Eve and Adam

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With Eve and Adam, authors Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant team up to create a thrilling story. 

 

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 ...

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Overview

With Eve and Adam, authors Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant team up to create a thrilling story. 

 

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?

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Editorial Reviews

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Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker is recovering well from her car crash injuries—except for one thing: She's bored out of her still healing noggin. To lift her spirits, her geneticist mother suggests the ultimate DIY summer internship project: Create the perfect boy. Starting with the basics, Eve begins to fashion an ideal Adam. Only one uncertainty remains: What will happen after he's up and running? A stimulating series starter fiction about a new millennium version of creationism.

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“. . . the blend of action and romantic suspense will be welcoming . . .”―Booklist

“Observant, smart, and unencumbered by emotion, this is a tasty read that readers will devour in a flash.”―Publishers Weekly

“The husband and wife team behind the Animorphs series returns with the first installment of an entertaining saga that pits smart teens against high-tech evildoers and bionic skullduggery.”―Kirkus

“It’ll make 'em laugh. It’ll make 'em think. You may want to buy multiples.” ―School Library Journal

“Grant and Applegate portray a chilling brave new world of genetic technology, presenting fascinating speculative possibilities that are weighed against their moral implications." ―The Horn Book

Publishers Weekly
Eleventh-grader Evening Spiker (E.V. or Eve for short) has grown up with the wealth and privilege that go with being the only child of Terra Spiker, the stereotypically icy and no-nonsense CEO of Spiker Biopharmaceuticals. When Eve's leg is severed in an accident, the company clinic comes in handy, and when recovery gets to be a bore, there's the human simulation program to play with—Eve's mother asks her to "design the perfect boy" with it. A young orderly, Solo, is easy on the eyes, but he also prods Eve to acknowledge truths she'd rather ignore, like how fast her reattached leg is healing. Solo knows a lot about Spiker, more than a guy who pushes the coffee cart ought to. Why? The husband-and-wife team of Grant and Applegate (the Ani-morphs series) knows how to keep the questions and the action coming as they alternate (mostly) between Eve and Solo's perspectives. Observant, smart, and unencumbered by emotion, this is a tasty read that readers will devour in a flash. Lucky for them, there's a sequel planned. Ages 13–up. (Oct.)
VOYA - Paula J. Gallagher
A rib-crushing, leg-severing accident is no big deal when your mom is a famous neurologist. Whisked from the hospital against doctor's orders, Evening Spiker finds herself convalescing at Spiker Biopharmaceuticals, the research facility headed by her cold, calculating mother, Terra. As she recovers, a bored Evening craves contact from the outside world, but Terra has the perfect distraction: Evening must test the lab's new genetic simulation program, picking and choosing DNA to create the perfect boy. Solo Plissken, the lab go-fer and now Evening's aide, has grown up at Spiker. Solo knows more than he ever lets on about the suspicious goings-on at the lab. He has been planning Spiker's demise for years, but he had not planned on the almost magnetic attraction he feels for the boss's daughter. Solo and Eve have more in common than they know. Soon sinister secrets are revealed, and the "simulation" leads to the creation of an actual flesh and blood boy, Adam. But if Adam is the perfect boy, why is Eve so attracted to Solo? Narrated by Evening and Solo in alternating chapters, Eve and Adam is a thrill ride of a book. Readers who do not stop to question the impossible science behind the plot will enjoy this fast-paced story. Unfortunately, the novel deteriorates in its closing chapters, with a climax involving stereotypical lab employees, an enormous steel redwood sculpture, and corny, stilted dialogue straight out of a Nickelodeon cartoon. Reviewer: Paula J. Gallagher
Kirkus Reviews
The husband-wife team behind the Animorphs series returns with the first installment of an entertaining saga that pits smart teens against high-tech evildoers and bionic skullduggery. A run-in with a streetcar left Evening Spiker's body seriously mangled. Against medical advice, her widowed mother, Terra, insists on moving her from the hospital to Spiker Biopharmaceuticals, the cutting-edge biotech company she owns, renowned for its worldwide medical good works. Assisting Terra--though with an agenda of his own--is Solo Plissken, who takes more than a passing interest in Eve. Both teens feel a deep ambivalence toward Terra and Spiker Biopharm, though for different reasons, and beyond their mutual attraction, share a troubling, mysterious connection from the past. Eve's healing is strangely swift but leaves her bored and restless until Terra drops a project, billed as genetics education, in her lap: Design a virtual human being from scratch. With help from her feisty, reckless friend Aislin, Eve takes up the challenge. While she becomes increasingly mesmerized by her creation, Adam, Solo edges closer to achieving his own goals. The straightforward narration by Eve, Solo and Adam in compact, swift-moving prose, makes this a first-rate choice for reluctant readers while raising provocative questions about the nature of creation and perfection. An auspicious, thought-provoking series opener. (Science fiction/romance. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250034199
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 182,510
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Grant

