Author: Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate Published: October 2nd 2012...
I expected a serious book but what I got was something…playful. What separates Eve and Adam from other dystopia/sci-fi books out there or from what I’ve read before was that it was written with such fun but not necessarily lacks depth. In my humble opinion I think it has concealed message out there, or at least I think it has… I think it really has.
And girl created boy…
Evening Spiker is kinda like Riiko Izawa of Zettai Kareshi (Absolute Boyfriend). In the manga Riiko orders a boy and customized him as she see fits—the attributes she likes in a boy. In a way, this is what had happened to Eve; she didn’t get him online, she created a perfect guy, Adam. Unlike in the manga there’s another voice here that certainly give this book a nudge and that is Solo Plissken. He isn’t really like the male characters I fondly fawned over (yep, the exact word) but he was surely interesting enough. More interesting than Eve. But wait, what was Solo doing there, he’s not in the title. It should be about Eve and Adam. I know I was expecting more of Adam, the way Night of Zettai Kareshi to Riiko. But it’s not and I was sort of glad that it took a different route. Unpredictability was a rare thing to read nowadays.
This is a quick read (despite how long it was on my ‘currently-reading’ status) but once I found the time to read it, I blazed through it. It wasn’t engaging but it did have pretty interesting plot twist that surely had me on board. I was profoundly grateful that it wasn’t really that heavy as I originally thought it was. The humor helped hid what I think the gist of the story. It’s not about romance or the sci-fi bits (although I did enjoy the procedure where she was creating Adam) but made me think of our obsession to perfection.
“I am Adam,” Adam says. “Adam Allbright.”
Solo turns his gaze to me. “So. Your perfect guy.”
I shrug. “Yeah, well, perfect isn’t quite right for me.”
I said it has some subliminal message. It made me think of perfection or our endless journey of pursuing, attaining of what we think is perfection. But when Eve was creating Adam, I think perfect, like beauty is subjective. But it is not about being perfect, it’s not about having the perfect eye, lips or the ‘right’ personality, often than not it is our flaws that we consider. So when Eve chose Solo it made me think that sometimes we think that what we look for is what made someone or something ‘perfect’ but in reality it is accepting the ‘imperfections’ that make it more genuine.
“You want me over him?” Solo asks. “Are you nuts?”
“Apparently,” I say.
I didn’t completely enjoy the book, although majority of the things that supposed to be funny I ended up laughing but some of it were less so. And what I thought was fascinating parts were not really that much. One moment I was applauding, next I was shaking my head out of annoyance. My emotions were fluctuating but by the end of it I think I was quite overall satisfied.