Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
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?
Eve (Evening or E.V. as she prefers to be called) is tasked by her mother to create a simulated person from scratch. She decides to make him her ideal young man. Meanwhile, her best friend is in an unhealthy relationship, creating a lot of drama in both of their lives. The only other person about her age at her mother’s research facility is Solo, a boy with a big grudge against her mother. The narration mostly jumps back and forth between Eve and Solo’s points of view. And I enjoyed the tension of Solo’s mission versus his growing feelings for Eve.
Despite the fantastic cover and the way the synopsis sounds, the science fiction element takes a backseat to the drama, romance, and teen angst. There is also an engaging mystery with a big twist that made for an exciting read. Fast-paced and captivating, Eve & Adam is a surprisingly charming tale with a bit of a predictable ending.