May 7, 2014

[Review] The Only Boy by Jordan Locke

Title: The Only Boy
Author: Jordan Locke
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Dystopia, YA, Romance
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Source: Author for Review

From Goodreads:

Mary is stuck in Section One, living with three hundred women in a crumbling hospital. She wonders what life was like two centuries ago, before the Cleansing wiped out all the men. But the rules—the Matriarch's senseless rules—prevent her from exploring the vacant city to find out.
Taylor's got a dangerous secret: he's a boy. His compound's been destroyed, and he's been relocated to Section One. Living under the Matriarch means giving up possessions, eating canned food and avoiding all physical contact. Baggy clothes hide his flat chest and skinny legs, but if anyone discovers what lies beneath, he'll be exiled. Maybe even executed.
Mary's never seen a boy—the Matriarch cut the pictures of men from the textbooks—and she doesn't suspect Taylor's secret. If she knew, she might understand the need to stop the girls from teasing him. If she knew, she might realize why she breaks the rules, just to be near him. Then again, she might be frightened to death of him.
Taylor should go. The Matriarch is watching his every move. But running means leaving Mary—and braving the land beyond the compound's boundaries.

This book had me at the title. I mean, who doesn't want to read a book with a title like that? So when I had the opportunity to read this, I jumped on it.

This book is set in a world where men are extinct, a deadly virus took them out and then started to spread to the women. Most of the women survived. They are eventually under a new “government” run by a Matriarch who despises men and doesn't believe in touching, not even to hold your own child. Children are genetically produced in a lab and planted inside women of age. However, the children are all females. 

This was a lot of back and forth between the two main characters, Taylor and Mary, POV. They are from two completely different compounds and have lived two totally separate lives under different rules. But when they meet, they can't help deny their attraction to one another. This leads them on their journey and they eventually discover the truth about what really happened to both of their mothers. 

It was a pretty decent story. I really enjoyed how everything flowed and fit together. If you like dystopian and romance, I think this is the book for you.

Jordan Locke lives in Connecticut with his wife, two lively daughters and a well-behaved whippet. A graphic designer by trade, his creativity spilled over into the literary world. After years of writing, reading and learning the craft, his fifth novel, The Only Boy, brought him offers of representation from two well-known agents. Now, after the dog is fed and the kids are in bed, you will find him tapping away at the keyboard.
Disclaimer: *I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.


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