Eve and Adam

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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 ...

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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.

School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 8 Up—When she wakes up amidst tubes and lines in a hospital room, Evening (Eve) realizes that the last thing she can remember seconds before the horrible crash was that she was looking at an exceptionally crimson apple that stood out in a vendor's shop among an array of average looking fruit. Eve survives her debilitating injuries, but before she can fully regain consciousness, her mother arranges to have her transported to her own research facility—Spiker Biopharmaceuticals. While Eve is recuperating, she meets a mysterious boy about her own age and tries to learn who he really is and what his job is at her mother's facility. At the same time, she's also trying to cope with her mother's demands that keep her in isolation. Eve is desperate to maintain communication with her best friend Aislin, and her mother eventually relents—but only if Eve agrees to work on a genetic project. Listeners will enjoy the present-day sci-fi plot (Feiwel & Friends, 2012) because of its fast pace and twists and the intrigue of Eve's creation of the "perfect" human, who she names Adam. Revelations occur quickly, making this a great book for reluctant readers. Narrators Jenna Lamia (Eve) and Holter Graham (Solo) read alternating chapters, bringing these fascinating characters to life and creating a promising love interest. A not-to-be-missed, edgy sci-fi story.—Sheila Acosta, Cody Library, San Antonio, TX
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.)
From the Publisher
“. . . 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

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: 9781427226631
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 6
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Grant

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.

Holter Graham, winner of AudioFile’s 2008 Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron, is a stage, television, and screen actor. He has recorded numerous audiobooks, including much of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s bestselling Dark-Hunter series. The winner of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has also read works by Scott Turow, Dean Koontz, C. J. Box, and Stephen Frey.

Jenna Lamia is the acclaimed narrator of Mary E. Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox, which won a YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults award, and Carol Lynch Williams's The Chosen One, for which Jenna received the 2010 solo narration (female) Audie Award. 

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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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Reading Group Guide

1. Eve's mother asks her to create the perfect boy. What characteristics would you give to the perfect boy or girl?

2. Aislin's boyfriend is a drug dealer, and when he gets in trouble she goes to Eve for help. What would you have done in Eve's place? In Aislin's?

3. Solo has worked for years to expose Terra, but now that he has proof, revealing it could hurt Eve, whom he likes. Do you agree with the choices he made?

4. Eve & Adam was originally inspired by the story of Adam and Eve from the Bible. Can you find the similarities? What do you think about the changes the authors made?

5. Eve's viewpoint was written by Katherine Applegate, while Solo's chapters were written by her husband, Michael Grant. How do you think this duel perspective affected the story? Is it stronger with the two different viewpoints? Could this story have been told from just one perspective?

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  • Posted August 14, 2014

    This was another book I wasn't wowed by, but that I really wante

    This was another book I wasn't wowed by, but that I really wanted to like because that cover is just beautiful. Sadly, I didn't really feel either way for the book, but if I had to choose, I would say that I did like. Not really feeling either way for it make it a little trickier to write, I really wanted to like it, but it feel short of expectations.

    I felt that it was really interesting how Evening and her mothers organization seemed to be interested in playing god. The whole assignment that Evening was given was to create her perfect guy while she healed from a really bad injury. I really liked that the spiker organization decided to try to play god and test the limits of science, but at the same time, they made some really scary things.

    I didn't really like Eve or Solo who was put in the book to be her love interest/guy that just messes everything up. It felt so outlandish that he was there trying to destroy the organization, and was super good at all these tech things. It felt so out of place, like the authors were looking for an excuse to create the drama in this book.

    Actually, I felt like this entire book was really random, it had a plot and then I feel like they were like "BUT WHAT IF WE ADD DRUG DEALERS?!" and then they did, and then Eve was asking her mother for thousands of dollars to save her friend, Aislin's boyfriends life, and trust me, he was so not worth saving. That entire plot line felt so random.

    The love triangle in this book also seemed to happen for 29 seconds and then it was resolved in 2 seconds. I was glad that it wasn't really there, but there was a pretty serious case of Insta-love with Eve and Solo. I can't remember if they said I love you, but I'm going to go with no because I'm sure I would have been noticeably aggrivated if they had. I still felt that their attraction was based on nothing and moved too quick.

    Goodness, writing this review made me like this book so much less, which is unfortunate. I don't think I'll be reading book two unless it finds its way into my TBR pile.

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