Monday, 19 May 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Only Boy by Jordan Locke

I received a copy of The Only Boy in exchange for my review.

Since the disease took hold there have been no men, meaning that Mary has been brought up in Section One surrounded solely by women. When a new girl arrives, Mary is instantly drawn to her, and can't explain the pull that she feels towards Taylor. But Taylor has a secret; he's a boy. Doing his best to stay undercover, he can't help but want to be near Mary, and breaks all kinds of rules doing so. When Taylor is discovered Mary runs after him, only to find that life doesn't always take the turns that they want it to.

As soon as I discovered the existence of this book I wanted to read it, I'm not sure exactly what it was, the cover, the description or something else, just that I did. And I wasn't disappointed in the slightest, despite the story taking a few turns that I didn't expect.

Both of the main characters, Mary and Taylor, have point of views, which adds to the frustration towards the fact that they just can't seem to figure out that they do in fact like each other, a lot. But then again, the fact that they couldn't work it out does make sense when you consider that they live in a world where affection and touching (in any way) are frowned upon, and that they'd never experienced it before.

There isn't just one dystopia in The Only Boy though, in a way there are two. First is Section One, where Mary grew up, which is ruled by the Matriarch who enforces strict rules and even harsher punishments, whereas the second is the Earther camp. Though at first that one may seem like it isn't really a dystopia at all, it is...the men are forced to stay below ground and the women with the disease are not allowed to vote. Both Mary and Taylor have experiences in the Earther camp, and though vastly different they both give views into the world that they created.

I'm not really sure how I feel about the ending, I liked it, but its whether or not all my questions have been answered and if I want a sequel...I think I do!

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The only boy The Only Boy by Jordan Locke 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.
Praise for The Only Boy “It’s not a dystopia that does a good job—it’s a great book that happens to be a dystopia.” Rachel Miller, Editor “This book is one of the best of its genre I have read, it kept me gripped to its satisfying end.” Janet Love, Amazon UK Reviewer “If you like a different take on the dystopian genre then I would highly recommend this unique and amazing book.” Tamara Bass, The Avid Book Collector   Author Jordan Locke 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.
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