The End of Men

Not really! But this plot premise is popping up in recent fiction, usually as a virus that only targets men and leads to their widespread demise as the world collectively panics. Is now the best time to read about rampant viruses? Maybe not. But if you want to distract yourself from our current viral situation with some fictional versions then hey, why not? And it is intriguing to envision.

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird
In 2025, a lethal virus breaks out in Scotland which only impacts men. As the Great Male Plague spreads around the world, impacts ripple from the personal to the societal.
     Pick this one: to view the action through the perspectives and experiences of a large cast of characters, including a doctor, virologists, a historian on the run with her son, a nanny, plus smaller one-off vignettes from a wide swathe of characters.

Afterland by Lauren Beukes
A virus that causes a deadly, swift form of prostate cancer has killed 99% of the world’s male population. Cole is on the run with her son Miles, one of the few remaining biological males, as everyone from the U.S. government to black market operatives try to kidnap Miles for their own purposes.
     Pick this one: for the fast, thriller-like pacing.

 

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan
A plague wipes out every mammal with a Y chromosome in one simultaneous fell swoop, except for a man named Yorick and his pet monkey. Now the last man on earth, Yorick is on the run to maintain his freedom, while also looking for a researcher who may hold clues to the answer of what happened, and how to move forward.
     Pick this one: for a graphic novel series with a dry sense of humor.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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