Well, this one wasn’t for me.
Eve was way too chill about her speedy healing. She was clearly healing at a rate that was no where near normal, but she just kept shrugging it off like, “Must be the pain meds!” Your leg was literally severed from your body and took a 14-hour operation to reattach, your arm was crushed, you had stitches and bruises on your face, and you think it’s normal to be bruise-free, stitch-free, pain-free, and entirely clear-headed three days later??? They kind of tried to explain this away *SPOILER* (she was genetically modified at a young age, so she was just used to always healing fast and never really thought about it) *END SPOILER*, but I didn’t buy it. You’d still notice something that extreme.
She was also way too chill about having injuries in the first place. She was a runner and an artist, and yet she didn’t even seem to care about the fact that her leg and arm might never be the same.
Eve was way too chill about everything, actually. Her life went from relatively normal to suddenly being full of some seriously messed up and heavy shit (including shady science experiments, gang violence, and murder), but you wouldn’t know it from her reactions and inner monologue. At the end, *SPOILER* she literally killed someone, and thirty minutes later she was just flirting with a boy like it was all good. Her only really thoughts about it were that she’d seen some gore while in the hospital (don’t even get me started on that, because what?), but it was still hard to see brain matter on the floor. That was it. She killed him in self-defense, I was fully on her side, but killing someone, even in self-defense, still has an effect on people. *END SPOILER* I don’t know if the authors thought their intended audience wouldn’t be able to handle heaviness because of their age or something, but then, maybe don’t include it at all? Just glossing over the consequences of things is a weird solution.
The characters felt younger than they were, although I couldn’t figure out if that was more to do with the writing or the audiobook narration (Eve’s narrator sounded young). I feel like this was more of a middle grade book, written with that age in mind, even though the characters were 17.
A lot of things seemed so random and unnecessary. There was all this stuff about Eve’s friend’s boyfriend getting in trouble with a gang, and I still don’t understand why it was included, especially since Eve seemed so emotionally unaffected by it, and I don’t think it was ever resolved. To be honest, even the whole “creating the perfect boy” thing seemed somewhat pointless, except that it related to the shady experiments, and I guess maybe it taught Eve something about how people don’t need to be perfect?
In the end, there was a lot left unexplained and unresolved. The conclusion to this was just so rushed and unsatisfying, and it was like no one was really affected by anything except they now had romantic partners to smooch. This is listed as the first in a series on Goodreads, but the book was published nearly eight years ago, it ended in a way that seemed like it was meant to be a standalone, and I saw one person say it’s marked as a series because there’s a short prequel, so I don’t think there are any more answers coming.
The audiobook narrators (Jenna Lamia, Holter Graham) did a fine job though. I don’t think it’s their fault I didn’t like this one.
Overall, I clearly had some plot issues, and I never really got invested in these characters or their story. If you can suspend your disbelief though and deal with some unresolved plot threads, maybe you’ll enjoy it more than I did.
Anyone who likes YA on the younger side and sci-fi and who doesn't mind stretching their suspension of disbelief quite a bit.