What to buy in 2021? The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird @ChristinaRoseSB

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

The End of Men is a brilliantly thought provoking and relevant novel that made me disappear into a future that only a few years ago I would have thought was an implausible scenario! Although it’s set in the future, that future is actually only 4 years from now! When a virus starts to become noticeable, Doctor Amanda Maclean is one of the first to take it seriously. But this virus only seems to attack men (which I assume would give it a lot more publicity in our own pandemic due most governments in the world being heavily dominated by the male population!. Amanda struggles to get taken seriously at first which proves to be the reason that this virus starts to spread further afield from the Scottish hospital she first notices it in. But even though her own life becomes turned upside down she is still determined to find that “patient zero” and hopefully find a cure before it’s too late…

I loved the premise of The End of Men. I turned down many books about viruses last year as they all felt a little bit too “close to home” and too new to be already consigned to fictional accounts. But this book seemed almost prophetic in its plot development and that grabbed me in a way I hadn’t expected it to. So it was interesting to read the authors notes on when she wrote this as I don’t think even she expected to see events mirror those of her fictional accounts quite so soon! Its an intelligently written book that felt very unique in its approach to post apocalyptic fiction as well as being relatable due to the fact we’ve all been there recently! I’ve often said “well, you just couldn’t write it could you?” in response to events that have happened in the world in the last few months but Christina Sweeney-Baird has done just that! And a brilliant job she’s made of it too! I found this to be a character driven novel with the women characters at the forefront of the storyline coming across as well developed, strong and interesting and I followed their journeys with a huge investment in their future. Some of their stories were absolutely heartbreaking as the women lost the men (and boys) in their lives but their positive mind sets and their determination felt inspiring and hopeful. I love strong female characters and the women here come across as relatable and intelligent in a time of unprecedented crisis. This is such a brilliant book and I devoured every single page.It’s published by The Borough Press on April 29th and I highly recommend you preorder this one now!

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 Menis her first novel.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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