Pages: 268 pages
Started: 20th of May, 2014
Finished: 24th of May, 2014
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.
MY THOUGHTSThe author was nice enough to send me a wonderful copy of this book from all the way in the USA to the Netherlands. Which was super kind of him! I had been seeing this one around twitter a lot around its release and the author contacted me after I send him a tweet and I was super excited for it, so I had to say yes to it.
Dystopians have kind of been worn out lately. Everyone was reading them last year and now it seems as if every one is kind of done with them. (at least I'm currently out of the dystopian kind of mood). But The Only Boy is a dystopian. But it's a different kind of dystopian.
This book was really fast-paced. I do have to admit that it was sometimes kind of too fast for me, but it worked. I had no problems with it. I'm glad it is a standalone though. I'm not looking for any more series to read, but I'm pretty sure this would have worked in a trilogy form as well.
So in the story we follow Mary, who lives in Section One. And Taylor who is presumably the only boy still alive on earth after a virus wiped out most of the male population. Mary and Taylor befriend and a love starts blossoming between the two, even though Mary has never seen a boy before...
The book did contain instalove in my opinion. I don't mind instalove as long as it doesn't start to bother me, and it didn't bother me in The Only Boy. I love romance and I love it when it doesn't only revolve around the bad things. And I wanted a happily ever after. And the author let me read and the last chapter and I was maybe tearing up a little bit. But then there was the epilogue. And I can't.
If you're a fan of dystopian books and you don't mind fast-paced and a touch of instalove, then I recommend you this novel. It is fun and it's different and I'm sure there will be people out there that will enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed it.