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.
As soon as I read the description for this book I knew it was going to be a truly unforgettable read. This fascinating story begins in the year 2025 in a hospital in Glasgow, Scotland. When Dr Amanda Maclean is called to treat a patient who has presented with flu-like symptoms. Dr Maclean initially believes this will be a run of the mill consultation, but when her patient begins to deteriorate at an alarming speed and he dies within hours of first showing symptoms, she quickly comes to realise that there is something much bigger at play here.
As more people begin falling ill with the same symptoms, all of whom are men, that is when the Doctors know that they are dealing with a large scale plague that is targeting the male population, and more worryingly, within days of contracting the deadly virus, most of them are dead. Dr Maclean informs the authorities, but they are unwilling to listen, which soon enough results in this unknown virus spreading throughout the world and killing 90% of the male population in its wake.
The story spans over six years and is told from varying perspectives, allowing us to get a real, indepth insight as to how the wider population have been affected by this tragic plague. We get to connect with not only Dr Amanda Maclean, but the other characters who share their own perspectives on this outbreak, and I know I certainly found myself riding a wave of emotions as the story progresses.
Despite the topic of this story being quite hard hitting, and certainly relevant to the life we have all been living over the past year or so, Christina Sweeney-Baird manages to add some humour and light-hearted moments throughout, something I truly enjoyed. This never once took away from the serious threat that the world within her story was facing, but did allow us to enjoy the journey that little bit more.
Written in a charismatic, immersive way, I found myself drawn in to the world that existed between the pages of this book. Emotional and all consuming, I adored this story.
About the Author
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 Men is her first novel.