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In this fast-paced and though-provoking thriller, two teens time-travel to prehistoric Africa to judge whether to save our ancestors: the genetic "Adam" and "Eve" whose descendants will go on to populate the world. When 16-year-old Nick Brynner explores an old fort on a forbidden island for a school history project, he stumbles onto a time wormhole. What follows is a myste ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published September 25th 2014 by Burrows Publishing
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I don't know about you, but I've been seduced by a nice cover and a cool title a couple of times in my life. Alright, it happens quite often...

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
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Briana Alzola
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Try as I might, I just do not like science fiction and fantasy. This book was interesting, the action good and the characters compelling, but I lose interest when there are aliens and monsters. Personal preference aside, I still recommend this book. I love reading hte scenes that take place where I live.
-RadioactiveBookworm-
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Goodreads Synopsis: In this fast-paced and though-provoking thriller, two teens time-travel to prehistoric Africa to judge whether to save our ancestors: the genetic "Adam" and "Eve" whose descendants will go on to populate the world. When 16-year-old Nick Brynner explores an old fort on a forbidden island for a school history project, he stumbles onto a time wormhole. What follows is a mysteriously deserted village with a prowling sentry that looks like a gargoyle, and narrow escape with the he ...more
Kayleigh
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Visit my blog http://kayleighreadsbooks.blogspot.co... to read this review!

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
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Mark Gardner
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This book was engaging, and I had to carve out extra reading time in my regular routine so I could finish it ahead of schedule. I had a little concern, because some reviewers painted a picture of this book being some sort of “Environmentalist Agenda.” I found this laughable; it wasn’t an agenda, but a plot point, and a novel one at that.

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
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Heidi Gonzalez
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I was iffy about this one when I started it but then I got caught up in the story. How would two teens survive in ancient Africa? They have to find food, water and stay alive, all while trying to track down Adam and Eve before the Xu do.

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
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A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

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
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Marjolein
Full review to come!
Peter
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I liked it. Another YA novel with plenty of action and the characters were for the most part worth finding out about. I enjoyed the settings at the beginning of the book in the Northwest.
August
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
**This review comes from my website,
Books I Should Have Read A Long Time Ago and you can read more of my reviews there. **

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
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T.M. Corbett
Dec 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Please visit my blog for more on this book and others!

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
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Heathery
I received a copy of this via NetGalley for review.

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
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Sharona Lin
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
First reviewed on Pop Culture-y.

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
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AmandaEmma
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, sci-fi, 2015
I received a digital copy from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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
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Stacey Kym
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC kindly provided by Burrows Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review

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

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Hazel
Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This eBook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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
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Suzanne (The Grand World of Books)
I would like to thank Burrows Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

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
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Lis Carey
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-sf, fiction
Nick Brynner is the school nerd, genuinely enjoying school work and a bit socially awkward. He and his mom are struggling financially, though, and if he wants to go to college, getting a scholarship would really help. With the help of a surprisingly long-term substitute teacher, Mr. Faunas, he sets to work on a research project for History Day.

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
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Terisa
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nick Brynner is somewhat a loner that does well in school and is on a personal quest to win a scholarship in History. He goes to what is now called
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
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Doug Woods
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. As a children's and YA librarian, I read a wide assortment of literature for youth. This book really stands out for me because it is a YA novel that is very different than what is in the the mainstream offerings these days.
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
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Michelle Mcroberts
Feb 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
*I received a ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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
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Koeur
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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Publisher: Burrows

Publishing Date: October 2014

ISBN: 9780990662105

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.7/5



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
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Lori
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received The Murder of Adam and Eve by William Dietrich from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I read the Amazon Kindle e-book version.

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
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Cathleen
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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
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Sian Thomas
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
From Rebel Angel.

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
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Teresa Jensen
Nov 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: net-galley
When 16-year-old Nick trespasses on a deserted island to explore an abandoned military fort, he falls through a timewarp and meets Eleanor. She and an ‘angel’ named Gabriel, inform him that the Xu, an alien race, has determined that humanity is wretched and needs to be destroyed. The aliens have sent a team into the past to reset history by killing the source of modern humans, Adam and Eve. Nick and Eleanor have been chosen as humanity’s proxy and have to race the Xu to protect their ancestors. ...more
The Bookend Family
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of those rare cases where when it begins you think it has a chance of being a horrible book, and then it just keeps getting better, and better, and better, all the way to the very end where it proves to be one of the best books of the year. Yes this book is a YA book, but it is living proof that a YA book can easily be better than an adult book. (so that IDIOT who said adults should be ashamed to read YA books can go stuff it up a pipe and smoke it) It has many strengths compare ...more
Clare
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up to review after reading the blurb, science fiction isn't always my preference but this one sounded intriguing. The story starts off with Nick, a young man trying his hardest to win a scholarship and will stop at nothing to achieve it. On his mission for information he stumbles across aliens who ate trying to help Earth and prevent it from destroying itself. After a chance meeting with a girl called Ellie, Nick along with Ellie must pass three tests in order to travel back i ...more
Michelle Hauck
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Nick goes to explore a historical site and falls down the rabbit hole literally. He's kidnapped by aliens called Xu and sent back to prehistoric times with fellow teen Eleanor to determine the fate of humanity. The aliens want humans to be 'rebooted' and have a giant do-over for Earth, by eliminating our DNA ancestors, "Adam and Eve." Nick has to protect them or no more us.

This was a fun story and very action packed. The ride kept on coming, and I particularly enjoyed once Nick landed in prehist
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Ann-marie
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is no way changes my opinion of the book.

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
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William Dietrich is a NY Times bestelling author of the Ethan Gage series of eight books which have sold into 28 languages. He is also the author of six other adventure novels, several nonfiction works on the environmental history of the Pacific Northwest, and a contributor to several books.

Bill was a career journalist, sharing a Pulitzer for national reporting at the Seattle Times for coverage of
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