Left Me With A Sense of Potential Unfulfilled
EVE OF MAN, in a nutshell, has:
1) An interesting Plot (AND I MEAN VERY INTERESTING) *gestures at you to read synopsis above*
2) Easy to read writing (no superfluous nonsense, YAY)
3) A lot of filler?
EVE OF MAN left me with:
1) A sense of something missing, or potential unfulfilled, if you know what I mean
Look, I LOVE dystopian novels. I’ve read so many in the last year alone – This Mortal Coil, in particular, to name my favourite one. I love that everything has changed in the not too distant future, that is very real and scary and Eve of Man seemed like it had the PERFECT plot, but somehow, didn’t live up to it’s potential.
1. Surprisingly, the beginning of this book RAISED my expectations. It was this brilliant start, switching between the highly sheltered, only girl in the world born in fifty years and a boy on the outside, an integral part of the illusion created to keep her safe.
2. I basically loved that this book was told between both Eve and Bram’s viewpoints as the figured out everything happening behind the curtain with the EPO
3. While I loved the plot and the WAY the story was told, I feel like there were some unfinished elements and some elements that felt VERY forced:
A) After Bram left the tower and went with the Freevers, the way they trusted him and ALSO, how he was suddenly their leader was WAY TOO ABRUPT. Absolutely no rebellion EVER would trust someone who used to be on the enemy side just one day ago and it seemed like a little too much to take in.
B) I felt like a lot of the parts with Eve were filler. Maybe I just didn’t like her enough, but I didn’t really enjoy reading through her naïve world view (not her fault) or her tantrums… I just didn’t. I hope she grows in the next two books as a person, and I hope I’ll like her more.
C) I feel like the conspiracy with the ‘big bad organisation’ was underplayed. The romance between Eve and Bram took the story over, while the actual consequences to repopulating, the science and the ‘evil’ organisation just went away like POOF
4. At the same time, I will definitely be picking up the next book. While there was a lot I thought COULD have been done so much better, considering the stakes, I do HOPE it will all be better in the second book.
I fast paced, interesting story with a GREAT PLOT, but with execution that could have been improved. I will definitely be reading more in the series. 3.5 Stars.