Narrator: Charlotte Ritchie, Josh Dylan
Also by this author: Billy and Me, Christmas With Billy and Me
Series: Eve of Man #1
Published by Penguin on 31st May 2018
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, YA Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 11 hours and 29 minutes
Source: from the Library
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?
I am a big fan of Giovanna’s work. I also love YA dystopian books. So when I heard about this book I knew I had to add it to my ever-growing TBR. My BF bought me a hardback copy which sadly sat on my shelf for a lot of months. I then noticed there was an audiobook version, in my library so I borrowed it via Borrowbox.
Firstly the narrators of this book are fantastic. They are engaging and get the tone just perfect. I found them very easy to listen to.
Now onto the story. Well, the blurb really is interesting. One girl born in 50 years. ONE in FIFTY years. If that ever happened I don’t know how the human race would actually respond but the response in this book is a pretty good one.
Eve has been separated for her protection. She lives in The Dome. The Dome has everything that Eve needs but she is only allowed to interact with women. The mothers have volunteered themselves to look after Eve and prepare her for the day that she will meet the potentials and eventually reproduce.
Eve has always had best friend Holly with her. Holly is actually a VR program which three different boys run. Bram is one of these three boys. Eve has always opened up to Bram’s Holly the most so he tens to get the ‘missions’ which are the most interesting rather than attending the duller aspects like the classes.
The story flicks between Eve and Bram’s POV. Tom and Giovanna do an excellent job of making sure the story flows. I saw Giovanna at an event last summer and I remember Giovanna complaining that Tom finished his chapters so quickly but you cannot tell. The switch between the POVs is seamless.
Most of the story is in ‘The Dome’ but we did get to see some glimpses of the outside world. I presume we are going to see more of the world in the next book. The world building that we did see was good and I enjoyed the few glimpses of places that were recognisable in London.
I really enjoyed the story and I got quite invested in the story. There were some really heartbreaking moments and I may have had to wipe away a few tears. I am very excited to return to the story in a few months when book 2 is out.
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