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Atom and Eve by [Yager, Jeff]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2244 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc. (25 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0G1LAO
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,104,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By g on 16 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
Yes thats right 0 out of 5, my first ever zero (although on gr & amazon its a 1 star as it won't allow zeros sadly). Never, ever have I felt the need to zero star a book before.

A quick summary (which you don't need really as there is NO PLOT): A flu spreads across the US, the cure is developed by a chemist (Mandy Fox) but she (for some unexplained reason) messes with the cure and ends up making men produce more estrogen and women more testosterone. Women then get up off their lazy ass behinds and get jobs as oil riggers and line backers, men on the other hand get the women lazy gene and decide to become stay at home dads. Oh and all those super successful men lose their jobs, no explanation as to why, just that they do. Thats it. Along the way we meet a host of completely irrelevant characters that have absolutely nothing to do with the story (thats because there is NO STORY).

OOOOH I'm seething just writing the summary. This is the most sexist piece of work I've come across, if I had not known the author was a man I could of guessed by the horrendous portrayal of women through out the book. Not only is there the crazy and hugely insulting notion that women NEED the male hormone testosterone to be successful in like, but the general attitude to women is appalling. Kendra/keria (I can't even remember her name and I'm not going to back to check for fear I might set fire to my kindle to save my eyes), a presidential candidate (yes a women DARES to run for president, and this is before the drug and gender swaps) makes a speech to the public where she goes on about men impregnating women and running, and I really can't repeat the S*** that this book then goes on to spout. OOOOOHHHH I'm mad.

Aside from the ignorant sexism in the book, the whole thing makes ZERO sense.
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MY REVIEW
I received an e-copy of Atom & Eve by Jeff Yager from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
The cover features two faces, one I would say is probably Ricky Romanello, and the other could be Dr Mandy Fox who invents the flu vaccine that should fix a problem flu, that really ends up causing many more problems. Also, the Atom drawing I'd presume, is a drawing of the medical format of the atom that forms the drug maybe.
I like the cover it is colourful and would attract my attention to it, so I'd say it's doing it's job well. The title is short and catchy, I get the "Atom" part is the reference to the vaccine but I'm not so sure where the "Eve" part is from.
So do I like the cover? Yes I'd pick it up from a bookstore shelf.
So now to the book, Mmm what can I say? The basic plot is that a young man called Ricky gets a new strain of flu. The flu is spreading on a pandemic level and scientists are desperately working to find a vaccine/cure. Dr Mandy Fox is a chemist who has a drug that should cure the flu but unbeknownst to her colleagues she tweaks the medication herself. The drug is tried on a friend of one of the other "scientist/chemists" and it works, the government allow it to be trialed on another ten people whom it cures. Even though the drug is relatively new it is given out to all who have the flu with disastrous consequences. There are side effects that become apparent where women start behaving more aggressively and "male dominant" and the males who have the vaccine seem to develop their "softer" side and want to follow a more feminine role in life. The book then features other characters and how the drug has and is affecting their lives.
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Atom and Eve
Having read 'ARIA Left Luggage, by Geoff Nelder, a story concerning an amnesia causing virus from outer space, I was pleased to receive a review copy, knowing it also concerned effects on humans,though in this case,a drug. The concept that a drug being produced for one problem,is found to combat a new form of flu, is one thing. But too then suggest a catastrophic effect on sexuality of men and women due to something 'added' by the scientist, is SciFi at its weirdest! The mistakes are, sadly, everywhere. For example, I cannot see the US Food & Drug administration allowing this untested drug to be used on a massive scale, when the side effects would have been revealed. I also have problems with poor editing, of which there are many examples, such as scenes 'telling' and not 'showing.' Simple mistakes such as: 'Sam WALKED out of the Donut (US spelling?)Shoppe and WALKED...' should have been spotted by the editor, and how about this for a howler: 'The bullet went into Dickinson's head. His BODY dropped to the ground with all signs of life leaving his BODY.' Apart from the double use of 'body' would there be ANY signs of life with a bullet in your brains? It is poor editing that gets scathing critiques and spoils what might be a good story.
Unlike Geoff Nelder, who extensively researched his facts, and acknowledged the authors in his book, I believe this story suffers from a lack of detailed research, which makes the whole concept unbelievable.A pity, because Jeff Yager does have writing talent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gender Bender Medicine 30 July 2013
By L. B. Lux - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Atom and Eve
I was interested, as a UK author, to review this book as 'ARIA Left Luggage' written by a UK author, and having a similar theme (something altering the human psyche) won a prestigious US award. Sadly, the similarity ends there. The UK author did tedious research into the possibility of his 'problem', an amnesia causing virus, and the credit list is impressive.
Jeff Yager has a writing talent but I feel his debut book has not received the detailed editing needed. The story of a drug to help a mysterious flu (how it differs from ordinary flu is not clear), and its side effects when something extra is added, is the main theme. Knowing US food and drug laws, I cannot see, even given the emergency,it would have been released without intensive testing first when the side effect would have been revealed, and I am sure a respected reviewer would pick up this mistake. There are several examples of the common mistake, 'show, don't tell,'eg 'telling' us about the faulty ingredient and its future effect, and cheques coming regularly to make Mandy rich. Editing faults such as,'Sam walked out of the Donut Shoppe and walked..' A wopper comes near the end. A bullet goes into someone's head. 'His body dropped to the ground, with all signs of life leaving his body.' Wow! It doesn't end there because his body lies motionless on the highway! It is poor editing that can make a book fail
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent debut novel by Jeff Yager 17 Jan. 2015
By Taylor P - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Synopsis:

