Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #138

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper ( somewhere in your post, and a note saying that Pen to Paper is the host of the meme.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

The Only Boy
by Jordan Locke

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.

I only heard about this one a couple of weeks ago, when I entered a blog giveaway to win a copy (I didn't win ... obviously), and I thought it sounded really interesting.
I think it has the potential to be really good – and I'm hoping it will be – but there's also the danger, with this premise, that it will be a little over the top and not particularly well thought out.
Hopefully the author has done it justice. However, with a hefty price of over £5 on Kindle and nearly £10 for the paperback, I think I'll be waiting it out a little while longer and reading some more reviews.

What's on your wishlist this week? Let us know in the comments below, or link to your own Wishlist Wednesday post in the Linky :) 


Sue Holmes said...

This story sounds so original. Looking forward to reading it.
Thanks for the post :-)

Enbrethiliel said...


It's usually women who have to disguise themselves as men, while men who disguise themselves as women are played for laughs. (It's a trope as old as Achilles!) A serious story about boy who pretends to be a girl sounds like it will be interesting. I hope that you get to read it soon and to find out! =)

Valeria @ A Touch of Book Madness said...

I'm dying to read this one too! I plan to read it real soon, because I got a review copy. So I'll let you know if I like it or not.

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