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Oct 09 2012

Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

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Egmont, 2012. ISBN 9781405264341.
(Age: 13+) After Evening has a horrific accident, she is taken into intensive care in the research facility called Spiker Biopharm, run by her mother, Terra Spiker. There she meets the mysterious Solo, a young employee who was partially raised by her mother. To prevent boredom, her mother gives her a task: test out a new piece of software that creates a virtual person. Evening becomes increasingly fascinated with creating her own man, but everything is not as it seems . . .
Michael Grant (writer of the excellent Gone series) has a knack for writing stories that really manage to connect with the teenage audience. Eve and Adam is no different. It's easy to see the appeal, from the thriller and romance elements of the plot, to the fast-paced writing and modern style. The book is divided about evenly between Eve's side of the story and Solo's side of the story, enabling a good level of change to keep the story moving fluidly, rather than having the whole novel simply revolving around one person. It helps to keep the pace going. Having two authors co-write this novel - Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate - was a good idea as well. When it's from the perspective of another character, it helps show the differences and gives each of them a singular 'voice', so none of the characters sound exactly like the same person. The plot is interesting, to say the least, and very original. It's simply a very good, although not brilliant, young adult novel.
Fast-paced, clever and original, this is a solid, interesting read
Rebecca Adams (Student)

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