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An exquisitely unsettling and fabulous blast of speculative fiction awaits in this provocative, hard-hitting debut novel. An unknown virus that only kills men hits Glasgow in 2025, as it spreads, confusion, lies, and heartbreak follows. As Christina Sweeney-Baird explains in her author’s note, she wrote The End of Men before Covid 19 affected the world. While the current pandemic remained tucked away in my thoughts as I read, this is very much a work of fiction and the focus lies with a female lead society coping with life during and after a pandemic. This is told on a world scale over five years and is set as a gathering of memories, as though this event has already come to pass and you are reading a piercing slice of history. This novel contains a huge number of characters, and I felt as though I was observing them at a distance. Having said that, some characters return throughout the book, and I formed more of a bond, felt more of a connection with them. Short chapters, headed by the day after the outbreak and name of the character ensured my focus remained sharp and on point. There are bubbles of humour to be found along the way, as well as the more obvious emotions. Yes this is so very close to what is happening right now, but it is different enough to make this novel more readable as a result. Joining our LoveReading Star Book collection, The End of Men is a powerful, thought-provoking read that is both epic in scale and intimate in memories
Glasgow, 2025. Dr Amanda Maclean is called to treat a patient with flu-like symptoms. Within three hours he is dead. This is how it begins.
The unknown virus sweeps through the hospital with deadly speed.
The victims are all men.
Dr Maclean raises the alarm. But by the time the authorities listen to her, the virus has spread to every corner of the world. Threatening families. Governments. Countries.
Can they find a cure before it's too late? Can they stop
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
Extraordinarily prescient and profoundly thought-provoking, The End of Men is set in the near future and opens in a Glasgow hospital in 2025 with no-nonsense A & E consultant, Dr Amanda Maclean, facing worrying signs of a potentially lethal virus. Full review
Shivers ran down my spine reading this book. The storytelling is wonderful - perfectly paced, with an immediacy and emotional intensity that made me gasp ‘The End Of Men’ deserves to be the hit book of the year. Full review
Pandemic thriller in a form of diary entries. fast paced, easy to read and entertaining. Full review
'Fear, trepidation, heartache' describes their stories and your reactions - so terrifyingly possible in real life. Will they be in time to save humanity? The story of women's battle to survive. Full review
Spookily near the truth, The End Of Men is an addictive, gripping read. Full review
Prescient story of a pandemic – with a twist on COVID-19 Full review
An eerily close to the truth account of a plague sweeping the world. Full review
A plague hits the world in 2025, killing only men. How does the world adapt? How do women rebuild and run the world afterwards? Food for thought. Full review
The End of Men is a brilliant and thought provoking novel about a time where men are wiped out by a virus, and women are faced with a whole new world of possibilities. Full review
A brilliant story of how easily the world can change forever and how life can be rebuilt after loss. Full review
There are key differences between our situation in 2021 and fiction but the similarities are startling and scary. Full review
'I ripped through this. It's pacey, devastating, prescient, compelling and confronting, not only because it's the first thing I've read that even touches the sides of the very real pandemic we're living through, but also because a world without men? It was uncomfortable and fascinating to read about. This is a sure-fire hit, and rightly so!' LAURA JANE WILLIAMS
'Brilliant, prescient and unputdownable' JENNY COLGAN
'A tour de force - a feminist reimagining of society' GILLIAN MCALLISTER
'The most buzzed-about fiction for 2021' SUNDAY TIMES STYLE
A fiercely intelligent page-turner... at once thoughtful and highly emotive' PAULA HAWKINS
'The stuff that classics are made of' AJ FINN
Publication date: 29/04/2021
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||29th April 2021|
|Publisher:||The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Dystopian Fiction, Humour, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Collections:||2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon, 80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Christina was born in 1993 and grew up between London and Glasgow. She studied Law at the University of Cambridge and graduated with a First in 2015. Christina works as a Corporate Litigation lawyer in London. The End of Men is her first novel.More About Christina Sweeney-Baird