Audio Book Review: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate; Read by Jenna Lamia and Holter Graham

February 14, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★

 

Eve and Adam

Eve & Adam

by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate; Read by Jenna Lamia and Holter Graham

Genre: Science Fiction YA |
Excerpt: Yes Book Trailer:  Yes
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners; Unabridged edition (October 16, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1427226636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427226631

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing

Description

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?

Review

Did you see the 80’s comedy Weird Science? It was about a couple of teen guys who used a computer to create the perfect woman.  EVE AND ADAM is kind of the classier version flipped on its head.  Eve in this story isn’t a sex crazed teen goofing off, she’s a bright, funny girl whose mother happens to be a premier geneticist with a mega research company at her disposal. The creation of Adam is a thoughtful, methodical process that Eve undertakes at her mother’s behest in order to try out a new consumer friendly interface.  Eve has no idea that the program she is using is capable of bringing Adam to life.

Dual narrators for an audio book make me almost as nervous as dual authors do.  EVE AND ADAM has both and yet in both areas–the narration and the writing–the teamwork created something much stronger than an individual effort would have. Eve’s voice is very strong both in print and audibly.  She has a clear, but reserved sense of humor that made her eminently likeable.  Her approach to designing Adam was both appropriately youthful yet respectful.  The male point of views including Solo, the guy who works at her mother’s facility, and Adam were both just as fun to read.  Adam in particular had a fascinating voice given his programmed personality but total lack of life experience   I could have read an entire book just about him.  He was a little Kyle XY, if you ever saw the short lived TV series.

The ending was a tad chaotic, but not enough to hurt my enjoyment of this fun and thought provoking sci-fi YA.  I highly recommend experiencing this story in audiobook format even above the print version since Jenna and Holter bring these characters to life in a way that makes then even more real than the written word.

Series

N/A

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