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Unsung Book Week: EVA

As explained here, I've made this week is Unsung Book Week at my blog. Feel free to join in and share your favorite less-talked-about books, either in the comments or at your own blog.

I mentioned the local library had a small YA section--well, that meant I did a lot of re-reading. And this book, which wasn't quite like anything I'd ever read, was one I kept returning to:

EVA by Peter Dickinson




What it's all about:

The daugher of a zoologist, Eva has grown up with the chimpanzees her father studies, often feeling more at ease with them than with other children. But when a horrible car accident leaves her parents with the choice between trying an experimental procedure and giving her up for dead, she finds she must learn how to *be* a chimp. Her mind, her neuron memory, has been transfered into one of her father's research subjects. Eva gradually adjusts, but the chimp's instincts and memories linger on inside her. How can she stay true to both her humanity and the primates that now are just as much her family?

Why it is awesome:

For starters, talk about an intense situation! Trying to adapt to a completely different body is a tremendous challenge, as Dickinson makes vividly clear. The shades of the chimp's mind that color Eva's are haunting, and her situation both as she's recovering and then dealing with the new expectations placed on her is both uniquely fascinating and portrayed in a completely believable way. But my favorite part is the end. There is no clear happy ending, humans do not triumph over all; rather there is the suggestion that there are things more valuable than humanity, an idea I've seldom seen explored.

Comments

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dpeterfreund
Oct. 9th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
Oh! I loved this book. Also, it was my introduction to Gaia theory.

this book has been much on my mind lately, as I see a lot of echoes in it with a new release, SKINNED, by Robin Wasserman (who has an LJ account but i don't know how to link it). Anyway, you HAVE to read Skinned if you like Eva.
megancrewe
Oct. 10th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely checked SKINNED out. Thanks for the rec!
libation
Oct. 9th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
I have seen this book many times but never read it.

Did you read Taylor Five by Ann Halam? LOVE that book. She's one of my favorite unsung authors.
megancrewe
Oct. 10th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
I *have* TAYLOR FIVE (because it sounded really interesting) but it is one of the many books I haven't gotten around to reading yet. I'll have to move it further up the to-read pile!
libation
Oct. 10th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Don't read it if you're already feeling a little blue. It is beautiful but bleak and heartbreaking.
brian_ohio
Oct. 9th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
That is one of the strangest premises I've ever heard for a YA book. I'm going to look for it. Thanks.
megancrewe
Oct. 10th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
It's strange, but it works! :) Hope you enjoy it, too.
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megancrewe
Oct. 10th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
Darwinian Lit--that sounds like an amazing class! What else did you read?
robinellen
Oct. 9th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Wow, this sounds amazing...I'm going to have to look for it! I love what you're doing with these books :)
megancrewe
Oct. 10th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I wish I could keep going, but I'm running out of books that I both really love and don't see other people loving. :)
fabulousfrock
Oct. 9th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Wow, what an interesting and bizarre premise! I want to read it!
megancrewe
Oct. 10th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
You should! He pulls it off really well. :)
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My Books


Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014


The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012


The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013


The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014


Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014


Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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