An apple, a car crash, a hopelessly mangled leg — and Evening Spiker is wandering around her mother’s biopharmaceutical research facility. Fun, right? Until Eve starts work on a project: Create the perfect man. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Secrets surrounding her mother’s work start unravelling into her lap — one of them is the intriguing presence of a strange boy called Solo. Plus there are the complications of creating the perfect guy in the detailed stimulation program (designed to teach human genetics). How should he look? What are his personality traits? How much perfect is too much perfect? But it’s just a stimulation. Right? Right…?
I have a secret weakness for dystopian.
It’s cool, okay? So after crunching my way through novels such as Matched, Starters, Legend, Divergent (and countless, countless others), I’m looking for something a little…different. Eve and Adam looked the perfect remedy. And with a cover like that, who wouldn’t pick it up?
Without hesitation, I say it’s a good book. It’s well written, with a quirky voice you can’t argue with. Co-authoring seems like tricky business, but these two writers (Grant and Applegate) have voices that flow seamlessly together. It’s fun, exciting, descriptive without being overbearing, and the characters are alive! But the ending… Hm. The ending is a graceful nosedive into nothingness.
It feels to me like the authors met their word count goal, so they abruptly wrapped everything up.
Oh there are clever twists at the end, and I mean really clever. I was happily surprised (I hate cliché villains, and this book is not guilty of that), and enjoyed myself until the last page, but I couldn’t help wondering how, in the last 50 pages, things could move so fast, emotions could change in a blink, and everything could work out okay. What happened to the “unfairness of life”? Everyone loves a happy ending…except for, perhaps, me. (I like a happy ending as long as it’s not satisfying, okay?)
The characters are amazing.
You don’t read this kind of fresh, zippy voice everyday! I understood Evening (nicknamed E.V. or Eve), I liked her, and I felt for her. Solo is harder to find common ground with and his attitude felt wobbly at the beginning, but at the end I liked him. Adam is…perfect. And Eve’s best friend, Aislin? Now there is a well rounded character. Usually, with a secondary character like Aislin, the main character (Eve) would be drowned. But both stood well on their own and together and I am thoroughly impressed.
The plot is tight.
The book is well written and impossible to put down (I finished in 2 days) and original. The questions asked are needful and thought provoking. But at the end I found myself with the sour tasting question of, “Um, so that’s it?”