Wednesday 5 September 2018

Book Review: Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

Last Updated: 03 August 2021

Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher book cover


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?

As regular readers will know, it's no secret that I love Young Adult fiction and I am big fans of Tom and Giovanna Fletcher. McFly have been my favourite band for years and I have followed the boys' journey from musicians to dads to working on different projects.

And of those different projects, Eve of Man was definitely up there with the list of books I couldn't wait to get my hands on.

Although Tom and Gi are both bestselling authors in their own right (Tom with children's books and Giovanna with contemporary romance novels) this was the first time the pair came together to write as a duo. Eve of Man is a dystopian Young Adult novel - a far cry from both Tom and Gi's literary comfort zones, so was this bold move a success?

Eve of Man was brilliant - a real page-turner that I simply couldn't put down. The plot, the characters, the concept itself... All contributed to its irresistible pull that made me keep turning page after page.

Although I personally find that dystopian fiction can be a bit hit or miss, Eve of Man was so expertly crafted that I forgot all of my misgivings and fell in love with the book. The book has two main characters who both narrate separate chapters in equal measure. Eve's chapters are written by Gi, whereas Bram's are written by Tom. This clear distinction helps to cement the characters' unique voices and really adds to the authenticity of the storyline. It's also a really interesting way of working, as multiple authors working on a single project always find innovative ways of writing.

The plot is fast-paced, injected with just enough suspense and excitement to keep you interested and engaged without overdoing things. As more twists and turns are revealed, you find yourself rooting for Eve and Bram and willing them to succeed - it truly is a love story like no other.

I was lucky enough to get to meet Tom and Gi at YALC back in July, where they signed my copy of the book and also answered my question during the Eve of Man talk. It was an incredible experience getting to meet two of my biggest idols and now I will treasure my copy of the book even more.

Rating: 5 stars

Eve of Man is available to buy now.

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Have you read Eve of Man? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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