Title: The Only Boy
Author: Jordan Locke
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Romance
Date published: December 17th 2013
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. ( goodreads synopsis )
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank you Jordan! I really appreciate it! :)This books had a very different vibe from most of the dystopian novels that I have read, in this world they believe that there are no boys, that they all died out with a disease. I found that really intriguing and unique. I think that some of the story was a bit fast paced and I liked how even though they had these feelings about each other the book wasn't all about the romance, it was just a little part of it. I quite enjoyed this and I thought that the world building was really good because I could imagine it all quite clearly in my head. I was really surprised to find out the matriarch's secret and it made me wonder if that was the reason for being so cold hearted.
I have never read anything like this and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to read this. I loved that the story was told in both perspectives of Mary and Taylor, I think that it worked really well. I also really like the cover, and I just found out that Jordan Locke designed it herself, how cool!
Overall: I recommend this to anyone who loves the YA Dystopian genre and is looking for something a bit different to your normal Dystopian.
Cover art: 4Plot: 4
Level of interest:5
Total rating:3Happy Reading Everyone, I hope that you all have a fantastic week :)