So my 12 year old decided to order herself a book from someone on Etsy who sends you a book based on preferences that you put in, sort of like what a librarian would do. The book comes beautifully wrapped and, whoever this woman is, she does a great job. This book was the first book of its kind that we have received. E’s current preferences are YA romance and dystopia. She is completely in love with The Selection by Kiera Cass if that is any reference point. Anyway, the book that we received was called Eve of Man and I listened to the audiobook version before she got a chance to read the book. The 15 year old is also intrigued by this one.
Eve of Man by Giovanna Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a captivating read, or listen, that kept me wanting more. The reviewers were correct in saying that it is a cross between Handmaid’s Tale and Scythe. Giovanna Fletcher managed to incorporate the fear of what science I doing to us as a people and as a planet along with some of the ridiculous notions of how men can’t control themselves around women.
The story itself starts with the idea of women suddenly only giving birth to male children. Scientists get involved to help predict the sex of embryos and extra measures are taken with females, to no avail as all female fetuses self-abort. One couple manages to conceive and actually give birth to a girl child, Eve, who is supposed to save humanity. If only it were that simple.
I enjoyed reading it from both Eve and Bram’s perspectives. Brings up thoughts about people who claim to be helping but really have their own interests at heart. There is a lot about technology and what is real and what is illusion. All in all, a very good book.
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