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.
So as you can see from my rating I didn’t enjoy this book. This is my first DNF (Did Not Finish) review which I’m really upset about. This book had such potential, when I read the blurb and saw the gorgeous cover I was so so excited to read it! I was hoping and praying I’d get approved for a review copy. The idea of a world without men is something not often done in dystopia, and its an idea I’ve wanted to write about myself, so I was extremely interested to see how it was done here. I’ve never been so disappointed by a book:(
I liked the storyline and it read like a typical dystopia, a little predictable but still enjoyable. It was just too rushed, there was no build up everything jut happened one thing after another and so everything felt like it lacked meaning. This book reads like a first draft, each chapter felt like I was reading a summary of a chapter. I realise its a fairly short book but it needed to be longer, everything felt rushed and certain points just didn’t make sense to me. Secrets and plot twists were revealed without much thought and at times that didn’t make sense. Also the alternating POV’s, whilst they gave a insight into both characters, they alternated too often, with the character only getting a page or two or less each before swapping.
I didn’t like the main characters Mary or Taylor, neither of the, had any substance or personality. They just randomly reacted to situations without thought, one minute they were being friendly then they were angry at each other, I just couldn’t keep up or make any sense of it. The relationship was predictable and unrealistic.
I wouldn’t recommend this book except maybe to really young readers who haven’t read much dystopian fiction before. As soon as you’ve read books like Divergent, The Hunger Games or Maze Runner, you can see this book as it is; a poor example of YA Dystopia.
Have you read The Only Boy? What did you think? Or if not, have you come across any books with the idea of a world without men? Let me know in the comments! x x