Saturday, 7 July 2018

Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

Eve of Man
by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher


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?
It took me a long time to get through this book. I started reading it before the release date and it took me until today to finish it, so 1-2 months. In the end, I will say I did quite like it though and it did leave me wanting to read the sequel -- just getting that out of the way now because the review will probably be more negative than positive.

There were parts of the book I really enjoyed and loved reading and for the most part, I did really like the main characters. I loved Eve's relationship with the Mothers and the version of London in the story was fun to imagine.The concept was intriguing and elements of the world really interested me, but then there was quite a lot of it that dragged. Bit's that were boring and too slow paced, bits that felt rushed (the contrast between the slow/rushed bits made it worse).

There were some things I wish they had explored or acknowledged more -- like Eve's sexuality. The book strongly hints that she's pansexual (or bisexual but the way it was presented in the book seemed like pansexuality) and I loved that but it was never really acknowledged. As it is, I don't even know if the Fletcher's intended to write Eve as pansexual or not or if it was an accident of plot convenience.

Suspension of disbelief was difficult too, especially when it came to the fertility stuff (more the way they went about dealing with it and that fact that it was never really acknowledged that it's the genes of the sperm that determines the sex of a child, not the egg from the women, but the testing seemed to only be done on the women and there wasn't really any talk of deliberately implanting only female embryos via IVF or anything in the 50 or so years that the story takes place in).

On one hand, I get that to an extent it's an unreliable narration, in the sense that the characters only know what they've been told, but it was still frustrating.

I wasn't fond of the sort of preachy aspect of Eve's narration in the latter part of the book, it seemed weirdly out of place in the story and for that character given the world she was raised in. And Bram's part of the story was a bit too effortless, everything would fall into place a little too easily.

Basically, the story was pretty good overall. It was entertaining but lagged in certain parts. If you like stories where the science is very sound and believable and makes sense, maybe give this one a miss, but if you're just in it for a fun dystopian read with similar themes to The Handmaid's Tale without all the darkness, then this is a good choice.

For the sequels, I'm hoping for a bit more to the scientific side of things and a bit more of Eve figuring out who she is and her sexuality. I'm pretty sure I know what one of the big plot twists of the next book will be too, so I'm excited to find out if I'm right or not.

I'd rate the book 3 out of 5 stars.



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