The Only Boy
Taylor's got a dangerous secret: he's a boy. His compound's been destroyed, and he's been rel ...more
But the Cleansing didn't stop the struggle for power. The Cleansing didn't end violence. The Cleansing didn't bring peace. When free to find their own way, the women are just as destructive.
In this dystopian world, a worldwide infection killed almost everyone, only a few women survived, building a new society with rules, such as not touching each other or never getting out of the complex. There are also some doctors who create humans, but only girls since boys cannot survive. There's a Ma ...more
The main crux of this book is there are no more men in the world, as they have been wiped out by a plague called the Cleansing. Thus, it is only women that remain–or so Mary thinks.
Mary has never seen a boy in her life. She lives in Section One, which is a crumbl ...more
I have dystopia fatigue in a BIG WAY. Now to be fair, this is mostly preferential–it’s just not my favorite YA subgenre. But I was starting to feel like all the dystopias out there were following the same old formula–just a recycled plot with a slightly different premise.
And then I picked up The Only Boy.
The Only Boy is REALLY GOOD!
The Only Boy proves that a great book can stand out even if it’s classified in a genre that is pretty wo ...more
When I came across the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at it. I've read dystopian books where men weren't allowed in certain groups, some where the women kept men as slaves but none where being male could cost you your life and talking about men could get you put in confinement.
When we meet Taylor, he's just come to Secti ...more
This one deserves to be in the Most-Unique-Book-Ever shelf. The idea of wiping out Men in the map? I know *some* women out there who’d wish that.. maybe I might have played with that thought before but, what if? What if Men went extinct? What will happen? Will women survive on their own? Heck yeah we will! But it’s not the same of course. The balance is gone and as much as how some of ...more
As pacey as the ...more
I was really looking forward to reading this because I found the concept so interesting. I wanted to see a girl who didn't understand "why she breaks the rules, just to be near him." The idea of a girl not knowing anything about boys, having never even seen one before, yet falling for one all the same, without even knowing he was a boy. It sounded like a 'love conquers all' type of story, which is pretty much the whole reason why I ...more
I will admit that I didn't really read the blurb ( I hate reading blurbs because sometimes they give too much away ) and I'm actually glad I didn't, because it allowed me to find the little gems that were placed throughout this book, and to enjoy every second without knowing exactly what was around the next corner.
I'm not a huge fan of Dystopian fiction, but I have to say that most of the books in this genre that I have had t ...more
The story tells the tale of Mary and Taylor – two young people caught in an unfathomable situation, some 200 years after an epidemic targeted and destroyed the population of earth. The unclarified disease first decimated the male population but women were not immune and they too suffered at its hand and in the end only limited small pockets of survivors remained.
Mary lives in Sector One with around 300 other surviving females – un ...more
The Only Boy is a dystopian with a unique and interesting premise. The world created by Jordan Locke is eerie, strange, and one that makes me nauseated just thinking about it. It takes place a couple centuries after most of the population has been wiped out by an epidemic that first targeted all the males. Pockets of the descendants of survivors live together in this haunting tale.
The story alternates points of view between Ma ...more
Immediately, we are thrown into the mix of the story in the alternate POV's of Ma ...more
I really loved this book !
From the begining to the end, it's full of surprises, when you think it's going to be this way, something or someone comes up and it changes everything. I read it in less than 24 hours, it was so easy to get in the story and follow the characters as they struggled with their memories, fears, and their own ghosts.
Sometimes, when I read a book, I prefer one character over another but this time, maybe be ...more
Got me thinking of the power of women and matriarchal societies.
Side note: I must admit, it was refreshing to read a story that was presented and resolved in one book rather than part of a trilogy or series.
Everything happens so fast. His disclosure, the way Mary and Taylor feel attracted to each other.
There are a few things that don't add up. Like some people still eating canned food after decades... nothing lasts that long. or the fact that all the vehicles have fuel even though noone scavenges very far.
Anyway... it was a fast read but there was something missing and I didn't buy the romance nor connected with any of the cha ...more
This is not my style. Writing negative reviews. I would rather not write a review at all then write a negative one. But this time I hav ...more
And it pretty much is. I was drawn in from the very s ...more
The book opens with Mary, a narrator that knows how to paint the scene, then quickly switches to Taylor, who has a secret. We are meant know that Taylor is a boy before he ever spe
Mary has never seen a boy. Living in a former hospital now named Sector One, she and other women follow the strict rules of the Matriarch. Every book has had the pictures of the men cut out or marked out. If the women break a rule, then they are thrown into the pit......left in a dark and depressing cage w ...more
I really like the cover.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book.
I found that it was very fast-paced.
And to me it felt a little rushed. But I think that was due to the fact that I wasn't really aware of how much time was actually passing by. So what I thought was one or two days later turned out to be weeks or a month later. So after figuring this out, it wasn't as rushed as I originally thought. I wish I would have been able to realize a bit more the time frame.
I found the concept of the ...more
This time ‘The Cleansing’, thought to be an epidemic, hit the world and killed off the males of all species. Women, however, could also get sick, causing small groups ...more
Ok I am going to be honest about this book. I was just only ok with The Only Boy the synopsis peeked my interest so I gave it a go when the author contact me if I wanted to read his book for exchanged for an honest review. While I did like this book I just didn't love it. The plot was very interesting to me a dystopian world where there are only females while the world was wiped out of all males humans ...more
What would you do when everything you know is turned upside down would you fight for freedom an love. This is a story of fighting heartbreak disease and has a kinda HEA. Read it today