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Adriana Sinclair is an evolutionary mystery. Her blood type matches nothing in modern medicine. When a failed blood transfusion kills her twin sister, Adriana discovers she's a throwback to an original human scientists coined the “Mitochondrial Eve.”
Still reeling from her sister's death and the subsequent realization of her family’s secret, Adriana struggles to put her life back in order and focus on her college studies. She finds comfort in Kalan, the new guy whose striking albino features and friendly manner keep her distracted from the wreck her life has become. Kalan is exactly what she needs right now, even if he does seem a bit too interested in Adriana's mysterious bloodline...
Adriana is a happy, typical college student, worried about classes, guys and her future and in the blink of an eye it is all taken away from her. In the midst of tragedy, Adriana discovers that her family carries a secret, a very old secret. Adriana's blood type is unknown to the medical world and suddenly everyone wants to study her. Then Kalan, an albino student walks into her life and throws everything she has ever believed out the window. Now she is hunting for deep family secrets determined to uncover the truth of who she is, even if it costs her life.
Adriana seems to be your typical teenager, she experiences sadness, happiness, anger, and lust like everybody else. It's her blood that makes her different. And it is her blood that sends her on a trip that could end her life. After her twin sister dies, Adriana meets a cute albino boy named Kalan. She is instantly attracted to him and bonds with him over their medical differences. Then she discovers that meeting Kalan was a little more than chance. Kalan has secrets and getting involved with him may or may not be a good thing.
The Eve Genome is a rather complicated story. There is a lot going on. First you have the idea of this never before seen blood type, you have the science behind it; which I am going to say can be confusing if you don't know anything about science, and you have this whole other side, the dark side. What exactly is this dark side I speak of? Well I can't exactly tell you, but I can tell you that it provides quite a twist for the story. One that will definitely take you by surprise. So yes it is a good twist.
The story is a good story, in fact I think it is a great idea. However, I did feel like some things were a little rushed, like her meeting Kalan and just instantly deciding to jump in a car with the guy and travel cross country. There were times where I felt the story was disjointed. Like it was pieces of a puzzle that didn't quite fit together. I love the twist that Joanne Brothwell gives us in this story, but I didn't exactly like the way the story got there.
I truly believed that the secret of Adriana's blood type was going to be dangerous and that it was going to be a secret that would knock my socks off; and it did by the way. But it appears the characters who showed the most fear and were the most secretive actually knew very little. Which in turn left me a little confused.
The characters were just okay. I didn't really seem to connect much with Adriana. Most of the characters seemed only skin deep and there were times I didn't really understand their purpose in the story. But Kalan was probably my favorite, sweet, strong, and determined. Then there was Marcus, the confidant and overly cocky jerk who I wanted to punch with every turn.
The Eve Genome overall is a good story and I have to say is totally different from every other story that I have read. But it was not the story for me, all the pieces just didn't add up. But who knows, maybe this is your story. Do I think it is good enough to read? Yes. Do I think you should give it a shot? Yes. After all, you might be the glue that makes those puzzle pieces fit together.
"I've learned there are no truly evil people," I said. "The things we experience, the trauma and pain, it changes us, breaks us, irreparably. It's the environment that causes us to behave poorly." (kindle, loc. 2713).
I chose this moment because I think it is a beautiful deep moment of thought, that gives a good insight into one of the characters. I like deep moments.