The End of Men by Christina Sweeney – Baird

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney – Baird
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The year is 2025, and a mysterious virus has broken out in Scotland--a lethal illness that seems to affect only men. When Dr. Amanda MacLean reports this phenomenon, she is dismissed as hysterical. By the time her warning is heeded, it is too late. The virus becomes a global pandemic--and a political one. The victims are all men. The world becomes alien--a women's world. What follows is the immersive account of the women who have…

If I’d read The End of Men 18 months ago I would have described it as set in a dystopian future. Now we are living in the midst of a global pandemic, suddenly what happens in this book doesn’t seem so hard to imagine. Instead of Covid-19, imagine a plague transmitted from animals to humans, and this deadly virus kills 90% of men who catch it.⁠
The book is written like a record of different people’s experiences throughout and after the four-year pandemic, in different countries around the globe. I absolutely loved the format. I became very attached to Catherine and was heartbroken to read about her loss; Amanda who was a force of nature to be reckoned with and she is someone I would like to have as a friend; Elizabeth was like a breath of fresh air trying to keep everyone positive and others.⁠

The writing is exquisite…with so many strands they were wound together beautifully and I couldn’t recommend this book more. It scared me, but it also made me really feel and I have been thinking of the people we have lost due to covid since I have finished it and the fractured families and the different world. It’s very scary when a dystopian thriller feels very real but also very humbling. ⁠

I think it’s amazing how real the author made it before it was real. It shows an innate understanding of humanity and I am very impressed by this book. Highly recommend to anyone who likes speculative fiction! ⁠