Judging a Book by Its Cover: Eve & Adam


Title:  Eve & Adam

Author: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

What’s on the cover:  An apple that is half red and half silver puzzle pieces.  Lightning seems to be striking around it.  Blue gradient background with lots of ones and zeroes around the apple.  The tagline says “And girl created boy….”

What I think it’s about:  Looks like sci-fi.  With that tagline, I’m guessing a girl creates some kind of artificial intelligence.

Do I think I want to read it?:  The cover tells me just enough to know what genre it likely is and gives some good hints to the plot without giving it away.  I’m definitely intrigued, and it’s also a really cool, pretty cover.  Initial judgment says yes!

What the blurb says:  “In the beginning, there was an apple.  And then there was a car crash, a horrible, debilitating injury, and a hospital.  But before Evening Spiker could regain consciouness, there was a strange boy checking her out of the hospital and rushing her to Spiker Biopharmaceuticals, her mother’s research facility.  Once there, Eve has to heal and cope with an eerie isolation only interrupted by her overbearing mohter, a strange group of doctors, and the mysterious boy who brought her there.  Just when Eve thinks she will die – not from her injuries, but boredom – her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.  Using an amazingly detailed simulation that is designed to teach human genetics, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up: eyes, hair, muscle, even a brain, and potential personality traits.  Eve is creating Adam.  And he will be perfect….won’t he?”

Final verdict:  Hey, I was right!  The blurb makes it sound like a fun, intersting, thought-provoking book.  This one is going on my To Read pile.

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