Katherine Applegate is the author of many books for children and young adults, including 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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EVE

 

 

I am thinking of an apple when the streetcar hits and my leg severs and my ribs crumble and my arm is no longer an arm but something unrecognizable, wet and red.

An apple. It was in a vendor’s stall at the farmers’ market off Powell. I’d noticed it because it was so weirdly out of place, a defiant crimson McIntosh in an army of dull green Granny Smiths.

When you die—and I realize this as I hurtle through the air like a wounded bird—you should be thinking about love. If not love, at the very least you should be counting up your sins or wondering why you didn’t cross at the light.

But you should not be thinking about an apple.

I register the brakes screeching and the horrified cries before I hit the pavement. I listen as my bones splinter and shatter. It’s not an unpleasant sound, more delicate than I would have imagined. It reminds me of the bamboo wind chimes on our patio.

A thicket of legs encircles me. Between a bike messenger’s ropy calves I can just make out the 30% OFF TODAY ONLY sign at Lady Foot Locker.

I should be thinking about love right now—not apples, and certainly not a new pair of Nikes—and then I stop thinking altogether because I am too busy screaming.

*   *   *

I open my eyes and the light is blinding. I know I must be dead because in the movies there’s always a tunnel of brilliant light before someone croaks.

“Evening? Stay with us, girl. Evening? Cool name. Look at me, Evening. You’re in the hospital. Who should we call?”

The pain slams me down, and I realize I’m not dead after all, although I really wish I could be because maybe then I could breathe instead of scream.

“Evening? You go by Eve or Evening?”

Something white smeared in red hovers above me like a cloud at sunset. It pokes and prods and mutters. There’s another, then another. They are grim but determined, these clouds. They talk in fragments. Pieces, like I am in pieces. Vitals. Prep. Notify. Permission. Bad.

“Evening? Who should we call?”

“Check her phone. Who’s got her damn cell?”

“They couldn’t find it. Just her school ID.”

“What’s your mom’s name, hon? Or your dad’s?”

“My dad is dead,” I say, but it comes out in ear-splitting moans, a song I didn’t know I could sing. It’s funny, really, because I cannot remotely carry a tune. A C+ in Beginning Women’s Chorus—and that was totally a pity grade—but here I am, singing my heart out.

Dead would be so good right now. My dad and me, just us, not this.

OR 2’s ready. No time. Now now now.

I’m pinned flat like a lab specimen, and yet I’m moving, flying past the red and white clouds. I didn’t know I could fly. So many things I know this afternoon that I didn’t know this morning.

“Evening? Eve? Give me a name, hon.”

I try to go back to the morning, before I knew that clouds could talk, before I knew a stranger could retrieve the dripping stump of your own leg.

What do I do with it? he’d asked.

“My mother’s Terra Spiker,” I sing.

The clouds are silent for a moment, and then I fly from the room of bright light.

 

Copyright © 2012 by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    A Great Read

    I don't know if many of you remember Katherine Applegates's middle grade series (also written with her husband) that was really popular in the early 2000's entitled The Animorph Series. I hope some of you do because those books were among my best of friends when I was 10 til the time I was 12 years old. Katherine Applegate is one of those iconic writers from my childhood so when I saw that she had written a new novel albeit with her husband I had to request it from NetGalley regardless of what it was going to be about I knew I had to have it.

    Luckily, the publisher granted me approval and the same day I got my ARC I had read and finished the book in a matter of hours. Hours that had me neglecting poor Mr. Turning the Pages. That's right ladies and gents. The book was that good seriously.

    Right off the bat I was hooked. I love a good book where there are genetically engineered characters. Evening is one of my favourite characters of the year. I loved how smart she was and her take charge personality. Plus I loved that even though she came from money, and had a mother with some major control issues and a type A personality that she was very mellow to a certain extent. Mostly we see this as she interacts with her best friend Aislin who has some issues of her own. You can tell that when Evening loves and cares about someone that she loves hard. Even if it means putting herself in danger.

