Eve Of Man, written by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher, is a post-apocalyptic young-adult novel about a world full of men, elderly women, and one ‘eligible’ female called Eve.
Although the premise sounded a little young for my usual taste, I ended up thoroughly enjoying the read. However, I had a lot of issues with the story plot, general predictiveness, and the main protagonist Eve. The story was overall a decent, quick read, however, there was nothing challenging story, plot, or character wise. Even a lot of the plot ‘twists’ were predictable or foreshadowed badly, making them easy to unravel long before they happened.
Eve as a whole wasn’t a very exciting main character. Oddly, she even felt like a prop most of the time, as though she were simply there to progress the plot that revolved around Bram and his world, rather than around Eve’s world. Often Eve made odd choices and decisions, which could have made her seem human, but instead made her seem selfish, dramatic, and rude.
Bram, on the other hand, was a more enjoyable character, one I thoroughly looked forward to following throughout his chapters. I loved his reactions to Eve and his thoughts about the world. Bram was a lot more unpredictable and his chapters often saved the general direction and excitement of the book.
Their relationship together was very clean and pure and happened so quickly that it felt more like a teenage whirlwind infatuation. One look, one touch and they were both declaring love for each other. In a sense, I wished their relationship was slightly more slow-burn and that [SPOILER] Bram had saved Eve simply due to his sense of duty more than his love for her. Some could argue that is what he currently did, but I believe his romantic infatuation for her (and her impending pregnancy) was a major driving factor behind his actions more than simply his sense of justice.
The book was a fun read altogether, however, it is missing some fundamental character development and plot progressions which make it seem oddly lackluster right to the last predictable page. With all that said, I would still read the second book to see where the story goes and how the characters progress.