Friday, December 7, 2012
Authors: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Released: October 02, 2012
Page #: 291
Source: ARC from the publisher
"In the beginning, there was an apple.
And then there was a car crash, a horrible, debilitating injury, and the hospital. But before Evening Spiker could even lift her head out of the fog of unconsciousness, there was a strange boy checking her out of the hospital and rushing her to Spike Biopharmaceuticals - her mother's research facility. 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 that her mother claims is designed to teach human genetics, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up: eyes, hair, muscles, even a brain, and potential personality traits. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won't he?"
First Lines: (quote from ARC, subject to change)
"I am thinking of an apple when the streetcar hits and my leg severs and my ribs crumble and my arm is no longer an arm but something unrecognizable, wet and red.
One hell of a first line, isn't it? I was given this book a couple of months ago. And in retrospect, I should have read it immediately. It actually took me very little time to read through it - mostly because I was so pulled in. Had to find out what happened!
Evening is hit by a street car - a brutal accident. She was basically crushed and lost a leg. But her mother runs a biopharm organization and is a pro at genetics and medical research. Soon, Evening is healed and playing with some of her mom's toys... well, building the perfect guy. But soon she finds out that there is more to this simulation than she thought.
I think one of my favorite characters in this story is Solo. He is all mysterious and Evening has no idea who he is or where he's come from. His story builds throughout the book - and into something you wouldn't have expected. He is looking for a way to take down Evening's mother. She is doing immoral things and he blames her for the death of his parents.
Evening's best friend is a bit of a conundrum. Well, I know that opposites attract and all that, but she seems to be a way out-there character. Much more than need be. Though, I know people sort of like her and I couldn't handle it. No patience :). Aislin is the one who does instigate most of the dramatics, so you have to have her... and I wouldn't change her. And I cannot say what happens in the end, but I look forward to seeing where her character goes next.
Truly, I really enjoyed this book. I have been in a reading funk for a little while and I am hoping this has broken me out of it. It's got adventure, love, a bit of sci fi, and crazy friend drama. Couldn't ask for more, right? And yes, it is sort of sci fi. You're dealing with genetics and experimentation. So yes... science. fiction. But don't be scared off if that isn't your thing. There's much more to offer than that.
I honestly would recommend this book to just about anyone. Some probably won't enjoy the alternating viewpoints, but that really works to give you the full story. It's a great adventure and it was sort of unassuming. At least, for me. I will definitely pick up another book about the next stage for these characters. It's a fun, quick book and I am totally a fan.
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