Monday, February 25, 2013

Book Club Discussion: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Provisions and Paperbacks, my IRL book club, recently read Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate. As I said in my previous post (you can read it here), I want to share some thoughts and ideas brought up during the book club and bring my blog readers into the discussion.

Not yet, but there will be spoilers. You have been warned.

Eve and Adam  
by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Published October 2, 2012

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?

There will be spoilers. You have been warned.

Here are some thoughts shared during our book club discussion after reading Eve and Adam:
  • Eve and Adam didn't receive much love from the book clubbers. It wasn't a complete disappointment but it wasn't as thrilling as some anticipated. The book clubber who selected Eve and Adam was expecting something along the lines of Cinder - cyborgs, more science-fiction and more action.
  • I was pleased that it wasn't as emotionally draining as The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Eve and Adam could have gone that way, but didn't. After reading it, I found that it was intended to be more of a romantic comedy. There were moments of comedy which I thought helped keep the story interesting.
  • The names were significant. Evening, aka E.V., but only Solo called her "Eve". Solo was set in his plan to expose the research facility, but once he finally met Eve, he wasn't so sure. She wasn't his temptation, but she was his persuasion. (Is there a difference?) Adam - obvious, he was the first (but was he). And Solo - the only one. 
  • There was a character who we all loved to hate - Maddox - he was a total loser and cheered for him to die (because we're mean and heartless like that) and he wasn't even the real villain of the story. He just kept making dumb decisions and put the life of E.V.'s friend, Aislinn, in danger.
  • There is a huge disconnect between E.V. and her mother and you easily accept that she is as evil as Solo is convinced she is. She's cold and calculating and all business. You never doubt that she is the evil person (until you learn that she isn't).
  • We wanted to know more about the history of the parents (E.V.'s and Solo's) - they were all in business together - scientists, but we wanted to know the specifics of conversations, arguments, and wished for an eye-witness account of what happened on the night of the terrible car crash. 
  • The story starts out with Eve texting on her phone, not paying attention, and she walks out in front of a car and is hit. This is pretty tragic (I mean her leg was broken off) but not much else is said about the specifics of the accident after it happened.    
  • Aislinn's quick turn-around of emotions from being very forward (with Solo) to turning into the shyest girl ever (with Adam) seemed too abrupt and out of character. What was it about Adam that made her bashful?
  • Once the "Big Reveal" happened, I was so afraid the Solo was going to be a creation just like Adam was. I was relieved to learn that he wasn't, but you never were too sure once your find out what the research facility was all about.
  • AND speaking of the big reveal - one of my biggest pet peeves is when the villain explains his intentions and all of the plans and talks about how he did everything and why. I want the characters to discover IT ALL. 
  • Eve and Adam ends with many things left unresolved and could potentially be a sequel, but it probably isn't a story that we would continue reading for book club. Instead we created our own story lines of what happened next. 
  • While it wasn't a much loved selection, it was fun to talk about.
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I'd like to invite anyone to join in on the discussion and share your thoughts on Eve and Adam!! Just leave your thoughts in the comments! Thanks

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