The End of Men
WOW! Considering this book was written in 2018 it is scarily familiar to the world we are living in right now.
In 2025 a mysterious illness sweeps through a Glasgow hospital with frightening speed. The victims present with a mild fever initially but are dead within hours. It has Doctor Amanda Maclean baffled and terrified. And why does it only seem to kill men?
Before long, the ‘plague’ is affecting pretty much the whole world. Women everywhere are losing previously healthy husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons to this deadly disease. It is just heart-breaking. I mean, imagine being happily married with beautiful sons then you suddenly find yourself alone in the world. How does anyone begin to move on from that? How will the world recover without any men?
This story is told from the points of view of multiple characters which do take a bit of keeping up with to be honest. These characters offer many differing perspectives, throughout the years of the plague, which make up a compelling, thought-provoking, and emotional read which kept me glued to my kindle.
There are so many similarities throughout this story to the life we have been leading for more than a year since Covid_19 hit. (I think the author might be a bit psychic.) What fascinated me the most was the science behind why women were immune, and the roles women suddenly had to play in a world previously often dominated by men. An excellent concept and such brilliant writing! I’m amazed this is a debut novel.
I highly recommend and I look forward to reading future books by Christina Sweeney-Baird.
**Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via NetGalley**