The Murder of Adam and Eve
The Murder of Adam and Eve is a book that I should have thought twice about before I decided to download it from NetGalley. Mostly because I usually try to stay away from YA, especially if it is a love story. But then again the blurb on NetGalley don't give away that much of the story and I think that I was blinded by the interesting cover to really care ...more
Firstly I would like to thank Burrows Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this amazing book.
When first reading about this book I was sceptical about how good it was going to be due to never reading a book quite like this. But boy was I wrong. I fell in love with this book from the very beginning.
The main talent of William Dietrich's writing was how thought provoking it was. Throughout the book it was maki ...more
I could possibly read into the overarching themes of totalitarianism of the Xu, but instead I simply read an entertaining page-turner. I read a considerable amou ...more
I found this book a bit blaze when it came to the teens having to trap and kill animals. I know they are hungry but I still think modern teens who aren't into hunting would have a hard time skinning a rabbit. But if you overlook some of these little things the s ...more
A time travel thriller to prehistoric Africa in which two teens must judge the fate of humanity by saving, or betraying, the ancestors of our species: the genetic “Adam” and “Eve.”
A forbidden island. An abandoned fort. A deserted village. A living gargoyle. And a time wormhole that catapults teen Nick Brynner and his companion Eleanor Terrell to prehistoric Africa to pass judgment on mankind.
They must find and ...more
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YA literature is such an interesting area of books, because I think the struggle to create something thought-provoking and worthwhile, while also being relatable and engaging for younger readers, can create some really powerful writing. Some of my favorite books and authors firmly inhabit YA fiction land. (Is that a real land? It should be…) Although on the other side of the ...more
Here is the thing when I downloaded this book to read it was based off of the title and the fact that the front cover said the author was a New York Times bestseller. I didn't actually read the synopsis to see what the book was about but right before I read the book I did and thought what the hell I will read it even though this book is mainly going to be about getting us to think about the way we are living today and the consequences. I star ...more
I was drawn to this book by the lovely cover art and intriguing book title. Although, I will say that it really doesn't sync with the typical YA cover art--not necessarily a bad thing, just an observation.
For the religious and atheistic folks who are afraid to try this book for fear that it might be too anti-religious or pro-religious, it really is neither of those things. Both religion and atheism are mentioned, but the author slyly skirts arou ...more
16-year-old, small-town American schoolboy Nick Brynner is your typical “boy” character. He’s not particularly popular, he’s not particularly athletic and he’s got a crush on some girl who is “unobtainable as car, college, Xbox, or popularity”.
You can tell that I’m not particularly interested in this type of protagonist, because I’ve read about a million of them. It’s not Dietrich’s fault – it’s unlikely that he knows what kind of protagonists I’m bored of – but t ...more
The narrator in The Murder of Adam and Eve is Nick Brynner. His dad died of cancer when he was ten so he only has his mom. Nick is 16 years old but because of his father’s death he had to grow up faster.
Nick Brynner’s substitute teacher, Mr. Faunus, persuades him to go on the forbidden island; Goat Island for his History Day scholarship and weird things happen. He explores the building, or fort, on th ...more
This book reminded me greatly of a scientific theory I once read on the internet. It was called the Zoo Theory and it talks about how some scientists believe that a superior and more advanced alien species came to earth and helped boost our evolutionary status, by playing around with our genetics and theirs - therefore creating the humanoids through a mixture of native biology (maybe apes) and a...more
The Murder of Adam and Eve by William Dietrich is a young adult, science fiction thriller combining aliens and time travel. What started out as sixteen year old Nick Brynner researching for his History Day project on an out of bounds island, leads to him falling through a wormhole, meeting an alien – a Xu, and eventually finding himself in prehistoric Africa.
Before finding himself in a completely different er ...more
I fell in love with this book from the very beginning because I felt like screaming at Nick to not go into the hole...like you feel like screaming at the characters in a scary movie not to go into the kitchen or up the stairs. That, to me, indicates a good book. Not that this is a scary book...I would classify it as a mystery/thriller; definitely not a horror book.
This book was full of beautiful descript ...more
As part of that project, he's going to visit an abandoned fort in Puget Sound, which has been off limits for almost a century. There are strange stories a ...more
Goat Island but what was once Fort Whitman. The fort has long since been abandoned though and there are rumors that people go in but never come out. If he had known what secrets the fort really held he more than likely never would have taken the risk.
Nick has stumbled upon a place of judgment, a place that is occupied by aliens that have come to Earth ...more
Nick Brynner is an average student who is not vexed by heavy teen angst. He is not the star of any sports team, nor is he the top of his class. However, Nick is a very curious person, which leads him to Goat Island, in Washington state. He kayaks t ...more
To begin, a little disclaimer: I NEVER stop reading a book halfway...never...until this one...To be honest, I'm not sure that it is fair to give this book a 1 star rating. I hope it gets better, but I just know I will not be experiencing any more of it.
I read the first 10 chapters of this book hoping it would get better, or that I'd get so wrapped up in the action of the story that I wouldn't notice the poor writ ...more
Publishing Date: October 2014
Publisher Description:A forbidden island. An abandoned fort. A deserted village. A living gargoyle. And a time wormhole that catapults teen Nick Brynner and his companion Eleanor Terrell to prehistoric Africa to pass judgment on mankind. They must find and protect – or condemn – our genetic forebears, a real-life “Adam” and “Eve” to either preserve or reset the futu ...more
When I read this ARC book, I was in the YA Programming department, and recommended this for purchase. Our library did buy it, and it is still a highly circulating novel.
There are many Dystopian, other world stories that teens and young adults love. Me; not so much. It is my taste. I cannot go against best seller lists, extreme circulation numbers ...more
I enjoyed the story premise. Teen boy and girl time travel to the cavemen period to prove that Adam and Eve are worth saving as well as all of mankind. The story is told from the perspective of the teen boy Nick, as he and Ellie travel to where they believe Adam and Eve are to be found. Nick and Ellie have to learn to survive against the odds in a time that is so very different and foreign to them. The ending was ...more
As I said, another time travel novel, this one with even bigger paradoxes and a slightly stranger story line, and also another that's aimed at YAs, but I'd say with a slightly more mature audience in mind than The Here and Now.
The story follows 16 year old Nick - he makes a somewhat dangerous journey to an old fort on a forbidden island shrouded in mist as part of a school project, slyly encouraged by a rogue teacher. What follows is stranger than you'd think! He enters a time w ...more
This was a fun story and very action packed. The ride kept on coming, and I particularly enjoyed once Nick landed in prehist ...more
To begin with, I am a little disappointed in the low-ranking reviews (though everyone is entitled to their opinions). I was skeptical at first about reading this, and put it off for a little while. I finally decided to start reading it the other day, and I am pleased that I did so. I think the flow of the book is great, and the scientific facts were not over-bearing in ...more
Bill was a career journalist, sharing a Pulitzer for national reporting at the Seattle Times for coverage of ...more