The New Eve Book review

THE NEW EVE by Moussa Ould Ebnou

Reviewed by Paul Roochnik, Ph.D. professor at Princeton University.

In the mood for a slightly creepy, often tender Sci-Fi tale?  THE NEW EVE by Moussa Ould Ebnou tells the story of Adam and Maneki, star-crossed lovers in a dystopian future, where the world has split into two societies, male and female, and gender segregation is brutally enforced.

Two criteria distinguish good science fiction from mediocre: (a) it must aspire to the same high literary standards as any other genre of fiction, and (b) the science / technology vehicle that propels the plot and its characters, must fall within the realm of plausibility, its futuristic and imaginative elements notwithstanding.  This novel easily meets those requirements.  The action moves back and forth between Adam and Maneki’s separate worlds, as they pine for one another’s presence.  You will find extended dialog, masterful description, a fair share of thrills and suspense, profound sorrow, and ultimately, redemption.  

Don’t read THE NEW EVE if you chafe at thorny moral issues such as abortion, homosexuality, and recreational copulation.  Stay away if scenes of drug abuse and torture turn your stomach.  If, however, you crave a read that deeply explores the meaning of such intrinsic human impulses as love, passion, desire, and courage, then open the pages of this novel… it won’t disappoint you.