My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a book I found on my bookshelf the other day. It's one I've wanted to read for ages. It's also a book my daughter bought but didn't want/like, so I decided to keep it.
When Evening Spiker is involved in a really bad road accident that almost kills her, she ends up in a private hospital. Her mother is rich, and also a genetic scientist. But while she's getting better, she notices that she's healing a bit too fast. To keep her occupied, her mother gives her a task: to design a boy/girl in a virtual reality system.
Throw in a cute guy with a bunch of secrets and ambitions, a best friend who can't stay out of trouble, a God complex, and it's sure to lead to a bunch of trouble...
I really enjoyed this book! It hooked me instantly. Eve is such a great narrator, and so is Solo. I loved how their separate POVs helped the story unfold very quickly. It's heartfelt, but light. It deals with some pretty heavy themes, but was funny. Features a very cold, emotionless mother, but is balanced out with a bunch of caring kids.
It was also fun and I looked forward to picking it up every time I had a spare moment to read.
The two main character voices are snarky and snappy and interesting. My only problem is that the events leading to the end (last 15pgs) felt a little rushed. I wish things had slowed a bit. But then again, the whole story is pretty fast and action-packed, so I suppose it all fit very well together.
I'm really glad I picked this up because it's a great book! It might not be perfect, but there was a very cool vibe about it that kept me interested all the way through.
Oh, and I wish the UK/Aus paperback cover wasn't so bland. The US cover is awesome. The UK/Aus binding is also too rigid. It's a shame that the outside isn't as awesome as the story inside.