#Audiobookreview THE END OF MEN by CHRISTINA SWEENEY-BAIRD #BookReview



ABOUT THE BOOK


Set in a world where a virus stalks our male population, The End of Men is an electrifying and unforgettable debut from a remarkable new talent that asks: what would life truly look like without men?

Only men are affected by the virus; only women have the power to save us all.

The year is 2025, and a mysterious virus has broken out in Scotland–a lethal illness that seems to affect only men. When Dr. Amanda MacLean reports this phenomenon, she is dismissed as hysterical. By the time her warning is heeded, it is too late. The virus becomes a global pandemic–and a political one. The victims are all men. The world becomes alien–a women’s world.

What follows is the immersive account of the women who have been left to deal with the virus’s consequences, told through first-person narratives. Dr. MacLean; Catherine, a social historian determined to document the human stories behind the male plague; intelligence analyst Dawn, tasked with helping the government forge a new society; and Elizabeth, one of many scientists desperately working to develop a vaccine. Through these women and others, we see the uncountable ways the absence of men has changed society, from the personal–the loss of husbands and sons–to the political–the changes in the workforce, fertility and the meaning of family.

In The End of Men, Christina Sweeney-Baird creates an unforgettable tale of loss, resilience and hope.

PUBLISHED BY HARPER COLLINS


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THE END OF MEN by CHRISTINA SWEENEY-BAIRD

MY REVIEW

I listened to the audioversion of this book – brilliantly read!


This is one of those timely reads, made even more relevant and relatable after our recent experiences! The amount of times you felt so connected to the story and the fear portrayed by the characters because of what we’ve all been through with this pandemic!


In this book, set in 2025, there’s a virus that comes out of nowhere and only seems to affect men. And they drop like flies pretty quickly. While in the early stages, the seriousness is trying to be flagged up, there are those who dismiss the concerns… we all know how that works out in reality! But this is a story cleverly told from the point of view of a variety of women looking on with different hats on, so to speak! Those working in the medical industry, those reporting on it, those looking for a cure/vaccine – and those seeing their loved ones becoming poorly and wanting to do all they can to not lose those closest to them.


The author really captures the uncertainty and the panic with each character and it did feel like a race against time thriller at times with the urgency needed to do what needed to protect people. And how women were stepping up to fill the positions normally inhabited by the men and how that impacted on day to day life. And the emotional aspects of becoming pregnant, and then being told your baby was a boy was really stark and bought home the harsh reality of it all.


A gripping read.


★★★★

#BookReview KING OF THE CROWS by RUSSELL DAY #KingOfTheCrows

ABOUT THE BOOK

“Ocean’s Eleven meets 28 Days Later.”

2028, eight years after a pandemic swept across Europe, the virus has been defeated and normal life has resumed. Memories of The Lockdown have already become clouded by myth, rumour and conspiracy. Books have been written, movies have been released and the names Robertson, Miller & Maccallan have slipped into legend. Together they hauled The Crows, a ragged group of survivors, across the ruins of London. Kept them alive, kept them safe, kept them moving.But not all myths are true and not all heroes are heroes.Questions are starting to be asked about what really happened during those days when society crumbled and the capital city became a killing ground.Finally the truth will be revealed.

Praise for King Of The Crows“Staggeringly prescient – an absolute triumph…”“The most inventive heist novel you’ll ever read.”“In terms of plot, structure and ambition, this is the most imaginative novel I’ve read in years…”

Praise for Russell Day – winner of the CWA Margaret Allingham Prize“Russell Day is an artist – one who paints pictures with his words…””A brilliant book, one that has cemented Russell Day straight into my must read authors list.””Russell Day has established himself as one of the best new crime writers of recent years. I cannot wait for his next novel.”

PUBLISHED BY FAHRENHEIT PRESS

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MY REVIEW

Reading a book about a pandemic during an actual real life pandemic could be seen by some as a stupid thing to do!! BUT for me I found it the perfect time to read this book!! The parallels between fiction – this book was written a couple of years ago, which makes it even more staggering to me on how events are panning out… – and the reality are mindblowing and it’s a difficult book to put down once I started reading it!

Set in 2028, 8 years after the virus that ravaged Europe has moved on, this book is a story that looks back over those years when the virus was rife, how people lived through it and how people are looking back on it and questioning what they were told and how it has been portrayed by the media as films and books have been released chronicling the events, creating legends of those involved in particular events.

It’s told through snippets of the screenplays, the internet chatter, police interviews, graffiti seen, emails sent and the experiences of people moving around on the ground at that time and this really does help give it a more realistic feel. What struck me as the most pertinent and telling was the relevance of hearsay becoming belief! The internet rumour sites were readily spreading untruths quicker than the virus itself, and all it needed was one person to read this and a new truth is born. Oh and cats…. never trusted them before, even more so now!!!

As we follow the real story of the time during the pandemic, alongside the way the films portrayed the main characters of The Crows, it was fascinating to see how the hatred was whipped up amongst different factions – the anti government groups, anti police, anti media….. a little too realistic for my liking!! The virus itself mutates, there are zombies/undead but there is more insanity leading to extremes in behaviour and we’re witness to that with the actions of many, fighting for their lives after being hung out to dry by those in charge, while others see this as a perfect opportunity for a raid on the financial capital.

The before, the during, the after is all brilliantly captured in all its grim glory – the fear, the panic, the unknown, the theories! One phrase really struck a chord for me ‘Stay calm, Stay at home, do what we say’!! Sounds a little familiar!!

It was exhilarating, exhausting, extraordinary – an experience I am very grateful to have had the pleasure of reading – and living through! – and I cannot recommend this highly enough! One of my books of 2020!!

★★★★★