    What really surprised me about the novel was how well developed the plot was. I liked that the big thing (You have to read the book to find out what it is because I am so not spoiling that for you) didn't happen right away. Even though the book starts off pretty dramatically it didn't really slow down all that much which I loved. The fact that Evening is so smart and she's an artist really endeared her to me because she wasn't the typical cold hearted braniac (We'll reserve that title for her mother who does love her daughter very much in her own way).

    The book was very action packed and there was a lot of twists and turns and Solo was one of the biggest mysteries until the very end. I really enjoyed that there was some romance between Evening and him but it wasn't over done and it was absolutely not a case of the dreaded insta love.

    After all the hullabalooh, of the first bit of the book or so we're introduced to Adam whom, in a roundabout way is how the reader starts to learn about the genetic mutations being carried out at Evening's mother's laboratory and the story behing Eve's own existence comes to light as well.

    When all is said and done this was a fantastic novel, and one of my favourite books of 2012 both in the YA category and the overall category. I really loved it and I highly recommend this one to everyone. It was a great novel and I enjoyed how the authors wrote it and the character development was spot on. I can't wait for the nect book in this series to come out but seeing as how the book was just published I may be in for a longish wait. In that case I think I'll read some of Grant's and Applegate's other books. Go buy this book people!


    * I received a free copy of this book from the published via NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Anonymous333 ; )

    It's only 193 very quick pages but the authors have beautiful technique. It is almost poem like in its tranquility and likeness to actual thoughts and feelings. I enjoyed it differently than I expected but it is an overall amazing story, I hope there is more.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    GREAT BOOK!!!!!

    The book title may have you thinking of something else, but if your looking for a book that will pull you in this book is a good choice. The main character is Evening Spiker. She gets in a terrible accident which injurs her leg tremendously. Her mom runs a bio tech company. To find out more get the book!!!!
    -A.S.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2014

    Hmm¿ Girl creates boy¿ There is so much potential in those words

    Hmm… Girl creates boy… There is so much potential in those words. And let’s admit it, we all probably contemplated our perfect partners at some point in our lives. Eve and Adam brings the idea to life beautifully, combining it with a wonderful science fiction version of Adam and Eve. I was so easily swept away by its pages that I even forgot to read the book for my college discussion course. Oops.

    First off, other than loving the whole concept, I loved the dual point-of-view between the two main characters. Eve reminded me of me when I was in high school: shy; a loner; science geek; loyal friend; kind of rough on the outside at first, but a marshmallow on the inside. Yeah, I saw a lot of me in this one. The only difference was she got the chance to genetically build Adam! The perfect man! Apparently, one hot, perfect man! Okay, yeah, kind of jealous.

    Yet the best character, in my opinion, was Solo. He was an intriguing character: the typical, laid back California boy. But he was also very cunning, and even though he lived in a laboratory for most of his life, he was very street savvy as well. Two traits I always love in a character.

    However, what really made this book was the wicked twists and turns in the last several chapters. OMG, they were freakin’ awesome! And the best part, I never saw them coming!

    So, what is perfect? I wouldn’t really know. I gave up trying to find it out a long time ago. I would say, though, Eve and Adam is the perfect read. It’s quick, it’s fun, and it’s exciting. I would highly recommend adding it to your wish lists.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

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    I wavered back and forth when it came to reading this one. The

    I wavered back and forth when it came to reading this one. There was something that both intrigued me and repelled me when it came to concept behind this book. I decided to go for and was pleasantly surprised.

    Eve was an interesting character. She had very little relationship with her mother. And with the little dealing we see of them together in the beginning, it's not hard to understand why. Her mother seems cold and calculating and Eve seems just the opposite. When the accident puts them in close proximity to one another for an extended amount of time, it no wonder that they start to but heads. In hindsight, I wonder what the true purpose was behind having Eve create Adam?

    It was interesting to watch Eve create Adam. I can't imagine that it would be easy to create a "perfect" person. Everyone's idea are different when it comes to those attributes. And Eve can't know exactly what she wants. She may think she does, but the reality of the matter is that she can't. That was my major problem with this story even before I read it, which I flowed over into my actual enjoyment of the book. It dealt with a matter I have a hard time thinking about, the idea that our advancement in science may lead to the very act of "playing god."

