Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 2, 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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
“In the beginning there was an apple–” Which, based on the cover image, happened to be a very high-tech kind of apple. And the story itself reflected that high-tech kind of vibe. After Evening (E.V. or Eve for short) gets into a car accident she is moved from a regular old hospital to the high-tech research facility run by her mother, where she is given her the simple task of creating the perfect boy to keep her occupied.
Of course, with the high-tech apple on the cover, I expected something either more futuristic or more dystopian, yet it wasn’t. If anything it was entirely possible to believe that it was happening during current times, making it a thrilling thing to read.
Eve is a strong female character for most of the book, though she falls into the standard trap later on of being a sucker for a pretty face.
On the other hand, her best friend is subject to a lot of slut shaming from pretty much everyone in the novel. First it’s just Eve’s mom, but then Solo starts, and eventually even Eve throws out some slut shaming remarks to her friend. And yet I thought she was one of the most interesting characters because she goes from being this flaky girl on the surface to one of the strongest, even if it’s not immediately obvious.
Solo is our romantic male lead, and he definitely lives up to the stereotype. He’s a conceited arrogant boy who immediately assumes that Eve is going to check him out. He’s also smarter than almost anyone else in the novel (we’re told as much many times), and has an agenda of his own.
Yet for my many issues with the main characters, I found that I did like the book. It wasn’t as simple to figure out as I had expected, although some things were obvious, but there were enough twists to keep me on my toes. The writing itself was simple enough for the average teenager to be able to read without any troubles, but not overly simplistic.
The book has a fast enough pace to keep you reading along, and while I tagged this as science fiction, the science isn’t overwhelming in the slightest. It’s explained really well when it needs to be without it coming across as a lesson, which I find very important when reading science fiction!