Author(s): Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant
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?
Pros: Okay, so, I really, really loved this book. And that surprised me. When I saw the whole ‘and girl created boy…’ tagline I thought, “Dagnabbit, it’s going to be some sort of ultra-feminist thing and just ick.” It wasn’t. In fact, I LOVED the heroine. The chapters in her POV were hilarious. She had a great sense of humor, she was feisty, she was smart but not supernaturally so, and she’s probably my favorite female main character in a long time. Solo’s POV was awesome as well. He had a dry sense of humor and he was very clever. Adam’s POV, though it doesn’t show up until much later in the novel, fits his character perfectly. There were a lot of moral questions raised in this book, and I was happy that the characters I was rooting for were really trying their best to do the right thing, even if it meant danger to themselves. An abusive relationship is ended. Friendship and family ties are strong themes.
Cons: …There was a leeetle bit of insta-love. However, since there were extenuating circumstances all around, I’m not going to complain nearly as much about it as I do with other novels. The language was mild (the ‘b’ word is used quite a few times and a few other swear words are scattered around the novel. Eve tries at one point to tell someone to ‘eff off’ but she can’t form the letter ‘f’ with a tube in her mouth so it comes out as a grunt). There was sexual tension between several of the characters, but not ‘overly’ so. Several kisses, mildly graphic. Eve’s best friend, as loyal and good a character as she may be, can hardly say anything without a double entendre. Eve and her best friend, while creating Adam, spend a bit of time wondering what to do about certain ‘parts.’ Eve is embarrassed about it, but her best friend is certainly not. Experiments are discovered that may disturb younger readers. The violence is pretty mild and non-graphic.
So. This book kept me up well past midnight because I couldn’t sleep until I knew how it ended. It’s been a while since a book did that to me – Starters did, but not to this extent. Though it looks like a lot of cons up there, for older readers most of them won’t be an issue. The book was clever, intelligent, well-written, fast-paced, hilarious, and thought-provoking – but there are a few bumps in the road. I was not impressed with Michael Grant’s ‘Gone’ series, or the Animorph series by Katherine Applegate – but this book sucked me into the first page and didn’t let me out until the very end.
Stars: 5 out of 5
Ages: mature 15+