My book review of 'The End of Men' by Christina Sweeney-Baird
The End of Men
A doctor is worried about her patient. He presented a mild fever yet within three hours, he's dead. And he's not the first. She quickly realises that this mysterious illness is a terrible threat, and is killing only men, but she isn't heard.
As more families, communities, countries are affected, action is taken but will they find a cure before it's too late? Or will this be the end of the world?
Told through different perspectives and experiences, this is a stunning book. Easy to read in terms of being a pageturner, difficult to read in that we are close to living the story in a way the author never imagined when she wrote the novel.
It's full of compassion and ultimately hope. The characterisation and scene setting is achieved with precision and immediacy. The reader is drawn in to every event and experience, and isn't let go until the final page. Excellent.