Eve and Adam

Eve and Adam

by Katherine Applegate, Michael Grant

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312583514
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Series: Eve and Adam Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 636,473
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.05(d)
Lexile: HL560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

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

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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Eve and Adam 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
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
KKetch More than 1 year ago
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.
NeonStars More than 1 year ago
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).
pagese More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I fell in love in the first chapter!
Anonymous 7 months ago
This story takes the reader on a ride through a world of twists and turns while never leaving humanity behind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lost interest near the end it was so predictable that my friend who i was telling the book about, figured out the ending before i even finished the seventh chapter, three stars because i liked the begining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the main character The plot was awesome Book was well written And there were no stupid cheesy parts like in most teen novels
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eve And Adam is one of my favorite books of all time! A definite must-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I really wish that this was a series.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Eve gets hit by a car and then saves the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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BookAffair More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adam and Eve book ok not my thing.
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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.
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God give shade new life i begg of you!!!!!!!