Book Reviews

Eve of Man by Tom & Giovanna Fletcher

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My Rating ~ Three and a half stars

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RELEASED: 31 May 2018

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Format: Hardback

Pages: 400

Blurb

AGAINST ALL ODDS, SHE SURVIVED.
THE FIRST GIRL BORN IN FIFTY YEARS.
THEY CALLED HER EVE . . .

All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past.

But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate.

Until she meets Bram.

Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.

But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?

 

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Review

Eve of Man is set in a dystopian world where only boys have been born for the last 50 years, setting humans up for extinction, until a woman’s surprise pregnancy results in the birth of Eve.  She is kept completely segregated from the rest of the world, in a highly secure tower for protection, because Eve is the only chance the world has for repopulation.  Now that Eve is 16, it’s time for her to be introduced to her potential mates, but Eve has fallen in love with Bram, who is not one of her approved potentials.  As Eve starts to question the life that’s been mapped out for her, and what’s really out there in the world, she starts to suspect she’s been kept in the dark about more than a few things.

The concept of this book was so interesting.  I like “what if” style books and it was one of those questions that really makes you think about something like that happening and what lengths we would go to to continue the human race.  I started out thinking I was going to love this book (and let’s face it, the cover is so sparkly and gorgeous AND there’s a beautiful hardback under the jacket too, so being a huge ‘judge a book by the cover’ victim I badly wanted to love it)  I really liked Eve’s story and her relationship with Holly (a holographic female companion and her only real friend) and the “Mothers” that looked after her.  But, there were a few things I didn’t really enjoy.  The second half of the story revolves around a mission Bram takes on.  This whole section of the book was just kind of clique. It’s hard to go into details without spoilers, but it was all a little too ‘typical’ of a dystopian type book and I was hoping this one would unfold a little differently.

The other part I disliked may not have bothered most people, but it bothered me quite a lot.  The authors mentioned many times how humans ‘meddling’ with science had caused mother nature to turn against us and it was specifically directed at reproductive science.  I assume the authors have some strong personal views on this matter.  I actually did try and do some research in regards to this, to see if that was the case, but all I found was information regarding a close friend of theirs who had gone through IVF and written a blog about their struggles (I sincerely hope said friend does not read this book).   There were a fair few scenes described where Eve was undergoing reproductive treatments and it was pretty clear to me that the authors have never experienced fertility issues themselves.  I suspect they probably asked a friend ‘what it was like’, because the technical information was there, but the emotional (and true physical) aspect really wasn’t represented.  As someone who’s only daughter would not be here if it wasn’t for reproductive science, these scenes and especially the constant reference to the fact that “only mother nature knows best and we shouldn’t be interfering in this way” was actually downright insulting.  I guess I got a tiny glimpse into why #ownvoices is so important.  I found the attempt at representing something so personal, by someone who clearly has no experience in the matter, really off-putting.  I can’t imagine what it must feel like to have your entire culture represented incorrectly all the time.

As I actually really enjoyed the first half of the book, I kind of want to read the next in the series when it’s released, (and just because I usually need to know how things end) but I am a little afraid, due to the content of the second half of the book, that everything I loved about the first half won’t have a place in the continuing storyline…but I hope I’m wrong!

 

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Eve of Man pic by bookbookowl.com

 

Photo via my Instagram account – Bookbookowl

 

2 thoughts on “Eve of Man by Tom & Giovanna Fletcher”

    1. I got that impression from what I looked up about them (I’d never heard of them before). I know how common it is for people who haven’t struggled fertility wise to not really understand how those people might feel, but I was a little shocked when I saw they had a close friend who blogs about it. If the book reflected their personal feeling on the matter it’s a bit sad 😦 xx

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