My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Library Check-Out
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Book Description: 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?
My thoughts: An interesting story and concept. The book takes a sci-fi look at the ethics of playing God. This book is thought provoking and covers the ramifications the creation as well as the creator. In some ways it made me thing of Orson Scott Cards book "Ender's Game". Eve is given the task to make a simulation of the perfect person. She is unaware that a mad scientist is using her creative genius to do the unthinkable.
I didn't find myself connecting with the characters or the plot. I enjoyed the story. While it is interesting and well written, it was a little flat for me.
I was impressed with the question posed about what makes someone perfect. For each of us, perfect can be defined in different ways. Eve uses sound judgement and maturity while developing Adam, but she learns more about the soul behind the person. I liked her journey figuring out messy relationships with family and friends. She is not given easy options, but does the best with the information and feelings that she has.
I didn't really like her friend Aislin. She had too much baggage and unresolved issues. While Eve was able to keep her head and brain in the proper place, Aislin was polar opposite. Solo was a complex character. Because of the roadblocks placed in front of him, I think that I liked him a little more. He always figured out something to help in every situation.
Adam comes in the book toward the end. He was interesting. I don't know what else to say about him. He came from nothing, to immediate human function. His perspective in the story was unique and gave me something to think about.
This book contains a lot of innuendo. I would only recommend it to older YA readers.
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