Happy Sunday! Is there anything better than a lazy Sunday? I don’t think so. Since it is a Sunday it is time for another book review! whoop, whoop. This week it is for Eve Of Man by Tom and Giovanna Fletcher. Let’s do this!
I have read a book by each of these authors before and I really enjoyed both of them. so when I found out that they were joining forces and writing a YA novel together I knew that I had to get it and give it a go. And you know what, I am pleasantly surprised by it.
I sometimes feel that when two authors create a collaborative book their own personal styles can be lost along the way and that is why I tend not to gravitate towards these types of books very often, but I decided to give this one a chance as I do like both authors individually and I am very glad that I did. Both authors managed to somehow hold onto their own styles but also merge their style with each other’s as well. I was very impressed. I loved the fact that the story flowed so well but that you could still see both of styles. I don’t know if the writing flowed so well because their styles naturally work together or if it is because the duo are a married couple IRL, but whatever it was, it really worked.
And the story that this pair has come up with is brilliant. it is so original and unique. This is one of the most realistic dystopians that I have read in quite a while and is the first set in the UK that I have ever read. this feels like a future that is very close to the world that we currently live in, as terrifying as that is. I found it to be really easy to connect with the world because of that reason. All the technology is advance versions of what currently exists, the issues with the planet are intensified versions of current issues, the population mirrors our own. It is a very relatable world and I think a big part of that is because it is only set 50 odd years in the future.
I also found the storyline to be pretty interesting. It made me think about what I would do in that situation. What if I was the only girl born in 50 years? What choices would I make? What if I was just an average citizen in that time, how would I feel about Eve or the EPO? It just made me question myself and that is brilliant for a dystopian novel. That is what they are supposed to do but rarely actually achieve. I will admit that certain elements of the story where a bit predictable. You just knew that certain events where going to happen and certain relationships would be built, but there were still plot twists that took me by surprise. And for the most part the story felt pretty original and really did hold my attention.
For a first book in a trilogy, and a first step into dystopian for these authors, I was very impressed by this book. I will definitely be reading the rest of the trilogy as it comes out and I am really intrigued to see where the story goes.
4 out of 5
Have you read Eve Of Man yet? this book seems to be flying under the radar a bit, which is a shame. I have been quiet into dystopian recently, so do you have any recommendations for me? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.