When a lethal new virus hits the U.S. with shattering force in Jeff Yager’s Atom & Eve, sixteen-year-old Ricky Romanello is the first to come down with symptoms as the world around him begins to change. While first-ever female presidential candidate Kendra Martin struggles for her cause in a rattled nation, chemist Dr. Mandy Fox develops a vaccine and prospects of recovery from the epidemic begin to look up. But when the solution to the country’s quickly declining population becomes the source of strange biological developments in all who take the drug, the consequences may be too extreme despite the benefits. Through a journey of self-discovery and unlikely alliances, Ricky discovers what it truly means to walk a mile in another’s shoes—and how to use those shoes to your advantage when fighting for your life.

My thoughts:

An excellent debut novel by Jeff Yager, ATOM & EVE is gripping, fast-paced, and will keep you guessing with every turn of the page. The plot is imaginative and daring, and the author provides us with a handful of unforgettable characters. Yager's ability to emphasize the issue of gender roles in this young adult novel is impeccable, and he sheds light on the idea of tampering with the natural world in a science- and technology-driven society. A great read for anyone interested in science fiction, dystopian fiction, and young adult fiction, in general!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This one keeps your attention! 15 July 2013
By Carol Stucki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Non-stop action but more appropriate for upper aged teens. This is an interesting story and one that starts jumping from the start and the action does not stop. A pandemic is something we all fear. Those that take shortcuts with our DNA and biochemistry to fight the illness make a great story. However, there are a few things in this story that are a little improbable - but this is fiction. The gender roles and affects on each are presented in an interesting view.

The characters are described well and the story leads you to want to know more about each and how they fit together as they all come from diverse backgrounds. I would have liked to seen more emotion in the characters especially those affected by the violent acts that befall them.

The diverse characters and backstories are pulled together into the main plot at the end. Keeps the reader guessing but sometimes a little confused. The transition could have been smoother and I would like to have seen it drawn out a little more instead of jumping from scene to scene so rapidly.

There are second chances for most characters in this book. A feeling of vendetta rings through in the story line as bullies and infidelity are dealt with. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Politics and economics are described but do not bog down the story line with too many details that would bore a young adult reader.

Overall, a good quick read that keeps the attention.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting new YA novel! 25 Jun. 2013
By Cwellsfish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Atom & Eve" is a fast-paced read that will keep you turning the pages as fast as the Demonic Flu the storyline centers around is spreading across the United States. As the book follows characters from all walks of life--from a teenaged prodigy, to a female presidential candidate, to a crooked cop, and to a scientist working to find a cure for the flu--we are given insight on the various roles men and women occupy, as well as how the sexes are seen, both by themselves and by the opposite sex.

Taking current political and economic issues and addressing them through the fictional Demonic Flu pandemic, debut author Jeff Yager makes these topics accessible to young adult readers. YA readers will also appreciate Yager's no-nonsense language and use of more adult scenarios than we're used to seeing in the genre, breaking preconceptions of what a YA novel should be the way he challenges male and female stereotypes in "Atom & Eve."

Readers will be eager to find out who will survive the pandemic, how their lives will intersect, and will also have their ideas on roles of the sexes challenged.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel with a pertinent plot! 12 May 2014
By Iannjax - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Facing a country whose population is being dominated by a flu pandemic of unknown origin, scientist Mandy Fox is confident that she is the person that can save millions of lives. But with the rush to have the cure available – will the consequences of the side effects be too great? Travel with Mandy and the other fascinating characters, like 16-year-old Ricky Romanello, to see how the flu and the cure will change their lives."
Jackie Atkinson
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