Review: Y Negative

Posted: 08/11/2015 in book reviews, books
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Y Negative
Y Negative by Kelly Haworth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Content warnings: sex, hyper masculinity, violence, death, drugs

I received a free copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Despite my star rating, I really actually enjoyed this book. It’s basically a post apocalyptic world in which hyper masculinity is very valuable as is being gay and hyper masculine. That is the normal of the world. If you are genetically Y Negative (which we deem to be female in our current world) you are basically an incubator for gay couples to have genetically engineered children with their genes.

This was a very interesting take on the whole hyper masculinity thing that our culture has. And mirrored very closely how some men tend to treat women and those they deem inferior. Another thing they do is look at being heterosexual as being kinky or a perversion (or in some cases both). The book switches between two characters points of view. Jess is a masc which means that he’s naturally male and is expected to be gay and hyper masculine. Ember is a y negative. He’s gone through 6 surrogacies  and is now surgically fixed so he can’t go through any more. He’s also what we’d consider to be a transgender character. He has top surgery to remove his breasts and he takes testosterone so that he can feel more comfortable in his own body.

Jess and Ember wind up working together and things wind up happening culminating in them at the end working to try and dismantle the current norms of their society.

Buy it here:

Amazon|Barnes & Noble|iBooks|Riptide Publishing

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