Welcome to the Matriarchy.
Sixty years after a virus has wiped out almost all the men on the planet, things are pretty much just as you would imagine a world run by women might be: war has ended; greed is not tolerated; the ecological needs of the planet are always put first. In two generations, the female population has grieved, pulled together and moved on, and life really is pretty good – if you’re a girl. It’s not so great if you’re a boy, but fourteen-year-old River wouldn’t know that. Until she met Mason, she thought they were extinct.
Where to begin with this book…
I’ll start by saying that when this was released, it was a book that I was VERY excited to read. It has an gorgeous cover and I bought it as soon as it arrived in the delivery at work. Seriously, it didn’t even make it onto the shelf…
The principal of the book sounded fantastic – a world where women rule? YES. Seeing the trials and tribulations that men are put through as the oppressed gender? YES. Did I find this when reading? NO.
Unfortunately, the contents of this novel did not live up to my expectations.
I found that instead of this being a refreshing, powerful piece of feminist writing, it just came across as man hating.
The male characters were consistently referred to by the female main character as “it” even after she had spent time with the male and had her mother and grandmother explain it to her, which really just infuriated me.
I’ve heard it said before and I’ll say it again… man hate is not feminism.
I had to leave this book less than 100 pages in, so it has been marked as DNF.
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