Title: Eve of Man (1st in a Trilogy)
Author: Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
Year of publication: 2018
One sentence review: Great book, interesting premise, likeable, believable characters
Where I got it: Tesco!
Time to read: Three weeks but no reflection of the book. I’ve been too tired to keep my eyes open!
Who’d enjoy it: Fans of The Hunger Games
Reading challenge: Pop Sugar Reading Challenge – A book by a musician
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5
Eve is pretty special. She’s the first female born in 50 years. So the survival of the human race is dependent on her. In an effort to protect her, she is kept in the Tower where she is looked after by “The Mothers”. In the absence of her own mother, “The Mothers” are some of the only surviving women. And their sole purpose is to ensure the future of mankind by raising Eve.
It must be hard being a young girl, with no other young girls to befriend. That’s covered too. Holly is a holographic creation to keep Eve company. Someone to confide in. Someone her own age.
We meet Eve as she’s turned 16. That means she is of age and can begin her life purpose: to procreate, in the hope she gives birth to a baby girl who can continue her legacy. She was always quite compliant with the requests upon her and accepted her fate. But things go a bit Pete Tong with a security breach. As a result Eve meets Bram. And she starts to see the world that she’s been brought up in, very differently.
What I loved
This book was told through the eyes of both Eve and Bram, characters who are both pretty likeable. The tone of voice for each character is different enough to be able to follow who’s side of the story you’re following. I really like the evolution of Eve, from young, timid, agreeable girl, to a young woman who questions everything and wants to fight for love and her right to her body.
What I didn’t love
Whilst I loved the character growth of Eve, I was frustrated about how she came across as a bit of a brat at points. But then she’s only 16. Her emotional intelligence isn’t necessarily going to be all that developed yet and she’s been put on a pedastool for the vast majority of her life.
I’ve seen reviews where people have complained that it’s not obvious why female children stopped being born, but this doesn’t particularly bother me. I’d say that Eve of Man falls under the genre of sci-fi so I tend to accept that we don’t always get an explanation for everything!
I would totally recommend this book – but prepared for a real lack of closure at the end as it’s the first in a trilogy. But hey, the lack of closure just got me wanting more for the next one!
It says that the second part is due in 2019 but I’m yet to see it anywhere and we’re drawing to a close. I’d love to know if anyone can shed light on when we can expect the next part in the story.