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Publisher's Summary

"The End of Men is a fiercely intelligent page-turner, an eerily prescient novel, at once thoughtful and highly emotive." (Paula Hawkins, number-one internationally best-selling author of The Girl on the Train)

Set in a world where a virus stalks our male population, The End of Men is an electrifying and unforgettable debut from a remarkable new talent that asks: What would our world truly look like without men?

Only men carry the virus. Only women can save us all.

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 been left to deal with the virus' consequences, told through first-person narratives. Dr. MacLean; Catherine, a social historian determined to document the human stories behind the "male plague"; intelligence analyst Dawn, tasked with helping the government forge a new society; and Elizabeth, one of many scientists desperately working to develop a vaccine. Through these women and others, we see the uncountable ways the absence of men has changed society, from the personal - the loss of husbands and sons - to the political - the changes in the workforce, fertility, and the meaning of family. 

In The End of Men, Christina Sweeney-Baird turns the unimaginable into the unforgettable.

©2021 Christina Sweeney-Baird (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“[A] chilling dystopian debut thriller...Sweeney-Baird’s look inside the heads of these and other shocked, desperate characters and her portrait of a bizarre new world are both thought- and fear-provoking. Readers will either wolf this down or elect to stay miles away from it, but controversy moves titles off the shelf. A top choice.” (Booklist, starred review)

"Philosophically sweeping and emotionally intimate.... [The] personal politics and gender dynamics are spot-on, and readers will feel connected to the main characters’ struggles and resilience. Sweeney-Baird is a writer to watch.” (Publishers Weekly)

"So much speculative fiction amounts to nothing more than just that: idle what-iffing, spitballed at the reader with little conviction and even less imagination. But The End of Men, like only a very few novels published since The Handmaid's Tale - think Naomi Alderman's The Power, think Children of Men by P D James - builds an alternate reality so persuasive, so confident, that it soon evolves from intriguing fiction to you-are-there docudrama, as vivid as Max Brooks' World War Z. Part parable, part thriller, and altogether provocative, this is the stuff that classics are made of." (AJ Finn, New York Times best-selling author of The Woman in the Window)

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Could have been more...

Since we have all had our realities turned upside down by a global pandemic, this seems, well, redundant. We already know what it's like not to be able to travel, or be able to go out. Most of us have lost people to the pandemic, and had our livelihoods taken away. Since this was about only men being affected, it would have been vastly more interesting to see what a life without men might look like. Do women mess it up? Do they change things in fantastic ways? There are literally endless ways it could a go. Yet, there is none of that. Not all of them even die, and new immune boys are being born within like 2 years...it just didn't MEAN anything. Instead, there were characters like Catherine who do nothing but prod on and on and on and on and on and on like she was the only person truly hurt by losing her child and husband. She is petty, and jealous, and just such a small person, it becomes completely creepy, and I wanted to get the heck out of her HEAD. I would like her to re-write this, and really get into it...see where it goes. Have something, anything happen.

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WOW! The timing is perfect!

This is a masterpiece. Loved every second of it!
A horrific pandemic that almost destroys the world! Told from the point of view of different members of society, some in political power and others in the medical field and one VERY brave journalist who makes people take notice after a heroic Emergency Room Dr is ignored while trying to raise the alarm.
This novel really makes you think about our male dominated society and the resilience of women.
All the narration was top notch too. Spot on.
Two thumbs up!

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Very Interesting

Very interesting idea. Especially in enduring COVID, this book brought back memories of the start of our own global pandemic. I really enjoyed the style and concepts. Very creative.

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Amazing.

One of my new favorite books. This is beautifully written, incredibly emotional, and has really touched me.

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Good emotional roller coaster.

I don’t write reviews but this book deserves one. This book is so good. The story has happy moments, depressing moments, moments of hope and joy, moments of anger and shock. This is a good story. If you are looking for a thought provoking story this is it.

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The individual stories are interesting but collectively the book is just flat. There’s no climax or suspense or relationship to the characters. Overall good but mostly meh.

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One of the best books I’ve ever read

No exaggeration - this book is brilliant. The writing is excellent, the storyline is creative and well thought-out, the different perspectives break up the rhythm well, and the voice acting is first-class.
There are 3 or 4 books I continually recommend to anyone who will listen, and this will be one of them, going forward.

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Conceptually interesting, but so much repetition. Feels like we keep reliving the personal losses which are a valid part of this, but it lacks balance. Could not keep me interested. Returned.

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Recommended

I am glad I took a chance on this. I really enjoyed it and will listen to it again someday. I wasn't sure I was going to like it from the sample provided but the summary sounded interesting. Thankfully no conspiracy theory lunatics in the book ! Who would have thought real life would have more crazy than fiction. This was a nice break from Covid 19.

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I loved the premise of this book but I had not idea it would be so well thought out, and well written. I could write the word 'clever' over and over and it would not be enough.