Eve of Man

Eve of ManPRE ORDER EVE OF MAN, THE FIRST BOOK IN A BRAND NEW TRILOGY, JOINTLY WRITTEN BY BESTSELLING AUTHORS GIOVANNA TOM FLETCHER AGAINST ALL ODDS, SHE SURVIVEDE FIRST GIRL BORN IN FIFTY YEARSEY CALLED HER EVEE WORLD HAD WAITED FOR HER ARRIVAL WITH BATED BREATHShe Is The Last Girl On Earth, And All Her Life Eve Has Been Kept Away From The Opposite Sex Kept From The Truth Of Her PastE S THE ANSWER TO THEIR PRAYERS THEIR FINAL HOPEBut At Sixteen It S Time For Eve To Face Her Destiny Three Potential Males Have Been Selected For Her The Future Of The World Is In Her Hands She S Always Accepted Her FateEVE IS THE SAVIOUR OF HUMANITYUntil She Meets BramEve Wants Control Over Her Life She Wants FreedomI AM EVEHow Do You Choose Between Love And The Future Of The Human Race EVE OF MAN Is The First In An Explosive New Trilogy By Bestselling Authors Giovanna Tom Fletcher 3.5 to 4 The blurb intrigued me and my first thought was the incredible Children of Men The difference is in Children of Men no children had been born for eighteen years Whereas in Eve of Man it s been 50 years since the last baby girl was born.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 Prologue 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 than coincidence The Y chromosome was just making 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 Initially.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. 3.5 to 4 The blurb intrigued me and my first thought was the incredible Children of Men The difference is in Children of Men no children had been born for eighteen years Whereas in Eve of Man it s been 50 years since the last baby girl was born.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 Prologue 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 than coincidence The Y chromosome was just making 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 Initially.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. ARC BOOK REVIEWRelease Date 31 5 18This really appealed to me the idea of a dystopian landscape where female births have decimated to the point where the last XX Birth in fifty years is the honour of one young girl aptly name Eve.Unsurprisingly she is one hot commodity kept segregated from the common masses in the tower with the Mothers Aged woman who have made it there lives vocation to raise her.Eve is raised with the ideals that she alone is the last hope for humanity a heavy responsibility for any young girl.Her only companion aside from the mothers is Holly a kind of ready made best friend she s a sort of hologram run by three drivers one of whom is Bram.Bram and Eve, though they have never touched in person have sort of grown to adulthood side by side.Despite only interacting through Holly these two have learned to recognise each other.And it s not long before the deep feelings these two inspire in each other spill over into real time.So I did find this slightly disappointing sigh.Not much really happens in the first two thirds of this story, it s all Eve meeting the potentials and a whole lot of inner turmoil from both Bram and Eve and I did find things to be quite slow and plodding in nature a kind of slow build.This didn t work for me really and I found my attention at times drifting somewhat.Also, there s no real explanation for why things are the way they are which I found a rather perplexing fact.I felt this was a missed opportunity to further expand on this unique backdrop.So For me, this was all gearing up to be a 2.5 review then luckily things did kick up a notch going from snail pace to 100 MPH in ten seconds flat.What a relief, With this then upbeat in the storyline, things really did improve for me rescuing Eve Of Man and reinvesting me in the storyline.Eve herself finally becomes less of a victim and proactive in her own life her eyes are finally opened to what is actually occurring around her when she endeavours to break out of her bubble and take back some control of her own life.Bram also came into his own eventually as well, though I do feel that he took the scenic route rather than the main road but never mind the point is he gets there eventually.This is told in dual POV from Both Eve and Brams perspective and though there was a budding romance here this is a completely clean YA and the romance is of a secondary concern the main focus being on the underlying greater purpose and the breakdown in society..I also found this to be a very imaginative read, though I do think we are not giving the XY gene enough credit in regards to society s breakdown without the female input.Ultimately I will read book two as I do want to know where this is going but I m not sure how invested I am yet watch this space.Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Eve of Man Eve of Man Trilogy 1 of which I have reviewed voluntary.All opinions are entirely my own.Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.https www.facebook.com beckiebookworm www.beckiebookworm.com I wanted to like this book because I think Tom and Gi are fantastic people and I expected to like it because Gi is a talented adult writer However, I could not click with this book.The first half was okay From the first page, I was nervous it wasn t quite my taste The writing is very simplistic and abrupt but in a way that doesn t engage me The story is very much told to you so there s not a lot of clues you need to pay attention to and sadly, that left me bored At this point, though, it was a The second half changed things The story became fast paced but I felt unmoved by everything that was going on I didn t care about any of the side characters like Frost and I was waiting for Eve to become the badass I wanted her to be, but she never did The characters were stereotypical, the writing was boring and I ended up not caring about any of it at all.I understand that for the sake of the story, gender was going to have quite a narrow view It still made me sad that Eve is a damsel trapped in a tower and Bram is the macho guy on a mission to save her There s no thought to sexuality either, like, what if Eve was