Today, I want to tell you all about Giovanna and Tom Fletcher’s latest novel, Eve of Man!
Well, not all about it exactly… I will try my best to refrain from spoilers.
I was unbelievably excited about getting my hands on this book. I have followed Giovanna and Tom on social media for a long time now and I adore their outlook on life, their family values and down-to-earth personalities. They each have their own respective works, but Eve of Man stands proudly their first collaboration and, if I’m being honest, I thought it sounded absolutely amazing from the very first moment they announced its existence.
I genuinely felt myself skipping into Waterstones on its publication day with a smile on my face. What I didn’t realise before was that…
- It’s actually considered a Young Adult book
- It is hardback! I assumed it would be paperback, for some unknown reason
It immediately encourages you to throw the saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ straight out of the window as this is a book you WANT to judge by its cover. It is beautiful, both with and without its sleeve, as you can see…
Across the back, we are given:
Against all odds, she survived. The first girl born in fifty years. They called her Eve.
With this synopsis lying inside the jacket:
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?
Thus, we have a dystopian novel, peering into the future and questioning multiple potentials. Not only is the world suffering from immense global warming through the overconsumption of fossil fuels, but a baby girl has, for some unknown reason, not been born for the last fifty years. Without any young and fertile females, the human race is facing extinction. That is only until, however, a miracle unfolds that everyone has been waiting for; the birth of Eve.
Through the use of dual narration, we follow Eve’s journey to maturity as she is removed from her parents and controlled by greater power, the EPO – or Extinction Prevention Organisation. She is kept secluded and ‘protected’ as she is now perceived as the most important human on earth; she is their ‘saviour to humanity’. Desperate for her to reproduce as soon as she is able in order to prolong the existence of the human race, we are exposed to the control and domination forced upon Eve. As secrets unfold and questions arise as a result of her growth, she becomes aware of her own exploitation and eventually begins to fight back.
It is indeed a futuristic tale, which ultimately becomes entwined with a developing love story. With this unique plot and the confident storytelling, the novel stands out among the wave of dystopian ones on the market at the moment. I admittedly struggled to put it down and finished it within a couple of days. Yet, thankfully, it is part of a trilogy so I can look forward to the plot developing!
All in all, I did really enjoy this book. It was a simple read (most likely because of its intended audience), yet a very captivating and exciting one. I reckon it would make an unbelievable film, too. If you fancy an easy-going but pretty amazing novel, I’d recommend you pick this one up for your summer read!
You can buy yours with this link – and with free delivery!