    The good news is that Eve quickly discovers that her Adam isn't quite as perfect as she had imagined. Turns out a flesh and blood person with flaws in way more interesting. I"m extremely happy that the story played out that way. I would have been highly disappointed and frustrated if it had gone any other way.

    Overall an average book. It had its up and downs. If you don't mind that idea of created humans, you might enjoy this more that I did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Bacon

    How long is the book?

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Quick and Fun

    I really loved the book. I reccomend it. I wish it were longer because I also felt like some things could be elaborated on near the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    This book was a good, quick read. The premise of this book was q

    This book was a good, quick read. The premise of this book was quite interesting, and the plot was executed very well. The storyline is compelling, and the characters are unique and likable. I also like the way the romance subplot in this book was not overwhelming, as is the way it goes in so many young adult books these days. Instead, in this book, the romance was an embellishment to the story, and did not consume it. The development of the main relationship in this book was also quite well-done.
    My only negative comment is that I think the ending could have been written better. I feel it was a little rushed, and it left me feeling confused. I think this book would've made more sense if it was a tad longer.
    If you like this book, I recommend reading The Adoration of Jenna Fox (which involves genetic experiments, like this book does), or The Compound (which reminds me of this book because of the crazy, controlling parent).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Really Amazing Book

    Eve And Adam is one of my favorite books of all time! A definite must-read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    A MUST READ!!!

    Amazing! I really wish that this was a series.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Best book ever!!!!!!

    I could literally not put this book down. It was sooooooooooo good! One night i was supposed to go to sleep at 9 and i ended up going to bed at 11 cuz this book was soooo good! Trust me its not a waste of money at all!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Totally Twisted

    Even my two-year old cousin admitted it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Good book

    Eve gets hit by a car and then saves the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Simple review from Grace :)

    Hi I'm Grace,

    Trust me If you like science fiction and romance comedy, this may be the book for you. I know i may not be some "amazing editor reviewer" and happen to be a younger, but this book is pretty good. Yes it may cost some, and you might not be sure about if its a good book. Tak the chance and prepare for a excellent adventure only your eyes and mind can enjoy. ;)

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

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    And girl created boy . . . With that tag line, a lot of us are

    And girl created boy . . .

    With that tag line, a lot of us are distracted physically, BUT there is so much more to creating a flawless
    human being when we consider the semantics of the "Big Brain"--- and how Iit shapes who we are and how we
    relate to ourselves and other people.  While creating her version of "Adam", Eve finds herself asking questions that we still ponder today: Is there beauty in awkwardness, are we a product of our environment, DNA or both?  How much do our experiences play a role in building our intellect?  Are some people destined to elf-destruct because they are just a bad seed?  Does love override ethical issues?  How far medically are we willing to go achieve the perfect huma race?  Eve comes to a startling realization about herself while working on the "Adam Project".  Will she forsake herself, loved ones and truth for her perfect boy creation?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Adam and Eve book was ok not my thing.

    Adam and Eve book ok not my thing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Damien

    God give shade new life i begg of you!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2013

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    I first picked up Eve & Adam because it's by Michael Grant.

    I first picked up Eve & Adam because it's by Michael Grant. I really like his Gone series, so I figured I'd check out this book. [Side note here, after checking out Katherine Applegate on Goodreads, I saw she wrote the Animorphs books. While I read many of these as a kid, I don't remember them enough to recall if she's a good author or not. Unfortunately, I haven't read anything else of hers.] I also read the summary and checked out the (mixed) reviews on Goodreads before reading the book. Even after all that, I was still really excited to read this book.

    I can say, without a doubt, I really enjoyed Eve & Adam.

    It's a book that makes you think a little bit while still remaining a bit fluffy. While the name might indicate something religious, it's not even approached in the book. I'm actually thankful for that. I was a bit skeptical to read a sci-fi book that might mix with religion. I figure there's too many ways that can go wrong and produce a bad book.

    Eve & Adam is unlike any book I've read before. The plot was original and creative. While the book is a sci-fi novel, it's not too much. It's just the right amount of sci-fi and love story to create a really good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Good but..

    Very interesting but only age appropriate for adults
    Inappropriate language, body themes, drinking, texting and driving, and criminal behavior

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Awesome

    So far, I am thoroughly enjoying this book. I got it just before Christmas, and I gave it to one of my daughter's friends. The cover is really cool, and the title is certainly intriguing. I think I read the cover notes, and I know I've heard of both authors, so I have high hopes that this will be a fun read once I get the book back. I highly recommend it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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