a lesbian No thought was put into the fact that LGBT characters could exist A sentence somewhere to acknowledge this would ve been nice The narrow worldview made me uncomfortable and added to the boring predictable elements that left me extremely disappointed with this story, I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.There are number of things in Eve of Man that left me feeling deeply uncomfortable, and that really took away any enjoyment I might have gotten from the story otherwise Before I get into why I disliked this book, first I want to acknowledge that there are fun sci fi concepts in here that I found imaginative and novel, and I especially liked how the futuristic technology is actually central to the plot There is also a believable romance between the two main characters This really matters because their relationship is the catalyst for change in this story, and therefore it has the power to make or break the book It made me happy that their romance was rooted in friendship and wasn t yet another case of insta love.I wasn t a huge fan of the writing style at first because all the sentence fragments irked the pedant in me The exposition is also pretty clumsy, and there are quite a few abrupt info dumps However, the flow of the narrative improves once the story really gets going, and in the end I didn t really mind it.What I did really mind, however, was the very black and white way the book depicts gender and sexuality On several occasions it suggests that men and women are somehow fundamentally different in their behaviour, and this is presented as something natural and innate I found this biological determinism frustratingly outdated and stifling The concept of the story would really allow for a deeper exploration of gender as a social construct and gender inequality, but it never really goes there Instead of taking the opportunity to challenge gender stereotypes, for the most part the story ends up enforcing them.Since even the cis, straight characters aren t explored in any real depth, it shouldn t be surprising that the book doesn t acknowledge that queer people exist, but I was still disappointed by it You d think this dystopian world that is obsessed with reproduction and biological sex would be especially bleak for LGBTQ people, and it is a glaring oversight that this doesn t even get an offhand mention somewhere.Our main character Eve is a fairly typical YA protagonist in that she is breathtakingly beautiful There s nothing wrong with that, but the disturbing side effect of the world building is that every man on the planet is uncontrollably lusting after her, and this hints at a constant underlying threat of sexual violence Honestly, the majority of the male characters just about go insane with lust when they even see a glimpse of a woman, be it real or a hologram The men in Eve s universe are driven by their hormones, and only their good, virtuous nature stops them from taking advantage of her This suggests that if any were actually to assault Eve, it wouldn t really be their fault because they are simply acting out their biological urges That is such a creepy message to let go under the radar in a YA book that I was really taken aback by it Even though Eve s romantic interest, Bram, is all around sweet and respectful towards her, he treats the other men s lecherous behaviour either as a joke or as a minor annoyance and never speaks out to challenge their views Another thing that irritated me about Bram was how obsessed he is with physical strength and how he looks down on anyone less fit than him He constantly jokes at the expense of an overweight man he meets later in the story and also makes some condescending remarks about his best friend I would be fine with this if it was treated as a character flaw, but the way it is written invites the reader to laugh at these characters with him I didn t join in because I don t find haha, he s so fat to be particularly witty or funny.The last point I want to make is a minor grievance compared to the other ones, but I was also baffled by Eve s and Bram s strange anti science attitude The mystical, romantic powers that they attribute to Mother Nature seem pretty anachronistic given that the highly technological environment they grew up in is all they have ever known To be fair this isn t really discussed in any detail, but the false dichotomy still annoyed me Science isn t the opposite of nature it is the study of nature Argh This is only the 1st book in a trilogy and the issues I ve raised might be addressed in the later books However, unfortunately Eve of Man has not made me want to read the rest of the series. I guess reality is just the world with which we are presented I AM OBSESSED A million stars Eve of Man is going to be one of my highlights of 2018 I started it yesterday and I only put it down because I was half asleep The synopsis already sounded very engaging to me, I love books about future worlds and this one I liked very much.I received an ARC via netgalley for an honest review and I m so happy and thankful that I got the chance to read it It ll be published on May 31, 2018 From the synopsis we know that Eve, the first girl born in fifty years, has been kept away from the opposite sex all her life When three potential man have been selected for her, nothing goes as it should And then she meets Bram If you want to get blind into the book, stop reading her Well not exactly Bram, actually she meets Holly You ll probably be confused now, what nonsens is this girl talking about Let me explain The best way to create a connection to Eve and know her thoughts, would be If she had a friend But how can you get a friend for a girl who s the last rescue for the human world A girl who lives in a Dom at the highest point of a tower, so she ll be kept safe Riiiiiiiight, you create one So Holly is being controlled by three different pilotes who navigate her, they talk to Eve and make her feel comfortable One of them is Bram, he has been taken from his mother by his super intelligent scientist father and lived in the tower since