When 16-year-old Nick Brynner risks visiting a forbidden island and abandoned fort for a high school scholarship project, he tumbles into perilous adventure that finds him fighting for his life and questioning everything he believes in.
He finds a local town mysteriously deserted and patrolled by what appears to be a living gargoyle. His immediate rescuer is fellow teen Eleanor Terrell, but it turns out Ellie needs her own rescue from a diabolical challenge set by a mysterious alien race called the Xu.
A time wormhole sends the pair to prehistoric Africa, where they must find the ancestral man and woman – the real-life caveman “Adam” and “Eve” – who are the ancestors of us all. And then pass judgment on their fate, as the perils and promise of the wild are contrasted to the tumultuous record of humankind.
The Murder of Adam and Eve is a provocative survival thriller designed to provoke debate in teens and adults. Nick will find love, war, and a terrible choice in the place where Man was born.
“An outstanding work…Dietrich weaves adventure and science together to create a fast-paced story that keeps its reader turning page after page. The novel is a great example of spellbinding storytelling, and it is a wonderful read for teens and adults alike.” Doug Woods, Skagit Valley Herald
The novel has gottenn Netgalley reviews from bloggers, librarian, educators, and readers. The “score,” after six months, is 32 5-star reviews, 48 4-star, 28 3-star, 8 2-star, and 7 1-star, with 97 liking the cover and 14 not. Here are some excerpts:
“5 of 5 stars…I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and gave you an idea of how people survived so long ago…The ending was extremely well done.” Sara Beary, Sara’s Books and Things blog.
“5 of 5 stars…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.” Brennan Palm, 15, The Bookend Family blog.
“The Murder of Adam and Eve was a fast-paced, action-packed read with a main character you could really root for.” Librarian Sheryle Gouker, 4 of 5 stars.
“One humdinger of a page-turning adventure.” Librarian Lori Smith, 4 of 5 stars.
“It has many strengths compared to the conventional YA book, the foremost being that it’s damn surprising, just when you think it’s going to go like this, then it turns upside down and go’s the other way.” Librarian Stacy Palm, 5 of 5 stars.
“I fell in love with this book from the very beginning because I felt like screaming at Nick to not go into the hole…” Suzanne Lester. 5 of 5 stars.
“I found myself engrossed in the story and while it’s a full length novel, I stayed up late and finished it in one sitting because I had to see what would happen next.” Terisa Lingo, 5 of 5 stars.
“A work of genius and a YA book unlike any other.” J Alton, 5 of 5 stars.
“Buy it for the teen in your life, or perhaps for yourself. If you like sci-fi, explorations of alternate time streams, survival romps, or well-written engaging books in general, get it!” Nicole Lee, 4 of 5 stars.
“Extremely fast paced book that was hard to put down. Very enjoyable.” Educator Randy Parazine, 5 of 5 stars.
“A very well-written YA book about the importance of making the right choices, despite the apparent consequences.” Nightwing Whitehead, 5 of 5 stars.
“The Murder of Adam and Eve is a surprisingly gripping tale. I found myself rooting for Nick, especially as he matured over the length of this novel. By the ending, I admired the teen and was sad to seem my time with him come to an end.” Tracy Farnsworth, 4 of 5 stars.