Saturday 14 June 2014

BOOK REVIEW: The Only Boy by Jordan Locke

The only boy
The Only Boy
Author: Jordan Locke
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: December 17, 2014

Book Summary:
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.

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When I saw the cover to this book, I had such high hopes and I couldn't wait to delve into the story. Within the first few chapters, I realised that this wasn't going to be my type of book, but I kept reading in hopes that I would form a connection with the two main characters and their story. For me, the characters lacked depth, as did the story. I found myself becoming frustrated because I could see the potential of a great story buried within but never quite presenting itself.

As pacey as the book was, the plot seemed to linger without much progression for quite some time. Mary and Taylor seemed to be going around in circles as they attempted to escape the clutches of the heartless Matriarch while also trying to evade the rebellious and barbaric Earthers. There were times when I couldn't pinpoint a character's definite motive, which made it that much harder to connect with the characters.

The cons outweigh the pros, and I'm afraid this just wasn't my cup of tea.



Award: Bronze
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Source: Blog Tour

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