REVIEW: Eve of Man (Eve of Man Trilogy #1) by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

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Eve of Man by Giovanna Fletcher

My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars

Length: 400 pages

Release date: 31 May 2018

Amazon UK | Amazon US

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?

**Mild spoilers below**

Eve of Man (2022) screenplay leaked

Eve: I live in a high tower where I’m the last girl alive and it’s my job to provide heirs for humanity. Three Potentials have been selected for me and I guess it’ll be Love Island where I choose one lucky stud.

Vivian: Not so fast!

Eve: Aw shucks, the first Potential threw up on me and the second Potential is trying to assassinate me! Guess I’d better run to safety! What’s this? Oh I know you, you have the same eyes as my virtual best friend Holly!

Bram: Eve! It’s me! I’ve been pretending to be a girl for years, but really I’m a hot guy. I have my own daddy issues but they’re not as important as YOU.

Eve: I’m in love with you!

Bram: I love you too! Let’s bang!

Vivian: Not so fast!

Eve: I don’t care what she says, I’m in love with you!

Bram: I love you too! Let’s bang!

Vivian: NOT SO FAST!

Eve: She’s threatening to, like lobotomise me if I don’t play by her rules, but I don’t care. I love you Bram!

Bram: I love you too! Let’s run away and bang!

Vivian: You’re all just puppets on my string and I will make you pay for your insubordination. MWAHAHAHAHA!

~fin~

Even discounting the instalove, this book is a melting pot of all the YA clichés everyone and their grandmothers has heard of.

  • The Very Special Girl (in this case, she really is Very Special) discovers that her whole perfect life was a lie.
  • Evil government at the top is evil just because.

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  • Ragtag resistance with inexplicably advanced tech and infrastructure hides out in an elaborate headquarters, waiting for the right time to strike. Speaking of which…
  • Let’s make a teenager the new leader of the resistance even though he just arrived and there are much more experienced, mature people around—he was obviously born to do this!

The result: Eve of Man‘s first half is unbearably boring, and the second half reads like one of those fantasies where terrorists invade your workplace/school and you singlehandedly take them all out. I’m not saying it’s impossible…but I am saying it’s easy to be sceptical.

I kind of want to give this novel a one star, but lately I read some books that were so repugnant I felt like my eyes were being eaten out by acid, so bearing in mind that those exist I need to exercise some restraint with my 1 stars. For all the stale tropes and instalove, Eve of Man doesn’t make me want to go out and buy a physical copy so that I can burn it.

But waiiiit you might say. The romance isn’t the main point of the book. That’s the deeper issues like autonomy, ethics and women’s rights right? Wrong. If you look at the cover and synopsis of this wonderful book it says clearly, ‘How do you choose between love and the future of the human race?’ Now this is an obvious choice to anyone with half a brain cell. Even the most fanatical supporters of YA dystopian romance (romantic dystopia?) should admit that saving eight billion people beats running off with the main character’s Romeo (and getting the mind-blowing orgasm that Dystopian EvilCorp has been keeping from her, cause damn is Eve wound tight).

But say you’re the author(s) of Eve of Man, and you need to sell the message that love conquers all. So what do you do? You sabotage the ‘future of the human race’ option, of course. In the end Eve really isn’t choosing between love and the future of the human race; she’s choosing between love and life as a brood mare for the Dystopian EvilCorp sorry, the Extinction Prevention Organisation, known by acronym EPO as all dystopian entities must be, and run by stone cold bitch Vivian Silva overseeing a cabal of evil mad scientists.

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On the subject of those scientists, there’s a bunch of weird talk about science being misguided whereas Mother Nature knows best. It’s oddly out of place and I can only wonder if it’s a reflection of the authors’ own beliefs, in the way that another (terrible) YA fantasy I read some time ago went to great lengths to show that climate change is a hoax. Seriously.

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What makes Eve of Man different from those Divergents, Matcheds and other Hunger Games wannabes is that it has a solid, thought-provoking premise. Sadly that’s just about the only good thing it has, which makes it even more of a disappointment when the whole thing is chucked down the drain in favour of lousy romantic angst. If you want a book that capitalises well on a Handmaid’s Tale kind of setting, go for Grace and Fury instead.

2 thoughts on “REVIEW: Eve of Man (Eve of Man Trilogy #1) by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

    1. To be fair, I often dislike books that turn out quite popular–don’t let one review stop you from checking out a book that you might like! I find that negative reviews can often be just as helpful in pushing me to read a book as positive ones, since there are certain things other reviewers dislike that I specifically know I’ll like.

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