The Only Boy By Jordan Locke Review

"<emThe Only Boy by Jordan Locke is a pretty good book. It is about a girl named Mary and a boy named Taylor who live in a world where all the men died of a disease. Not only that but any new boys born are usually killed to be sure they won’t catch the disease and pass it to the women.

I would hate to live where Mary lives in Section One. They have a lot of rules and they only eat canned goods. The worst thing is they are not allowed to touch other people at all.

I think that would be horrible.

This book is definitely a lot different from any other young adult book I have read and will make you think.

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.


Praise for The Only Boy

“It’s not a dystopia that does a good job—it’s a great book that happens to be a dystopia.”

Rachel Miller, Editor
“This book is one of the best of its genre I have read, it kept me gripped to its satisfying end.”

Janet Love, Amazon UK Reviewer
“If you like a different take on the dystopian genre then I would highly recommend this unique and amazing book.”

Tamara Bass, The Avid Book Collector


Jordan LockeAuthor Jordan Locke

Jordan Locke lives in Connecticut with his wife, two lively daughters and a well-behaved whippet. A graphic designer by trade, his creativity spilled over into the literary world. After years of writing, reading and learning the craft, his fifth novel, The Only Boy, brought him offers of representation from two well-known agents. Now, after the dog is fed and the kids are in bed, you will find him tapping away at the keyboard.

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Rebels By Scott & Judith Powell Review

Rebels by Scott & Judith Powell.Rebels is a really good young adult dystopian adventure story.

The story follows a boy named John as he goes about his life. The world he lives in is very different from ours. It is still America but is no longer even pretending to be a free country.

It actually seems to me that things are similar to Germany before the second world war….kids who join the “Young Army” get special treatment and people are encouraged to report their neighbors for any infraction. Everything is controlled by the Government…you can’t even grow a garden without permission.

It is a scary world and the worst thing about it is that I can imagine our world getting to be like that if we are not careful.

The main character is a really likable guy and I was rooting for him the whole way. I am looking forward to the second book which they say is supposed to come out this month. I will be grabbing a copy as soon as possible.

About the book :

The world is on fire. From the ashes like a phoenix rises a new America, one that will save it all. Under one condition; absolute and complete surrender.
The world complies without question. Those who don’t are destroyed. It is in this world, John is born. His very name is treason.
If the New America, now known to everyone as the State, knew what John was, they’d kill him, but instead they give him a gift.


But unlike the others, my parents have made me commit to memory the preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America, a document outlawed by the State and every night my father pulls out a very old Bible hidden in a compartment in our wall and we listen to him read aloud its words.  If it is found out that we have such a book, the penalty is death, but we read it anyway.   Our government is called the State of America and consists of most of the civilized world.  I do not know what schools were like before the Great Fires but ours are old and moldy, full to the breaking point with youth and children.  The conditions have worsened through the years since the State has taken over and slowly broken down society much like strip mining, leaving nothing in place of what they have taken.  In many ways, we are no more than cattle waiting to be taken to the slaughter, only to serve the State and its needs.  It is here at school that my life changed forever and I could no longer sit and do nothing while others decided my fate for me.

About the Authors :

Scott Powell was born in Burlington, Vermont, to a father who was a police officer and a mother who emigrated from South Korea. He received a degree in marketing from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Scott served a two-year Spanish-speaking mission for his church. He is a mixed martial artist who continues to train with his father, a second-degree black belt in Tae kwon do and a kick boxer.

Besides being married to Scott for over seventeen years, Judith Powell is a stay-at-home mom whose whole life has been full of stories. Being raised by an Irish storytelling father and a Native American mother, stories have filled her life and her head until they finally had no choice but to flow out through her fingertips.

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth Review

Insurgent by Veronica Roth Review

Picture of the cover of Insrugent by Veronica Roth Insurgent is a really good read. I bought it after reading Divergent because I needed to know what happened! Really I did.  Not knowing was driving me crazy.

Besides I wanted to know why all those people were stuck in Chicago. Why is there a fence around Chicago? Why are they divided into factions?

I liked the characters too. Almost all of them anyway…and even some that seemed bad at first turned out to be not so bad later.

I especially liked Four. Although near the end I was wanting to tell him off. He and Tris are both strong, survivor types.

Both books were quick reads. Mainly because once I started reading I didn’t want to quit.

And in case you are wondering…my questions did get answered! If you haven’t read these books…you should. They are young adult books but I am way past that age and I liked them.

From the front cover flap :

One choice can transform you–or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable–and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

About the Author :

The New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first book in a trilogy that she began writing while still a college student. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth and her husband call the Chicago area home.

Visit her on her website at or on Twitter at @VeronicaRoth. You can also ‘like’ the Divergent Series on Facebook.

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