“I guess reality is just the world with which we are presented.” ― Giovanna and Tom Fletcher (Eve of Man)
Title: Eve of Man
Author: Tom and Giovanna Fletcher
Publication date: 31st May 2018
My rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 4.22
Genre: Young Adult (YA)/ Sci-Fi
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The quote chosen above is my favourite from the book.
*Trigger Warnings – attempted rape, experiments on unborn children, violence and murder, talks of infertility and miscarriage *
AGAINST ALL ODDS, SHE SURVIVED.
THE FIRST GIRL BORN IN FIFTY YEARS.
THEY CALLED HER EVE…
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?
Overall opinion of the book:
I was completely blown away by how fantastic Eve of Man was, it was everything I thought it would me and SO much more. If you’re not familiar with this book, it’s co-written by Husband and wife Gi and Tom. Giovanna writes from the perspective of Eve and Tom, Bram. During their panel at YALC, they explained that they came up with the overall idea of the story and brief outline of the chapters together, but wrote completely separately. This helped to give Eve and Bram the distinctive voices they had. At first I thought this approach to co-writing may have hindered the process, but it was so successful.
The overall plot was fantastic and so unlike anything I’ve previously read. If you enjoyed the film, The Truman Show, you will probably enjoy this book as it shares some similar elements. There were constant twists and turns throughout that I didn’t expect to happen at all. The world outside of the tower where Eve lives reminded me of one of my all time favourite games Fallout 3, as it had a lot of dystopian vibes. The complete contrast of life inside the tower, compared to outside was so fascinating. Though there are many Sci-Fi elements to Eve of Man, it’s set in a dystopian future, rather than space and is pretty realistic. If you’re not a huge lover of Sci-Fi, you’ll still enjoy this book!
I was a little apprehensive that I wouldn’t enjoy Bram’s chapters as much as Eve’s as I already knew I loved Gi’s writing style, but had yet to read anything written by Tom.I actually loved Tom’s writing style and arguably preferred Bram’s chapters over Eve’s, although both were equally interesting and engaging.
In regards to spelling, punctuation and grammar, it was flawless. Both authors characterisations were brilliant and I really liked Bram. Eve’s character is very naive and oppressed to begin with, but by the end of the novel she embodies female empowerment and becomes a kick ass woman. The other characters I particularly liked were Bram’s work partner and the mothers that take care of Eve in the tower, they all play pivotal roles in the plot.
What I will say is that I didn’t actually realise the book was set in London until around halfway through when Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are mentioned. From other reviews I have read, I know that many people were disappointed by the lack of LGBTQIA+ representation in the book as the notion of Eve being attracted to the same sex wasn’t explored at all.
I did feel as though the book started off a little slowly, but considering all that needed to be explained to readers and given that this is the first book in a trilogy, I didn’t mind. The pace significantly picks up in the second part of the novel and is action packed.
I absolutely loved this book and I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series. I thought it was a fantastic read and would definitely recommend it. It’s easily of my favourite books of 2018 as it has everything I enjoy in a book; action, suspense, a great story line and romance. The only problem with a great first book in a series is the long wait to read the next books!
You would never be able to tell that this was co-written as it reads flawlessly. The characterisation and world building was brilliant and it’s made me interested in reading more co-written books.
Meeting Gi and Tom at YALC 2018:
As you probably may have guessed by now, Tom and Gi are two of my favourite people; they’re so lovely, down to Earth and inspirational. Since I was a child I loved listening to McFly and then when McBusted formed a few years ago I was so excited. I’ve seen McFly live four times (two when they toured with Busted) and also McBusted twice. I love Gi’s books, my favourite being Dream a Little Dream. If you’ve not read it before, I would highly recommend it. It’s an adult chick-lit.
They are both so incredibly talented at everything they do. I’ve watched their YouTube videos for a good few years now, especially their Dear Carrie ones. They are filmed between Gi, Tom and Tom’s sister Carrie, who’s also an actor, author and YouTuber. You can check out their channels here if you’re interested:
In their videos and interviews I’ve watched they both seem so genuine and lovely and I was a little nervous that this wouldn’t be the case in real life. Often the people you look up to the most are completely different and you’re left slightly deflated and disappointed.
Recently I experienced this with a member of Busted. I won’t mention the name of the band member, but he had always been my all time favourite. When I saw them live as a child I even made a gigantic poster with his name on it. When I actually came into contact with him during their last UK tour in Newport I was left so disappointed. He refused to acknowledge me, even though there was no other fans around and he wasn’t busy at the time. He didn’t even smile or wave when he heard me say hello and deliberately walked away dropping his half smoked cigarette. I thought this was a little rude. What could have been the most amazing experience left me quite upset as it only takes a second to smile at someone, especially when that person has paid to see your show and has supported you for years.
I’d always thought this person would have been nice and when he wasn’t I thought that perhaps all of the members of Busted and McFly were the same. I could not have been so wrong however. Tom was so lovely and welcoming at both the panel and the signing. He’d returned from a long trek in Transylvania the day before and must have been exhausted, but he didn’t let this affect his attitude towards his readers. He was engaging and so friendly. Gi was absolutely lovely too, even though she was heavily pregnant and currently in the middle of her own book tour, she was really warm and welcoming. When she signed my copy of Dream a Little Dream she was so nice about it.
I was number 153 in the queue and didn’t think I would be able to meet them, but I did and I was so happy with the experience. They’re exactly like they are in their videos and are so down to earth and friendly. It definitely made my TALC experience all the better. 😊
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