Author: Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate.
Published: October 2nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
And girl created boy…
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?
I’m not sure how and why I finished this book. It gave me many feelings, but not the right ones. Instead of feeling connected to the characters and excited about the sci-fi elements, I was frustrated, annoyed and I couldn’t care less what would happen to any of them. There was a twist I liked and it was a quick book, but that’s all. I’ll be using many quotes to illustrate the dumb and irritating characters, so be aware of my rant. I hardly rate books with 1 flowers, but this..
Everyone should have flaws. Isn’t that what makes us interesting? Isn’t that what keeps us from just being carbon copies of each other? (quote book)
The beginning was not bad. We are introduced to Evening (who goes by E.V among friends) who is horrible injured after a car crash. Her mother transports her to her own research facility. Eve’s mother is a billionaire with her ground-breaking research and Eve is interested in genetics. Her mother gives her the task to create her perfect boy with a new software program. Solo lives in the facility after his parents both died in a car accident. He hates Eve’s mother and he is planning to bring her down with horrible information, but things are not always what they seem.
The chapters are divided between Eve and Solo and I didn’t care for either of them. Eve is as dumb as a doornail. I guess her mother’s genes went to her appearance, because boy, I wanted to head desk many times. There were also situations where she is blind. I was mentally screaming the answer because it was so obvious.. It’s not strange to her that her leg is almost healed in four days. It was severed from her body, THAT’S NOT NORMAL. She is also very shallow:
”How can I date a guy named Tad? It’s a ridiculous name.”Imagine that! Not only that, I started to see what a horrible friend she really is. Yes, she offers Aislin help in the beginning, but quotes like these:
”Why do I love Aislin? Because with her whole life falling apart, she thinks about me. She still cares about me.”makes me doubt her intentions. For her, that’s what life and friendship is all about. You have to be the center of attention, no matter what. It’s not important that Aislin’s boyfriend just got shot or that the doctor tells her he probably won’t survive. No, it’s important that Aislin asks if you already banged with Solo.
Solo is also a perfect example of stupidity. Imagine this: Eve’s leg just got stitched together and Solo is in the ambulance to bring her to the facility. Her accident happened a couple of hours ago, she is in pain and under medication.
”I sit with my elbows on my knees, trying to hunch my shoulder forward a little. I have good shoulders, might as well reveal them. I know she’s checking me out. Fair enough, because I’m checking her out.”REALLY? But after she starts to moan and cry he imagines that he might be wrong.
This brings me to the no-surprise insta-love. Solo and Eve hardly see each other, they don’t talk that much and they still fall in love. And it’s disgusting, I mean:
”And there’s possible drool in the left corner of her mouth. Why do I find that kind of hot? Seriously. Sleep drool.”Uhm, YUCK? I guess we are not on the same page when it comes to ‘hot’. But I don’t think this is surprising after this distasteful scene:
”Tommy grins at me. He reaches out one finger and swipes the blood from my forehead. He sticks the finger in his mouth and licks it.”We are talking about a genius scientist here. I’m not sure what kind of creepy image these authors have of scientist, but this is just sick.
I loathed Eve’s mother. Being smart doesn’t have to make you cold and bitter. She likes to stick her nose in the air and I couldn’t tolerate her arrogance. She is especially good at criticizing everyone below her standards, like Eve’s friend Aislin.
”Pfff. Friends, plural?” My mother asks. “Since when do you have friends, plural? You have one friend and she’s a drunken slut.”Such a charming lady, huh?
There are some other things that bothered me, but I want this rant to end. I’m just going to say one more thing: the plot is thin. Nothing happens and at the end, we are thrown into a rushed ending where everything comes together. The twist was okay, but there is no time to think about it because it already ends. Like, out of nowhere.. Please, stay away from this book. Such a disappointment, because it had potential.