl created boy,” so we had to think about just what we would do with that power.  Katherine decided in the end, if she had that kind of technology, she would have created someone exactly like me.
K:  Uh huh.

Q. How different do you think the book would be if either of you had taken it on as a solo project?

K: If Michael had written it there’d be much more death.  Killing, pain, a very complicated plot with lots of violence.
M:  If Katherine had written it it would be a literary masterpiece like THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN.
K:  Okay, what is it you want?  What are you after?

Q. Do you plan to write more books as a team in the future?

M:  Actually, we are planning a sequel to EVE AND ADAM.  We haven’t decided what to call it yet.  Abel and Caina?
K:  Matthew, Mark, Luke and Joanna.

Q. Genetics is a very fascinating subject, in my opinion at least, did you have to do a lot of research for Eve and Adam?

K:  Of course.  If by research you mean that we read a couple of Wikipedia articles.
M:  Well, that, and we created a mutant devil child using stem cells and the ingredients in our kitchen.  Mostly Nutella.
K:  I’d say we are both fascinated by genetics, by the opportunities, and the possibilities of therapies, and by the complex moral and ethical issues around it.
M:  We are?  Yes.  Yes, we are. 

KATHERINE APPLEGATE is the author of many books for children and young adults, include the award-winning Home of the Brave. Her husband, MICHAEL GRANT, is the author of the BZRK series and the bestselling Gone series. Together they wrote the popular Animorphs series. They live in Northern California with their two children and numerous unmanageable pets. 

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36 Responses to “Eve and Adam Review, Interview & Giveaway”

  1. Amy

    Great review chick!! This book sounds really cool! I have never really thought about all the things that would go into making a perfect person. It sounds exhausting lol!! I loved the interview. It made me laugh.

  2. Paranormal Book Fan

    Great interview, I didn’t actually realise this was written by a married couple. And great review Giselle. I’m looking forward to reading this. I love the tag line “girl created boy” 🙂

  3. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    I thought this was a dystopia…Honestly, that cover is so gorgeous it could be about a robot apple and I would still want to read it!
    And that interview was just too freaking funny! It must have been a blast to be able to write the book together.

  4. Mel - Thedailyprophecy.

    Wonderful review, Giselle! I’ve been keeping an eye on this book from the moment I saw the cover. It sounds exactly like something I love; it really suits to my interests. I like a fast pace. Funny to see how many things you must consider if you are going to create a human.

    The interview was great, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. Giselle

    Wasn’t his the best interview!!!

    @Nereyda: Bahaha this comment made me spit my drink. Robot apples could be interesting… maybe. >.<

    Thanks for dropping by, lovelies!!

  6. Addie R.

    Woow this book sounds so amazing now that I read your in-depth review. The genetic making aspect definitely sounds interesting, and a ‘biblical, sci-fi romance, comedy thriller’ sounds AWESOME. x]
    And that interview was hilarious! 😀
    Thanks for the giveaway ^__^

  7. Jenni @ Alluring Reads

    ahaha I love this interview they sound like my husband and I. I am really intrigued by this one and happy that you pointed out not to be turned off if you aren’t into sci-fi, because I am and I was. I’ll have to give this one a go! Great review!

  8. Alexa

    I love how they described their book! It made me smile. Plus, your review makes it sound very promising. I grew up loving the Animorphs series, so I’m sure the writing will work out for me 😉

  9. Candace

    Lol, that entertaining interview definitely has me more curious about the book!
    I have read in other reviews that this is a much lighter book and people don’t expect that. I think since I know that I may enjoy this one. Actually that makes me much more interested in it because before I didn’t have any intention of reading it.

  10. A Canadian Girl

    I’ve seen mixed reviews for this one but I’m hoping to get to it soon. The premise of it sounds so interesting and the authors seem pretty funny. It doesn’t hurt that I loved The Animorphs when I was younger.

  11. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    Sounds like a fun and fast sci fi read! LOL I would never think about how creating the perfect human would involve figuring out how many muscles and what kind of appetite to give him but I guess it makes sense. Eventually the environment will probably change him I would think. Very curious about this one!

  12. Sam

    A very entertaining interview! Moses is the co-author? I like that. 😉

    This sounds like a quick fun read. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Giselle. Lovely review!

  13. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    Soooo….I know this has nothing to do with this post but I just saw your Instagram feed and saw that you have a box of chocolates with Aero’s in it!!! OMG, I freaking LOVE that candy and they don’t sell it here anymore 🙁 I have been looking for that damn chocolate for years!
    You lucky Canadians get ketchup flavored chips and Aero chocolates. So jealous!

  14. Nicki Mann

    I saw something about this book on another website just a while ago! I wonder if it is tricky to write a book with someone else. You’d have to be really careful to use the same writing style all the way through!

  15. Giselle

    @Nereyda : Haha yes love Aeros! You don’t have them there anymore? That is just not right! And Ketchup chips are amazing! I should mail you some! 😀

  16. Karen

    I had loaned this book to a friend and I just got it back today so I may start it tonight.

    The cover and title are so perfect.

    Thanks for your review. Now I know a little more of what to expect going in.

  17. Sarah (saz101)

    Bahahahaha! Oh goodness, Michael and Katherine are HILARIOUS. Moses is their co-author? I’m seriously laughing out loud.