So I was lucky enough to receive The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird from NetGalley as an e-arc and also from Tandem Collective UK and the publishers Borough Press and Harper Collins as part of a readalong! This is her first novel and I can’t wait to read more from her!
The world will never be the same.
Glasgow, 2025. Dr Amanda Maclean is called to treat a young man with a mild fever. Within three hours he dies. The mysterious illness sweeps through the hospital with deadly speed. The victims are all men.
This is how it begins.
Dr Maclean raise the alarm, but the sickness spreads to every corner of the globe. Threatening families. Governments. Countries.
Can they find a cure before it’s too late? Will this be the story of the end of the world – or its salvation?
This story is told through multiple points of view, which can be confusing at times, but didn’t take away from my enjoyment at all. The characterisation for all of them is so good that even if you only hear from a character in two chapters throughout the whole book, you still feel an emotional connection to them. There was one particular storyline with a husband on a cruise ship away from his wife that had me in tears for his final chapter! The chapters were all quite short which is also something I personally really enjoy.
Reading this through a current pandemic was such a weird experience. I think if I’d read this before 2020 I would have felt like some things were a bit far fetched whereas now I felt like it was so relatable (minus the only men part!) I’m just so glad that our pandemic is no where near as deadly as the one in this book.
The feeling of hope at the end also gave me hope. Athough ours isn’t over yet, with the number of people having the vaccine, hopefully there will be some normality resuming in the next year or so.
I have my thoughts to the discussion points saved in my highlights on my bookstagram if you’d like to have a look! @katiej.reads
I recommend this book to everyone!