The Only Boy by Jordan Locke

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~ Synopsis ~

After a global epidemic wipes out all the men, a girl must decide whether to help the only boy…or betray him.

Mary is stuck in Section One, living with three hundred women in a crumbling hospital. She wonders what life was like 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.

~ Review by Angela ~

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I was told about this book by a friend of mine, Jude from Platypire Reviews. She was excited to read it and practically bullied me into signing up to read it. I guess I should be mad at her because the book wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. It was a good story, but it wasn’t near where I thought it should be. The story had so much potential but it left me confused most of the time. There were things that they knew about but yet other things they didn’t. There was electricity at some places but not everywhere. Also, they had gas for vehicles but no mention on how they got it. I really would have liked to give this book a higher rating than a 3, but I couldn’t get past the confusion and lack of detail with regards to some of these things.


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