The Ultimate War of the Sexes.
"We deliver this ruling to promote the separation of hormonal influence from procreating, the elimination of hostility between the genders and the liberation of human beings from unattainable and unnecessary relationships."
So decreed the Matriarchal Council of Genesis at the conclusion of the Gender War, long before Eroyn Fairchild was born. She knows no other world, and has never set eyes on a man outside of textbooks. Nor would she want to, given the decades of liturgy describing them as alien, aggressive, generally unintelligent and out to do harm to all females. Funny how the craziest notions can be institutionalized...as history and literature have proven. (Need I say more than "Roman Colosseum," "1984," and "Hunger Games?")
Estranged from her natural parents, Eroyn is paired with an "Elder" for guidance and nurturing, as are all Genesis females when they reach the age of Mentoring. The Youth then takes care of The Elder for the rest of her natural life. (Hmmm...another institution comes to mind. Seniors Home, anyone?) Eroyn's life and beliefs are shaken however, when her her Elder dies, and her job as a security officer results in the capture of a male from The Other Side. His rescuers present a new portrait of 'male' for Eroyn, setting her and lifelong friend Luna on a path to danger and discovery of the truth about her world. More dangerous still, is the friendship she develops with a brother she's never met, and the unfamiliar but undeniable attraction she begins to feel for his
Book 2 of this series was previously reviewed, and though well done it lacked the necessary backstory to stand on its own. Now that the gaps are filled in, I venture to say The Separation has all the makings of a YA masterpiece. Book 3 can't come soon enough!!
The Separation is a must read and my favorite book of 2017 so far!
We were meant to be together. But someone decided that apart we were better.
For 100 years the men and women of Genesis have been separated, living in fear, suspicion and general disregard of one another. Aside from the obvious necessity of procreation, human males and females have been alienated under the curious regimes of the Matriarch and Patriarch of Compound A. When the city of Genesis is attacked and bombed nearly to extinction, a small group of fighters make ready to retaliate against their aggressor, but can men and women join together in a common battle?
Eroyn Fairchild is the freedom fighter that has done the unthinkable; not only rebel but begin a relationship with a boy named Archer Finn. Their mutual attraction is real, but the outcome of their relationship is uncertain and potentially doomed. Eroyn and Archer, along with friends Luna, Blaze and stray dog Rusty must convince all the people of Genesis that the only solution is to mount an attack.
As this is book 2 in a series, there are integral parts of the story that necessitate reading Book 1. I regret I did not have the opportunity to do this, because as a standalone, the backstory and previous events are to be mostly guessed at and leaves the reader both curious and frustrated at the same time.
However, that is my loss; While a plethora of personas remain mysterious and unexplained in the context of book 2, the main characters in this story are brought vividly to life. Readers can feel like they know and care deeply for them, and be on the edge of their seats wondering if they will overcome obstacles and emerge triumphant. I always enjoy stories that explore the "what if" and how people adapt and survive under bizarre and unnatural circumstances.
A recommended read - but only if read in order!