‘Eve of Man’ Book Review
‘Eve of Man’ by Tom and Giovanna Fletcher
Publication date: 31st May 2018
All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept away 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?
‘Eve of Man’ is the first in an explosive new trilogy by bestselling authors Tom and Giovanna Fletcher.
At the beginning of June, I jumped on a train to London and went to the book signing for ‘Eve of Man’, by Tom and Giovanna Fletcher! Yes, I was majorly fan-girling. The event lasted a couple of hours as the authors gave an insight into their writing process, writing a book together as a married couple –whilst balancing their responsibilities as parents– and of course the new experience of writing a Young Adult fiction novel. After the event was over, I was of course all revved up to go home and read it. Due to my ever-growing ‘to be read’ pile of books, it’s taken me until the end of June to finally get around to it.
I started this book downstairs sitting with the fam-bam, and by the time I had started reading the second chapter, I had migrated to the garden with a blanket and a cuppa – I knew very quickly that this was going to be a book that required no interruptions. I was hooked, don’t you just love books that can do that? If it wasn’t for my dog begging me to play fetch with her every two minutes, or other obstacles – like socialising- then I firmly believe that I could have finished this in one sitting (pee-breaks obviously not included).
I’ve been asking myself why I just couldn’t seem to leave it alone, I mean I did have some issues with the storyline, but for the most part I was absorbed. Aside from the fact that the storyline is very dystopian- I love me some dystopian fiction- with subtle elements of classics such as ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘1984’, the characterisation and juicy plot-twists kept me wanting to know the real story. I love the Science vs Nature theme that runs throughout the novel, and the title itself has religious connotations – I’m trying not to drop spoilers here guys- it’s like nature has failed, and so science must take over. When certain discoveries are made, a whole new depth is added to the characters and narrative, and hopefully it’s something the authors will explore more later on.
The book is split between two narratives: Eve and Bram. Tom writes the voice of Bram, and Gi writes for Eve – which if you ask me, really comes through! Eve has a very poetic way of speaking, giving the sense that she’s old before her time – given her situation, that’s obviously to be expected. Tom’s silly and bubbly personality shines through in Bram, along with a sensitivity that I think results from the nature of Bram’s job. I am super glad they decided to write in this way, because I don’t think I would have enjoyed the book as much if it were just from the perspective of Eve. Don’t get me wrong, I love Eve as a character, she certainly has fire, but there were times when I just wanted to give her a little pep-talk like: ‘Open your eyes woman, take control!’
Bram gives a fun and cheeky element to the book, he has faults – who doesn’t?– but I found myself rooting for him the entire time. The depth of his character is so layered, and I would have loved for there to have been more on both the emotional and psychological aspects to his job – read the book, it’s a lot to ask of a sixteen year old! The combination of narratives gives a really sweet balance.
The relationship between Eve and Bram is so organic; without giving too much away, their connection is founded on such a strong emotional level, waaaaaay before the physical side comes into play. For Bram, this is the first female his age that he’s come into contact with, likewise for Eve, she’s never been given the chance to connect with another person her age before. Their meeting raises questions about the life they know, and begins the fight for truth, and their right to have freedom of choice.
As I was reading, there were a couple of moments that made me think that Tom and Gi were going to touch on LGBT themes, and found myself quite disappointed that they didn’t, actually! It would have made complete sense given the friendship and closeness that Eve shares with a certain character, that I don’t want to talk too much about because I know that I’m going to spoil something – can you tell that I’m scared of being a spoiler?- and added extra depth to the story.
Many questions were left unanswered, so I guess it’s a good thing that it’s a trilogy – we’ll forgive you this time Tom and Gi!– and if you follow the couple on their social media platforms, you’ll know that book two is being written as I type!
Overall I give this a rating of:
The premise is unique, and it has all the elements of a good dystopian novel. As I said, there were some questions left unanswered and area unexplored, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see if it’s covered in book two!
I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking to become a part of, what I’m sure is going to be a very popular series, remember good old ‘Twilight Fever’?! In all seriousness, although this is marketed as a YA fiction novel, there were tonnes of men and women at the book signing of all ages! This could be one to take away on your holidays for poolside-chill-time, or to maybe get lost in while you’re taking your lunch-break at work!
If you like this book, I recommend:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
1984 by George Orwell
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Lilith’s Brood by Ocativa E. Butler