❰Reading❯ ➼ Eva Author Peter Dickinson – Uroturk.info

Eva I recently read several books set in future and they are always dystopian Now that s something not to think of when 2013 is around the corner.Eva was quite different from the other young adult books I ve read and if you read carefully, you ll begin to find a lot of layered analogies ThenI read, I realized how generalized and unclear the genre is Even if we consider it as a YA novel, I doubt anyone under 14 will like to read it and identify the simple and yet very complicated issues I think adults will enjoy it better view spoiler The story is about 13 year old Eva waking up after a terrible accident and finds her memories have been implanted into the brain and body of a chimpanzee Instead of with humans, she makes friends with others of her own species Eventually, like her Biblical namesake, Eva is sent to an Edenic paradise with chimps to teach them to live in the wild The novel ends at a time the human race is in decline and Eva imagines a future in which the descendants of her band of chimpanzees become the new dominant race hide spoiler I first read this in middle school I liked the version I read better than the one pictured here, as the one I read gave no hint as to what the catastrophic change in the title character s life was, and I am sure that if I had known ahead of time at that age, I never would have bothered with the book I disliked animal books SO much Almostthan, egads, boy books I am glad I did because the story always stuck with me, and I was thrilled to find it again in adulthood I was not disappointed by the re read As young adult dystopia goes, it succeeds where nearly none of itsmodern equivalents do by not being on any level wish fulfillment Eva s circumstances are genuinely horrifying In her place, I would have screamed continuously for nine days and then died I hope that doesn t count as too much of a spoiler And there s no romance to make the medicine go down, which I found refreshing And while I am not one to champion animal over human rights sorry , the questions raised were done so in a thought provoking manner rather than a preachy one It was also interesting to read a relatively recent take on the future that failed to anticipate the internet. Eva wasn t very original but still has a lot going for it, like the character Eva herself and the way she sees the world around her. Eva is a wonderful book It tells of the changed life of a 13 year old girl, through whose eyes we picture a future, dystopian world Eva wakes from sleep to find that her essential human self has been implanted into the living body of a chimpanzee She had been in an irreversible coma, following a car crash, and her parents had accepted the offer from a pioneering scientist to carry out the procedure Eva has grown up with chimps in the family, as her father works with them she is also a girl with deep inner resources, and is able to accept and adapt in a way that most wouldn t The book goes on to explore what happens to her, in a world where wild animals and their habitats have been reduced to tiny numbers by the relentless onward march of the human race, which largely puts the highest value on human life before that of every other creature.There were resonances for me with William Golding s book The Inheritors, and indeed, towards the end of Eva, there is a line which possibly indicates a nod by the author to that earlier work, published 33 years ago Of course Eva doesn t fill in all the details which an adult dystopia might, but it features some profound ideas about our relationship to our fellow creatures and the world about us Through Eva s eyes we can appreciate what it might feel like to bechimp than human the feeling echoing Golding s Neanderthal protagonist that the forest is a safe, good place, the deep physical connection with the environment and your clan, the strident ways of humans and Dickinson does not go for the idyllic happy ending he leaves you thinking long after you ve finished reading this book leaves its mark. What a neat book Eva will please fans of sci fi, nature stories, animal ethics and intelligent YA fiction At some unnamed point in a dystopian future, Eva is a 13 year old girl who is severely injured in an accident Only her mind remains intact In a radical, experimental new procedure, Eva s mind is transported to the brain and body of a chimpanzee Caught between two worlds and relentlessly hounded by interests that hope to make a buck off her, Eva must struggle to find a place in a world in which most wild animals, and wild places, have been squeezed out of existence Eva could be an excellent starting point for a classroom or book group discussion on the ethics of animal experimentation and xenotransplantation, animal sentience and awareness especially in chimpanzees , the commercialization of nature and species habitat conservation. This book is INSANE It is a CHILDREN S book about a LITTLE GIRL with a SCIENTIST FATHER and the girl has a TERRIBLE ACCIDENT and so her BRAIN is TRANSPLANTED into the BODY of a GORILLA A GORILLA BUT THAT HAPPENS AT THE VERY BEGINNING Eva the gorilla girl has a special little keypad with voice which she uses to communicate Things are okay for awhile, but guess what THE GORILLA NATURE IS STRONG I m not going to tell you what happens at the end, even though it s the only part of this book that I actually remember Woah, I d forgotten about this book WOW As I sit here, I m starting to remember all the craziest, most insane, over the top books I ve ever read in my life, and do you know what They were all CHAPTER books written for CHILDREN The one I ve been looking for for years now was about a girl whose estranged father dies and leaves her an abandoned town, so she and her friends move there to start an intentional community of teenagers I think it was called oh I just found it It s called The Taking of Mariasburg Okay, years of mystery solved by Bookface I m going to go do somehomework now. Eva Adamson, age 13, awakens in the hospital after a devastating auto accident followed by a long coma Her mother is there, overjoyed to see her awake at last, but Eva s mother seems strangely nervous and high strung Something has happened to Eva as a result of the accident, but no one seems prepared to explain what has been done to save her life until Eva finally demands to see herself in a mirror Even then, taking in her drastically altered reflection, she can have no clear idea just how much her life is about to change.I can t fault Dickinson s