*Just a gentle note, this post may contain spoilers!*
First things first: I hate YA novels about dystopian futures. They bore the socks of me. I could never get into The Hunger Games (book and film), Divergent, etc. They’re just not for me. This is what I first thought when I saw Giovanna & Tom Fletcher were writing a YA dystopian novel. I’m a huge fan of Giovanna’s books (I’ve read all of them and loved them) and I’m always a fan of Tom too, so I thought why not give it a go? The story sounded interesting, I’m a huge fan of theirs and the cover looked gorgeous.
So, what is Eve of Man about? Well, to be honest, it took me a few reads of the blurb to actually get the gist of it, but this is what it says:
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 chose between love and the future of the human race?
All rather interesting, isn’t it? Like I said, I hate dystopian novels but this book? I was engrossed by it right by the first page. It’s a brilliant read and I think people will be put of by the YA tag on this book. It’s a read that captivates you, draws you in, makes you want to care for these characters and the story. The book is a lot more than that blurb too, a lot more. It’s impossible to talk too much about it because it really needs to be read to make sense. You wouldn’t get the enjoyment out of it.
I really did love this book. A lot. I was reading it until my eyes finally gave up and sleep called me. Giovanna and Tom have created a beautiful ensemble of characters, notably our leads: Eve and Bram. They are the core of the story, the heart of it. Especially Eve. Giovanna writes Eve with such warmth and innocence and care. She really draws you in to the mindset of Eve as she deals with everything going on around her. Just like in her own novels, the writing of Eve feels personal. She’s more than just a character on the page: you can see her, playing with her Rubik’s Cube, on the drop. I felt every emotion of Eve and was cheering her along the way. Just like the leading hero of a YA dystopian novel should be, right? Tom also writes the character of Bram in such an endearing way. Bram is my favourite character, I think. I just felt sorry for him. I really enjoyed that Bram wasn’t the typical masculine hero, he had his flaws, he wasn’t perfect but he had a good heart. We see him transform not just from a boy to a man but to a leader. I imagine it’s incredibly hard writing two characters at the heart of a dystopian novel because we have to care for them, we have to root for them and cheer them on. And Eve and Bram are exactly that. We cheer them on, we root for them, we scream at them when thing’s go wrong. We are on their side.
This book is incredibly cleverly plotted, too. There’s so much going on in this book to dissect. So many beautiful ideas, characters and plot points to talk about. One of my favourites is the Mothers. Right from when they first appeared, I was instantly drawn to them. I thought this was a clever plot-line in relation to Eve. I found them so captivating to read and instantly wanted to read more about them. The plot with the Freevers was really good too and really interesting in comparison to the perfect and idyllic nature of the Dome/Tower.
I also really loved the whole thing with Holly. I don’t want to go into too much detail but I thought this was rather clever. I found the chapter of the whole setting up of Holly really interesting and my eyes didn’t move from the page. I was hooked. Like I said, I thought it was really bloody clever by Gi and Tom. Genius.
Like I said, there are some great characters in this book, not just Eve and Bram. Hartman is adorable and a great companion for Bram and it was a joy to read their relationship develop as the story progressed. There’s also a really great villain in the form of Vivian Silva (plus – what a great name!). She was the perfect villain for me, not too much but enough at the same time. She was complex, she had layers and I’m sure we’re going to learn more about her. One of my other favourite things about this book was the relationship between mother and father with their child: Eve and the history of her parents/Eve and the Mothers/Eve and Vivian/Bram with his mother and of course, the relationship between Bram and his father. What’s going on there?! These relationships each had something different with them and were very complex, especially Bram and his father. That scene!
When I was reading this book, all I could think about was the episode of Doctor Who, ‘A Good Man Goes to War’ in Series 6. I saw this especially with Eve and River Song – so interesting. I also got Madame Kovarian vibes as Vivian Silva reminded me of her. I still have that episode of Doctor Who in my mind.
Of course, YA novels are very popular in films – just look at the success of The Hunger Games! And I think very soon Eve of Man will follow suit and head to the big screens. The story is so visual anyway that it just naturally leads itself to the big screen. Looks like I do like dystopian novels, after all…
Eve of Man is the first of a trilogy by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher and I can’t wait to see what happens to Eve and Bram next… can you?
Have you read Eve of Man yet? What did you think? Are you excited for the rest of the trilogy? Let me know in the comments!