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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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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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too much leftist/feminist politics.

I wanted to like the book but it keeps reminding you of the authors political stance. Contunually villainizing men in the book makes you wonder if she's slightly sexist. A few years ago I could have ignored this and tried to enjoy the book but being beaten over the head constantly in the news and social media with the extremes of both ends of the political spectrum has left me tired of it. I will be returning this book.

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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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Well written and thought provoking

Interesting perspectives but too many characters to get emotionally involved. It was obviously well researched.

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For critical thinkers, not conspiracy theorists!

Echoes of our past two years with covid, only a bit more dire. Interesting twist on things, making for lots of thought provoking moments. Keeps your attention, exploring the various impacts on humanity. The author did a lot of thinking about this! I found it engrossing because of that. Worth the read.