Review: Eve & Adam

Eve & AdamEve & Adam by Michael Grant

Feiwel & Friends (2012)

ISBN 9780312583514

Set in present day, this is a great story of a girl (Eve) who is nearly killed in a car crash but because her emotionally distant mother runs one of the most exclusive biotech research and treatment centers in the world, Eve is brough there to be surgically mended and cared for. As her condition improves, Eve is assigned a project to keep her occupied: build a boy. With vivid descriptions and intriguing ethical and practical obstacles, we watch as Eve creates the “perfect” boy. Should he be smart or funny? Should he be athletic or intelligent? Can he be everything or will some things cancel out others? It is a discussion-starter for sure and readers will want to talk about the themes in this story. A good pairing with Frankenstein.

This is science fiction – teen style. Short chapters and shallow characters might get tedious but because the book is short, it reads very quickly. There are only a few other characters in this story: Solo, a boy who has lived with Eve’s mother at the biotech facility all of his life, and Eve’s best friend Aislin who is described as a slutty girl with a drug dealing boyfriend. Neither of these characters adds much, although Solo and Eve have an antagonistic relationship that makes for witty and sharp dialog.

Quantitative: Lexile Level:560; ATOS 3.9

Qualitative: Middle Grades (6-8) and up. This book is considered “High-Low” for use with older students who may have a lower reading ability. It is a high interest subject and the characters will appeal to older readers.

Content Area: English; Science – Biology

Common Core Standards: RL.8.3, RL.8.9

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