Today, I’m going to be doing a book review for “The Only Boy” by Jordan Locke.
DISCLAIMER: I was given this book for review from the author, Jordan Locke. I am not being payed to review this book. All opinions and thoughts are my own, and are not being persuaded by anyone else.
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Synopsis (taken off from the authors website):
Description From Back Cover: 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.
The Only Boy is worth the read, let me tell you.
In my opinion, the concept is PURE GENIUS! Having a society with no males, such a great idea! Wouldn’t you be intrigued by just that?
Although, the first few chapters were a bit rough. I found that the first few chapters were a bit slow and boring. But, I had yet to realize that this was JUST the build up!
Most of the scenes in this book were pure action and AMAZING-NESS! I truley enjoyed it!
I found myself liking most of the characters, which was no shock. Although, just like EVERY other book, I found them to be a bit annoying at some points in this book. Sometimes, I just felt like they weren’t thinking of what they were doing and how that would affect them. But, that gave for quite the action!
The society of this world is unlike any other book I have seen. And although this book is being called a Dystopian, I would also put it in the Sci-Fi category as well. The science of making children when there are no boys, was something no one could just “make-up”. It was AMAZING and super cool.
Overall, I gave this book a solid 4/5 stars, it was not one of my favourite dystopians, but may find itself on my Top Books of 2015 list, we’ll have to see! I would definitely recommend this book to Sci-Fi and Dystopian lovers!
I hope you guys enjoyed this book review! PLEASE come back tomorrow to find a special author interview for Jordan Locke!
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