writing style in this book it is clear, engaging and, in many passages, lyrical The world he creates a mildly dystopic, not terribly distant future where human overpopulation runs rampant and most wild animal species have gone extinct is mostly believable, even if some of the concerns feel dated the book was published in 1988 Although this book contains a wide swath of characters, each personality is drawn in a sufficiently distinctive manner that the reader should have no difficulty keeping track of everyone In short, Dickinson did as much with his subject matter as he could I just happened to find that subject matter less than fully engaging view spoiler One of the primary issues I have with the book is its premise Dickinson creates a world where chimps are among the very few wild animals that have not gone extinct, and then assumes scientists and doctors would use one of these few remaining chimps as a donor body to save a human girl s life It seems farlikely that, if they had the means to put her brain into another body, they would opt to use another human being who had undergone brain death rather than put her into the body of a completely different species, with all the attendant physical and mental difficulties that solution would cause And though Dickinson seems to have done his homework, and to have thought very carefully about what it would be like to be a young teenage girl placed in the body of an animal even a closely related one , the unbelievable quality of that premise mars the credibility of the text hide spoiler My favorite thing about Eva echoes that of a book I treasure above just about all others Speaker for the Dead that thing being an alien society that really feels alien In the case of Speaker those aliens were the Pequeninos, the only other sentient species known in the universe In the case of Eva, the aliens are much closer to home chimpanzees And yet Peter Dickinson makes them come alive in a way that feels strange and exhilarating Their culture, communication, and personalities are every bit as real as those of humans, because Dickinson gets in their heads, both literally and figuratively.It is interesting, then, that with the exception of the title character, all of the human characters struck me as hollow and dimensionless Their movements are predictable and empty, and yet overly potent, like children who found their dad s gun People have overdeveloped the planet, far beyond irretrievable loss of biodiversity Dickinson s future humanity is full of Icarian hubris, yes, but also bumbling and doe eyed innocence, not unlike the future presented in WALL E As such, I read humanity s hollow dimensionlessness in Eva as a conscious storytelling choice Humanity is seen that way because the story isn t really about humanity.By contrast the chimpanzee characters are the passionate, sympathetic underdogs They grow to dominate the book Humanity fades to the periphery and the primary narrative evolves no pun intended to follow the chimps It s in the chimps where the heart of the story lies.I won t even outline the plot here, because for me so much of the joy of this book comes from its fresh strangeness Its premise is truly bizarre, and I liked not having a chance to get used to it before delving deep into the book So if you haven t already spoiled it for yourself, I recommend keeping it that way until you have a chance to read this singular novel It s a quick read that charts strangely enjoyable and utterly unique alien territory. I ve read a great many of Dickinson s books and, while I ve found one or two that didn t completely engage me for example, I admired his King and Joker without ever becoming completely immersed in it , I ve never come across one that wasn t interesting that didn t have an intellectual heft with which it was fun to grapple Eva both engaged me completely I read it compulsively and constantly challenged me in ways that I liked.Thirteen year old Eva, pretty and blonde and entitled, is in a traffic accident that sends her into a terminal coma Rather than let her die, or rot forever, her dad, who s in a charge of a chimp reserve, sets things up so that her mind can be transplanted into a chimp body To raise the funds for this cutting edge operation, he must do deals with commercial companies for the exploitation rights, even if these involve the humiliation of the chimps in his charge Lest we be too swift to judge Dad, his chimp reserve is one of the last places where, in a future dystopian world in which wilderness is barely any longer existent and the environment is on the brink of collapse, as are political systems that have for too long used greed as their modus operandi, chimps can have any hope of survival.In other books that I ve read where a human mind is put into an animal or an automaton or even a spaceship s computer , the mind remains human even if its new packaging isn t One of the great triumphs of Eva is that we see our protagonist go from being a human trapped in a chimp body to become someone who s a chimp with residual human memories and intellectual abilities By about the halfway mark, Eva wants to be the best chimp she can be, not some sort of human chimp hybrid She embraces chimp social interactions as opposed to human ones, and laments the fact that humans, no matter how well intentioned, will probably never be able, at a gut level, to understand these Dickinson does such a superb job of conveying such notions, and overall in terms of bringing us into Eva s complex, decreasingly human mind, that by the end even this crusty old curmudgeon was surreptitiously wiping his eyes.In other words, Eva is a genuinely powerful book that raises plenty of questions It s marketed as YA presumably on the grounds that the human girl Eva is, well, a YA but the chimp Eva isn t, and must cope with things as an adult chimp must do.Much recommended. THIRTEEN YEAR OLD EVA Wakes Up In The Hospital Unable To Remember Anything Since The Picnic On The Beach Her Mother Leans Over The Bed And Begins To Explain A Traffic Accident, A Long ComaBut There Is Something, Eva Senses, That She S Not Being Told There Is A Price She Must Pay To Be Alive At All What Have They Done, With Their Amazing Medical Techniques, To Save Her


About the Author: Peter Dickinson

Robin McKinley He wrote than fifty novels for adults and young readers He won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children s Award twice, and his novel The Blue Hawk won The Guardian Award in 1975.


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