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Review – Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

I love both Giovanna and Tom Fletcher! I’ve followed them on YouTube since way back when Tom was still in McFly. I’ve read several of their books and always watch their vlogs. When I heard they were writing a YA dystopian book together I was totally here for it!

Eve of Man

by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

eve of man


Synopsis by GoodReads

She survived against all odds. The first girl born in fifty years. They called her EVE.

Scythe meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this gripping new dystopian trilogy written by UK-bestselling authors Tom and Giovanna Fletcher.

On the first day, no one really noticed. All those babies wrapped in blue blankets–not a pink one in sight. On the third day, people were scared–a statistic-defying abundance of blue. Not just entire hospitals, not only entire countries, but the entire world. Boys. Only boys.

Until Eve. The only girl born in fifty years. The savior of mankind. Kept protected, towering above a ruined world under a glass dome of safety until she is ready to renew the human race.

But when the time comes to find a suitor, Eve and Bram–a young man whose job is to prepare Eve for this moment–begin to question the plan they’ve known all along. Eve doesn’t only want safety, and she doesn’t only want protection. She wants the truth. She wants freedom.

My Opinion

5 star leaves

Highlights

Eve

Bram

Towner world

Lost complete track of time

Easy to read

The heroine saves herself (partly)


Overall

How to recognise the book is written by Brits: when there is a problem to be solved, one of the characters puts the kettle on… 😂

I love YA. But I also have a lot of issues with YA as a genre. I didn’t find these issues in this book. No instalove, no stupid or super naive characters, no “I must save everything and everyone”, and no one let out any breath they didn’t realise they were holding…


The Story

It’s a dual perspective story between Eve and Bram. Eve is the last fertile female in the world and is very protected. Bram is a support staff supporting Eve and the network around her. His father is very high up in the system and that’s one of the reasons he has been there so long.

Normally in dual perspective books with a female and a male character, the female character tend to feel stereotypical and plain. Eve doesn’t feel like that to me. It’s probably due to Eve being written by a female author while Bram was written by a male author. There is true representation behind the characters.

The book focuses on the fertility issue of this new flooded world. It focuses on free will and the decision of whether to breed or fall in love.

The story slowly progresses from a basic story of two people interacting in a word they both don’t fully understand to a full-on rebellious teenage action adventure. It was great!


World Building

There are technically two worlds in this story; inside and outside the tower.

The inside world is where this story begins and it hints/tells/explains the outside world on several occasion but it’s not until the second half of the book we really see the outside world.

The inside world can also be divided into two; Eve and others. Eve is the main character in the book and all the world revolves around her. She is the only living fertile woman left on the planet and the world watch her like reality TV. Her world is fairly protective of obvious reasons. From Eves perspective we get to see what she sees and hear what she is told. Bram, on the other hand, is the other main character. He works on the lower floor as support staff for Eve. His world is centred around Eve (obviously) but his view on the world is different than Eve. He gets different information. We as readers, therefore, see two views of one world.

The world is slowly built up and ends on a high. It’s not dense nor difficult to follow but it can at times be limited and it can make the book/story feel smaller than it is. But that’s YA for you.


The Characters

It’s a dual perspective book between Eve and Bram.

Eve is the only living fertile woman on the planet and grows up in the tower protected from outsiders who she’s been told doesn’t always want what’s best for her. I really liked Eve. Its been a while since I’ve read a book with dual perspective and I wasn’t annoyed at the female character which was refreshing. She feels true to me and I could relate and sympathise with her. I felt every decision she made were sensible and logical. She isn’t completely naive or blind to her surrounding nor is she completely aware of all the evils of the world. To me, she is a normal teenager in a difficult situation.

Bram is a support staff employed in the tower. He is the same age as Eve and has grown up alongside her. He has always been there for her without her complete awareness of that fact. He is the hero but doesn’t do all the work himself and he doesn’t expect Eve to be incapable or stupid which I also really enjoyed.

I often feel that characters in YA books are too old for they apparent age. When they are supposed to be 16 or 18 they behave more as if they are 25. This book did not have that issue. There were teenage tantrum and naïve characters without being stupid. It made the story seem more real and relatable.

I enjoyed the romance part as well. It was intense but not overpowering. It was more a supportive kind of love than an all-consuming type. A healthy and good representation of love for teenagers 😁

LGBT+?

A little bit but not in the main story. In a world without females, males would automatically go somewhere else…


Writing

It was easy to read and I know the authors writing style from previous books. What I really enjoyed was the fact that I couldn’t tell them apart. If I didn’t know who wrote what I would never have been able to tell which indicates good editing and communication between authors (shouldn’t be difficult when you’re married…)

The book flows easily and there isn’t a lot of excessive words or complicated sentences. I very much enjoyed it and had no issues.


Summary

I had problems putting this book down and read it in two days. It was all-consuming and wonderful. It has been a while since I did that and I love it every time ❤️

The book raises an interesting feministic question of what we should do with the female body if the world was in need of re-populating; industrialise them or respect them and give them the freedom to choose?

I’m very much looking forward to the next instalment of this trilogy.


Have you read this? What did you think?

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3 thoughts on “Review – Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

  1. Holy crap, didn’t know this was a thing! Like, I knew Tom wrote those kids books, didn’t realize he and his wife were writing a YA book, how did I miss this??? I need to read this. (Also, yay McFly!! Another fan in the wild!)

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