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Eve of Man: Eve of Man Trilogy, Book 1 Hardcover – International Edition, May 31, 2018
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Giovanna and Tom Fletcher are two of the UK's most successful authors. Tom is the creator of The Christmasaurus, which was the biggest debut middle-grade novel of 2016, while Giovanna's novel, Some Kind of Wonderful, was a number four Sunday Times hardback bestseller in 2017. Their books have sold over 1.5 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. Their social media platforms have a combined following of almost 6 million subscribers. Tom and Giovanna married in 2012 and are parents to two boys, Buzz and Buddy. Eve of Man is their first YA novel as a writing duo, and the first in a trilogy.
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So, one day a strange thing happened. No baby girls were born. Next day, same thing, and so on until... you get the picture. There are now no females being born. Until however, one day, there was Eve. And boy was she scooped up and hidden away in the dome of a great tower, protected until, well basically, she could be used to kick start the human race. Now of age and still the last girl to have been born, the time is nigh for her to meet her destiny, and meet the three potential partners that have been selected for her. But something happens and Eve spies Bram, and recognises something in him. And there's a spark, a something between them. But it's forbidden and definitely not in the plans that the powers that be have for Eve. But is Bram about to scupper those plans? And, if successful, where does that leave the human race?
I've already said that I haven't been a YA for a very long time but this book gave me plenty to get my teeth into. As you can imagine from the synopsis, and indeed when you start reading, there are more than just a few moral and ethical dilemmas to be found within its pages. Not overly preaching though I hasten to add. I did find it hard to completely accept that Eve was still the only girl to have been born since 50 years, but some of my niggles on this were mostly explained later on in the book and I know that fiction isn't always fact and the rest of what I was reading held up the issues I was having so I was able to accept and move on quite easily.
Characterisation was good, I warmed to both Eve and Bram quite quickly and I got to know them better through their narratives and learned more about their backgrounds as they took it in turns to "tell" the story. It did start off a bit slow for me but then I guess it was expected being as there was a world to create and science to explain and the rest of the scene to set and the characters to introduce.
Apart from my small niggles, the plot was well done and the action well played out. I've already mentioned that this being a trilogy, the story is not complete but, this first part ends at a very good moment. No spoilers here so I can't explain but, if you've ever read a trilogy you'll know that splitting the story into the parts is a whole other skillset to being an author and here, it looks like they may have cracked it.
All in all, a good opener to a trilogy which I am eager to get my hands on part two (and probably three!) of. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
Without females the human race was facing extinction and by the time Eve was born the earth was a mess. Men living without hope of a future have abused the world beyond imagination. Overconsumption of fossil fuels accelerated global warming.
Then came the miracle everyone had hoped and prayed for Eve. A special dome is created for her so she can live in a perfect world. Safe and secure.
She even has a best friend Holly. She knows Holly isn’t real because she’s the same age and Eve’s the first female born in 50 years. But it’s nice to have a friend and confidant.
So Eve lives safe and secure in her perfect world. Her only job is to give birth to girls when the time comes. To save the human race.
I’m not sure how sound it is having just one girl to continue the human race but it’s all they’ve got. So putting thoughts of interbreeding aside.
Bram has known Eve nearly all her life and while they’ve never actually met he’s one of the pilots who operates Holly. He knows her better than anyone after all he’s her best friend.
Eve is now 16 years old three potential mates have been selected for her to choose from. But things don’t go as planned and this is when she actually meets Bram for the first time. She knows on sight that he’s her favourite Holly.
Things change from this moment for both of them.
Eve can’t stop thinking about Bram and she starts to consider her life and what her future could hold if she was truly free to make her own decisions.
So I was intrigued and after reading the prologue (I’ve included the first part below) excited.
I liked both Eve and Bram and the world that’s been created and after the prologue I was glued and just couldn’t read fast enough. I was fully engrossed in this new world but then it seemed to slow and before I actually realised it I found I was skimming. I took a break and I’ll admit I wondered if this book was going to continue like this and just heat up at the end to get us ready for the next book.
I’m glad to say this wasn’t the case at all it and the second half was better than the first and now I’m looking forward to the next book.
So why not 5*?
Apart from the slow part in the middle it just never seemed to reach its full potential. I’m sure why or exactly what was missing for me but it didn’t fully work. But there was enough here to make me want to continue on.
On the first day no one really noticed. Perhaps there was a chuckle among the midwives at the sight of all those babies wrapped in blue blankets, not a pink one in sight. Individual hospitals would’ve thought nothing of it. They wouldn’t have known that this day of blue was only the beginning.
On the second day they frowned, confused, at another twenty-four hours of blue. Just boys. How baffling. Still, they assumed it was nothing more than coincidence. The Y chromosome was just making more of an appearance than usual.
On the third day, the media made light of it ‒ It Really Is A Man’s World. That brought the situation to everyone’s attention. Doctors and nurses realized theirs wasn’t the only hospital to go blue. Blue was taking over. Not just entire hospitals, not just entire countries, but the entire world.
Where had the pink gone?
With approximately two and a half million babies born each week, half of whom were usually girls, the sudden imbalance couldn’t be ignored. World leaders were called together with the most respected scientists to try to understand what was happening and discuss measures they could take to monitor the situation. They had to find an ethical way of working – they didn’t want to strip people of their human rights. That was what they said.
The first part of the prologue I’ve copied is from the arc and could change with publication.
I voluntarily read a review copy kindly provided by NetGalley and Penguin UK.
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