Dead of Eve (Trilogy of Eve #1) by Pam Goodwin #bookreview #fantasy #bookblog

A virus devastates humanity. Few men survive. The rest are monsters. The women are dead, except Evie. Through a quirk in her genetics, she survives. When her physiology begins to evolve, she must come to terms with what she is and accept her role in finding a cure.

The mutated hunt her. The men brutalize her…except three. Cryptic warrior, contrite lover, caring enemy; they are fiercely protective of the last living woman, but divided in their own agendas. Can they come together to protect the only hope for humanity?

Evie must survive. 

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Plot

I’m pretty sure I could hear every feminist shouting hurrah for this book. The dead of Eve takes place after a virus hits the world that turned humans into insect like creatures, called the Aphids. A muslim extremist group had apparently taken responsibility for developing it and releasing it thus declaring chemical warfare on the world. The result of this being that as little as 10% of the population has survived, one being the only woman, Evie. There seems to be an underlying reason that Evie has survived, she moves like the aphids and the feeling I get is she is connected to them on some basal level. To me its a bit like The walking Dead with extra steps. Evie spends a stretch of time with the Lakotas tribe, and three men in particular are in complete in awe of her. They want to protect her until their last breath. Until this point any man Evie had come into contact with had simply wanted to either hurt her or debase her. She has gone through an absolute hurricane of emotions, both psychological and physical. This for really highlighted just why the men wanted to protect and care for her. She had lost everyone she loved in her life, I think if the shoe was on the other foot I would have simply wanted to end it all, especially knowing what the world was inhabited with now.

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.

Thoughts

I did find some of the dialogues between Evie and the men a fair bit cheesy. She obviously was the most beautiful woman in the world because guess what? She is the only woman in the world. When I first opened this book and had read the synopsis I was envisioning a high level of sexual content. Afterall, it was the end of the world, men wanted her and to be honest Evie was a bit of a sex addict. The sex scenes weren’t in every chapter (thank god) but the scenes were really hot when they did occur. Just as a disclaimer there was scenes of rape, incest and taboo sex with M/M and F/M. Right…insert drum roll here. This book lost stars for me with certain content that left me feeling really uncomfortable and that isn’t an easy feat for me. There were several racial undertones that got me quite angry. I just felt the underpinning of the muslim extremists was unnecessary and I did just want to shout Why at the book. I don’t want to give too much away if you do want to read the book but there were other issues that were just like WTF? It was a good read, writing was gritty and cleverly written, it was fast paced and the chapters were filled with plenty of action and drama to keep you reading well into the night. I’m not sure if I will continue with series. I like that the author thought out of the box with her plot but possibly this is just a story I just don’t get.

Let everything you do be your religion and everything you say be your prayer

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