I have finished this book earlier this month and I’m still not sure how I feel about the whole concept, so I figured I might as well write a review about it, to just talk and share my thoughts! (To be fairly honest, I was planning on making this article right away, but it just didn’t happen, so here we go.)
Title: Eve of Man
Authors: Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi/Dystopia
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Warning: May contain spoilers!
Basically, Eve of Man is a YA dystopia about a girl called Eve, who is the first girl to be born in 50 years. Raised apart from everyone else (among women who at this point of the story are all about 70) she is the only hope that the human race has to survive. She feels like she doesn’t have much of a choice. Until she meets Bram by accident. Until things are unveiled, and she realises… Is humanity worth saving after all?
I guess that’s a question for the sequel…
Before I delve any further into my ramble, I just wanted to point out that I read this book mainly because I got an ARC upon the French release (which was beginning of February) and I have to admit it got me really curious. And in addition to that, it’s also a fairly recent release and I like reading books that were released recently because it somehow makes me feel like I have it together so there’s that… ANYWAY.
While I did like the concept, I feel like I still had too many questions to fully understand it. I know, I know, I could have just accepted the whole thing — and I did. Okay, she was the first girl to be born in 50 years. But how is she supposed to repopulate the Earth ALL BY HERSELF? She can’t be the only mother, we all know that is not going to work. That never really made sense to me. Although some things were explained LATE in the book in terms of scientific experiments (which were to be expected although a sheltered Eve would not have seen it coming) I was still relatively skeptic.
A high fantasy with magical creatures? Yes of course, I can picture that. A world where a girl hasn’t been born for 50 years? Sorry, I don’t buy it. I guess that’s my bad. I feel like I was catapulted into this universe without enough world building. The information arrived too late into the book. (Or maybe I have become too picky when it comes to YA dystopia…)
I don’t know, this book left me frustrated, and I just wanted to put it out there. So here goes. Have you read Eve of Man as well? If you have, please feel free to share your thoughts with me, I would love to discuss it! Will I pick up the sequel? Probably at some point, because I have to admit that I am still really curious as to what will happen next. I feel like maybe the first book was too slow, although the concept definitely has potential!
I am also very curious to see how they will develop the concept of Eve being attracted to Bram fully knowing that he is Holly, and also being attracted to Holly when she knows that he is a part of her? I don’t know, that was weird and at the same time gave me strong bisexual vibes (but maybe I’m the only one) which is ironic considering that Eve is, after all, the last woman on Earth. But I’m rambling, and I shall see what happens in the future when the next book is released!
Overall, I was not entirely sold on this book, but I’m still curious as to what will happen next. There you have it.