Eve & Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

Eve & Adam, Book 1

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible.

While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything… until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.

Review: I was quite surprised by this novel as I did not expect that at all. This is a rather original way to reclaim the myth of Adam and Eve.

Evening is a girl like any other until the accident that completely changed everything in her life. Indeed her leg was completely damaged and destroyed during this event and the doctors do not know what they can do to really help her. Therefore, her mother decides to take Evening in the genetic center she runs with an iron hand. Our young heroine never really asked any questions in relation to the work of her mother, or even about what people thought of her. But this intrusion into her professional life will change her way of thinking. Indeed, she meets Solo, a young boy about her age who works here and who seems to be under the tutelage of her mother … This young man has only one goal, to make EmmaRose fall, and to destroy her life as she destroyed his parents’. But when he begins to fall slowly in love with Evening, everything gets complicated and his mission is questioned. Meanwhile, our young heroine occupies herself as best as she can and her mother leaves her in charge of a project. To Create the perfect man on computer, create Adam, as she imagines him.

It was a quite intriguing book, even if it’s not very extraordinary. The story is fairly common and predictable, but it’s also nice to read it. It must be said that the book is not very long in reality. However, I was very curious to find out more about Adam, to see about his creation and the character he would be. Solo and Evening are two characters fun to discover and I wondered what would become of them in the end. However, I was a little surprised by the revelations about Evening and Solo’s parents at the end of the book, and I found that the turnaround had been well chosen.

So it’s a nice book without unpretentious. Not something that will really mark me but it was interesting to see a retelling about Adam and Eve.


Projet Adam de Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

Eve & Adam, Tome 1

Résumé : Après un terrible accident de voiture, Eve, 16 ans, est soignée dans le complexe médical de sa mère, la très puissante généticienne Terra Spiker. Pour éviter qu’elle ne s’ennuie, Terra propose à sa fille une étrange activité : créer le garçon parfait, grâce à un programme de simulation génétique qu’elle vient de mettre au point. Eve se prend au jeu et imagine alors le garçon idéal : Adam. Mais grâce à Solo, jeune et séduisant employé de sa mère, Eve découvre que Spiker Biotech couvre en vérité les projets scientifiques les plus douteux.
Terra est-elle responsable des expériences interdites qui se déroulent dans ses laboratoires ? Eve aimerait bien le savoir, et Solo semble prêt à tout pour l’aider. Mais l’aventure va prendre un tour inattendu lorsque l’Adam imaginé par Eve viendra s’en mêler. En chair et en os…

Avis : J’ai été assez surprise par ce roman, je ne m’attendais pas du tout à ça. C’est une façon assez originale de se réapproprier le mythe d’Adam et Eve.

Evening est une jeune fille comme toutes les autres jusqu’à cet accident qui va complètement chambouler sa vie. En effet sa jambe est complètement abimée et détruite lors de cet événement et les médecins ne savent pas ce qu’ils peuvent faire pour vraiment l’aider. Dès lors, sa mère décide d’emmener Evening dans le centre de génétique qu’elle dirige d’une main de fer. Notre jeune héroïne ne s’était jamais vraiment posé de questions par rapport au travail de sa mère, ni même sur ce que les gens pensaient d’elle. Mais cette intrusion dans sa vie professionnelle, va changer sa façon de penser. En effet, elle y rencontre Solo, un jeune garçon de son âge qui travaille ici et qui semble être sous la tutelle de sa mère… Ce jeune homme n’a qu’un seul but, faire tomber EmmaRose, et détruire sa vie comme elle a détruit celle de ses parents. Mais quand il commence à tomber petit à petit sous le charme d’Evening, tout se complique et sa mission est remise en question. Pendant ce temps, notre jeune héroïne s’occupe comme elle peut et sa mère l’a laissé en charge d’un projet de son équipe. Créer l’homme parfait sur ordinateur, créer Adam, comme elle l’imagine.

C’était assez intrigant comme livre, bon ce n’est pas non plus très extraordinaire. L’histoire est assez commune et prévisible mais c’est aussi agréable de la lire. Il faut dire que le livre n’est pas en réalité très long. J’étais cependant très curieuse de découvrir Adam à la fin de sa réalisation et de voir comment il serait. Solo et Evening sont deux personnages que l’on prend plaisir à découvrir et je me demandais ce qu’il adviendrait d’eux au final. On reste cependant un peu surpris par les révélations au sujet des parents d’Evening et de Solo en fin de livre et j’ai trouvé que le retournement de situation avait été bien choisi.

C’est donc un livre agréable à lire sans prise de tête et sans prétention.  Pas quelque chose qui me marquera vraiment mais c’était intéressant de découvrir une reprise d’Adam et Eve.



Stacking the Shelves #26


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 Leashing the Tempest (Arcadia Bell, 2.5) – Jenn Bennett

Dating a demon, defeating evil, running a tiki bar: Arcadia Bell is a great occult mage in many respects. But then there’s the challenge of her boyfriend’s precocious teenage son…

Arcadia “Cady” Bell may have saved the Hellfire Club’s children from a local bogeyman, but she and her Earthbound demon boyfriend, Lon Butler, now face a more disturbing problem: his teenage son’s new demonic abilities. Jupe Butler can persuade you to do anything—or so he thinks. To test the limits of his newfound power, Cady invites the co-owner of Tambuku Tiki Lounge to be the teen’s guinea pig during an afternoon boat cruise. But when an angry storm whips the Pacific into a frenzy and Jupe puts them all in serious danger, will Cady’s magick trump a teenager’s excess confidence?

 Minions (A vampire Huntress Legend, 1) – L.A. Banks

All Damali Richards ever wanted to do was create music and bring it to the people. Now she is a spoken word artist and the top act for Warriors of Light Records. But come nightfall, she hunts vampires and demons – predators that people tend to dismiss as myth or fantasy. Damali and her Guardian team cannot afford such delusions, especially now, when a group of rogue vampires has been killing the artists of Warriors of Light and their rival, Blood Music.

When strange attacks erupt within the club drug-trafficking network and draw the attention of the police, Damali realizes these killings are a bit out of the ordinary, even for vampires. Instead of neat puncture marks in the neck showing where the blood has been drained from the body, these corpses are mutilated beyond recognition, indicating a blood lust and thirst for destruction that surpasses any Damali has encountered before. Soon she discovers that behind these brutal murders is the most powerful vampire Damali has ever met – a seductive beast who is coming for her next…

 Double Cross (Disillusionists trylogy, 2) – Carolyn Crane


Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.

But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will. 

As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.

Black Lament (Black Wings, 4) – Christina Henry
As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black deals with loss every day. But when tragedy touches her own life, Maddy will have to find the strength within to carry on…

Devastated and grieving, Maddy unexpectedly finds hope with the discovery that she is pregnant. But Maddy’s joy is short lived when Lucifer informs her that he wants the baby, hoping to draw on the combined power of two of his bloodlines. Maddy is determined that her grandfather will never have her child, but she’s not sure what she can do to stop him.

Being pregnant is stressful enough, but Maddy suddenly finds herself at odds with the Agency—forbidden from meddling in the affairs of the supernatural courts. When a few of her soul collections go awry, Maddy begins to suspect that the Agency wants to terminate her employment. They should know by now that she isn’t the sort to give up without a fight…

 Eve & Adam – Michael Grant / Katherine Applegate

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?