Here’s a long overdue, spoiler-free review of Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher…
Book: Eve of Man
Author: Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
Pages: 400 (Hardback)
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopia/Science Fiction
Age Recommendation: 12+
Publisher: Michael Joseph
“’Any future is better than none at all.’ (…) ‘Is it?‘”
Eve is the first female born in 50 years. She’s the saviour the whole world has been waiting for. For her own protection, Eve is separated from the opposite sex until her 16 birthday, at this time she will meet and choose a potential male that has been selected for her. She’s always accepted that this is her fate. But then she meets Bram. Suddenly Eve opens her eyes to the world around her. She wants answers, she wants freedom and Bram is determined to help.
When Gi and Tom announced they would be writing a book together I was pretty excited. I’m already and fan of both of theirs and have loved Gi’s books for a while. Here’s a little photo from when I met her last January…
She is so welcoming and sweet, she brightened everyone’s day. How could I not preorder Eve of Man? Gi’s other books are more romance based and targeted at women so I was quite excited to read her take on young adult science fiction. I was also interested to see how the story would flow having been written by 2 authors!
I know you should never judge a book by its cover but look, it’s beautiful!
By this point, I was worried I was setting my expectations too high. But you know what? Eve of Man had me hooked from the beginning. The story alternates between Eve and Bram’s point of view, flowing smoothly and allowing you to be one step ahead of Eve a lot of the time. This really helps you feel Bram’s urgency and Eve’s desperation for answers.
The characters are strong, loveable and we spend enough time with them both to care about them equally. Despite spending so much time in Eve’s home, we still get a growing sense of life outside the dome that makes you want to know more. For me, the only reason it isn’t a five star is because the language and the story is quite simple and to-the-point and I just don’t feel like that’s neccassary for a sci-fi novel. I’d love for the rest of the series to challenge me a bit and keep me asking questions!
Eve of Man is a dystopian novel and there is a LOT of those these days so it is difficult not to start comparing it to other series. But for me, this one definitely stood out from the crowd. I’d love to see a bit more depth in the second book and learn more about the outside world and the effect Eve’s birth had on the people. But after reading Eve of Man I’m confident that the Fletcher’s have something great planned and I am so excited to see where the story goes next!