then Bram get s to know Eve as a child, when he himself was one and after a certain time she starts to favour him instead of the other two pilots, she recognises his eyes behind Hollys fassade I love love loved the idea behind this novel, but have to admit the reactions of man towards Eve were pretty horrific Some of them never have seen a woman they were not allowed to visit public places and were kept save and are terrified when they see Eve for the first time There is a solider who s tempted by Eve, so I ll warn you that there s the idea of rape forming in his mind, but he doesn t do it If you want to avoid any mention of it, you now have been warned We don t get to see much of the world outside of the dome, but that didn t bother me There will be further books in this series and I m curious how things will play out What I liked about this book I enjoy the dystopian genre very much, also post apocalyptic worlds etc and especially ones with good ideas The book was special in its scheme as well as in its writing style, we got to read from two POV s Bram and Eve I admired that very much, because I got drawn into the story and could sympathize with both of them, especially with Eve She was separated from the rest of the world and never had the chance to meet new people and make friends, I was so sad when she was screaming alone in her room after what has been done to her I loved every part of this book and look forward to read the second one I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Bold, imaginative and cinematic but a few question marks over the credibility of the plot.Yes, it s a dystopian book And let s face it, there are rather a few of them around at the moment However, this definitely stood out from the crowd, thanks to its inventive approach and strong, confident writing Eve is the last young female on earth As this statement implies, the human race has pretty much wrecked itself, and for some reason, women stopped producing female babies a while back This left humanity in a dire situation, with only one woman to hopefully produce women As such, Eve is hidden away from the world in a strange high tower building called The Dome She s protected, yet isolated, with only a hologram of Holly to act as her friend Ironically, Holly is activated by a male called Bram Even ironically, they fall in love and that s when things start getting very interesting Without giving too much away, Bram s on a mission to rescue Eve from the cruel situation she s in but make no mistake, the people of the Dome aren t going to make it easy for him, or the other freevers What I really liked about this book was the moral dilemma at the centre of it Is it acceptable to keep a girl locked up for the greater good Is it right to treat her like a breeding cow And what methods of generating further females are permissible I also loved the set up itself There was something very eerie about the concept of a huge dome, towering over the rest of the messed up population this weird little place that should be paradise, were it not all completely artificial Likewise, the characters were good fun relatable, interesting and certainly not too cliched apart from the bad guy Vivian I really wanted to know her back story but the book never quite got there One thing that stopped me giving this a full five stars was the problematic plot itself I couldn t quite comprehend that humanity would ever get to the point where only one woman of child bearing age existed How would this situation arise Wouldn t be done before it ever got to this state Whilst I appreciated the drama of the idea, it felt a little too far fetched for comfort Likewise this whole they just wanted Eve to gain power plot line We ve seen that one in other books I wanted something fresh Why couldn t it genuinely be a case that they thought they were helping humanity That would have added a fresh layer of moral ambiguity that would have been interesting However, I do accept that this genre often veers into the far fetched, and in this case, it wasn t to the detriment of my overall enjoyment I definitely had my nose stuck right into it throughout. THAT ENDING THOUGH I NEED MORE I haven t read a young adult dystopian novel in a very long time I got so fed up of the very twee love angles that every author threw in and as a woman in her mid 40 s I wanted out of a book which is fine, they re not written for me I choose this to have another try simply because of the authors and it hasn t really made me want to start reading these books again I found it to be a book of two halves and I didn t really enjoy the first half I felt it took too long to get going, there was a lot of descriptions that weren t needed and that could ve been spent on world building and telling me why we had a dystopian future Why did girls stop being born Why did Mother Nature feel a need to wipe out one half of society The second half is much high octane and for me enjoyable as our hero escapes from the Dome and joins in with the band of rebels and mounts various rescue attempts With regards to the world the Dome Tower that the elite live in is very cold and feels quite clinical There s nothing to suggest anyone there is happy and I found it hard to get a measure of the place I wanted but I understand why it was like that In comparison, despite the world having been destroyed by all those men left behind with no women, the outside feels much real Maybe it s because we find out it s based in London and in the area I work when I m at my head office I found it very easy to picture and be attracted to I didn t hate it but it s not a book I can rave about I do think the trilogy has potential though It has whet my appetite enough that I will probably get the next installment to see what happens next.

www.giovannasworld.com, or her Twitter page mrsgifletcherBilly and Me is Giovanna s debut novel.

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  • Hardcover
  • 451 pages
  • Eve of Man
  • Giovanna Fletcher
  • 21 June 2019
  • 9781984830111

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