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.
Firstly, I’d like to thank Jordan for sending me a copy of ‘The Only Boy’ all the way from America, I really appreciate all the effort. Plus, I also have a signed copy, aren’t I a lucky girl?
The Only Boy for me deserves 5 out of 5 because it was perfectly written, kept you entertained all throughout and was Young Adult at its best.
The novel is told from two prospectives, Mary’s and Taylor’s and you get to see how both deal with certain situations. I liked how each POV was indicated with their name because sometimes I get confused with who is speaking and it ruins the book for me. One thing I think could be adapted is the chapter size, they were a little short. I suppose it won’t change the story it’s just a personal preference.
Everything resolves around ‘the disease’ which mainly destroyed the male species; only women are living on the earth (or so people think). Life in the compound is restricted and residents must follow the rules. I’m not a rule breaker by all means but I’m not sure I could cope with being told what to do, what to eat and told I couldn’t hug the ones I loved. You always forget just how much independence you have in the world.
Taylor and Mary form a relationship that can only be described as unsuccessful. There are many obstacles that get in their way and cause heart ache for both parties. As horrible as it sounds I’m glad they don’t just get together and live happily ever after. The nature of the compound just wouldn’t allow them to. Their surroundings are like a prison and one rule means they can’t even touch, how would that work?
I felt all characters in the novel had determination and needed to fulfil personal goals in order to find happiness. Some exceeded and others did not, but they still all tried. It made me realise that it shouldn’t matter on your circumstances or surroundings if you want to do something, you should!