This was a super quick read, so if it intrigues you at all I encourage you to pick it up. It really isn’t going to cost you much (in time, I mean) and the cover is rather gorgeous.
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 liked the setting in this one. And I enjoyed the way the characters interacted with one another and had a good balance. There was always some sort of tension going on.
Thinking back on it, I remember enjoying the book, I read it in one sitting, but now all I can think of are my criticisms. Mostly how it felt like two completely different books mushed together. One, a teen romance about a girl realizing there is no such thing as the “perfect” guy. All human beings are flawed and the people you are attracted to will never be “perfect.” And another book about an evil medical corporation playing God and the morality of genetic manipulation.
Sometimes the smooshing together of the ideas worked and sometimes it really, really didn’t. Like at the end when the main characters are on the run from said evil corporation, I just don’t think they’d be as worried about their romantic lives as they were. And, sadly, this took me out of enjoying the ending of the plot as much as I wanted to.
I did really enjoy Solo’s point of view. I enjoyed how he was a mystery that was given to us slowly and it took a while before we knew where his loyalties were. His dynamic with Eve’s mother was very interesting. She was this person that he hated but at the same, she’d given him all that he had. Not that he wouldn’t have preferred things turned out differently but…I don’t know, those two just had a strange dynamic of hatred and guilt yet they were tied together for years and years.
This review is kind of all over the place but honestly I’m just not sure how I felt about this book. It was at time slow and at time rushed and at times the pacing fine. Sometimes it was predictable and sometimes it was completely out of the blue. Will I read the second one? Probably. Though, only because I am intrigued by Solo and I want to see where his story line goes. I do not feel terribly attached to any of the other characters.
I will say, I do think the cover is gorgeous.