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Official Review: xx v xy

Post by kandscreeley » 21 Nov 2017, 15:28

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "xx v xy" by christina cigala and bobby goldstein.]
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There are books that I enjoy taking my time reading; they are meant to be sipped and savored like a fine wine. Then there are books that my eyes can't fly across the page fast enough; these are meant to be gulped as one in a desert thirsty for water. XX v XY is a dystopian fiction that falls into the latter category.

The United States are now divided; there is an East America and a West America. In the East, women are property. A woman's highest honor is to become a Nancy. A Nancy goes through programming to become completely submissive to her husband. She is also given cosmetic surgery to have the perfect look; they go so far as to bleach the women's skin.

In the West, women rule. Marriage is non-existent, but women have houseboys that take care of them. For those that cannot afford houseboys, a partner is taken. Sex is permitted only for procreation purposes. The women of the West take a pill called Amplexus that makes them stronger and keeps the weak feelings at bay.

The East and the West do not get along. The women of the West feel sorry for those that are programmed into becoming Nancys. The East does not like the way the men in the West are treated. They have gone so far as to poison the water in the West so that they cannot bear children. Who is right? Which sex is stronger? How can two sides that are seemingly so different reconcile? Is it even possible?

This book had me hooked from the start. I love dystopian stories, and this one is very well written. There are similarities to other books out there, namely Gender Games. However, the authors put their own spin on the story. The characters are engaging and realistic. I found myself rooting for the Nancys to break free of their mental prison. I even saw a little bit of myself in some of the characters.

I also enjoyed the fact that the book is not only fun to read, but there are lessons to be learned as well. There are themes of staying true to yourself as well as love conquering all. In the East and the West, you see two extremes. Once again, though, the truth is somewhere in the middle.

There were a few minor drawbacks in this book. First, I had a bit of an issue with the genre classification. OBC has this book classified as young adult. Some of the content as well as the themes are a bit too mature for younger audiences, though. I would recommend this only be read by mature high schoolers or adults.

The second problem that I came across was with one of the characters. Thaddeus is from East America but moved to the West in his childhood. He was once a female but is now a male. He is the nanny for a prominent West American child. When it's first explained that he used to be a woman, the authors don't really make it clear why. Since this is a dystopian fiction, there could be a number of reasons. I kept asking myself why he became a woman especially in a society that clearly values females. I believe that the authors wanted this character to be transgender. I just feel that this wasn't made clear enough if that was their intent.

The minor flaws did not at all detract from my enjoyment of this story. It is with pleasure that I rate XX v XY 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good science fiction novel. However, I do want to warn you... Once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down until the last page!

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 22 Nov 2017, 06:26

I'm intrigued. Like fine wine, this is definitely a book to be sipped and savored. I wonder where this battle between east and west will end.
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Post by kandscreeley » 22 Nov 2017, 07:09

Thanks Mercy. It was really a great book.
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Post by MsTri » 22 Nov 2017, 16:32

Wow. This sounds like an extremely intriguing story. As much as I love YA books, I've gotten weary of dystopian tales, as they seem to be pretty much "same ole, same ole". So I'm glad to find one with a new take. I'm pretty sure I would have loved to live in the west - ha ha! - but I also really liked both Stepford Wives movies, so this one sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the great introduction. I'm totally sold.

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Post by kandscreeley » 22 Nov 2017, 17:03

Thanks Ms. Tri. It was a page turner.
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Post by Yazan saadeddin » 23 Nov 2017, 21:19

This is a very nice book .. really suggest it !!

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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Nov 2017, 21:45

I enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting.
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Post by CommMayo » 24 Nov 2017, 00:17

Sounds like a really interesting novel. While I do enjoy reading YA fiction from time to time, it makes me happy to hear that this might be more appropriate as a book for adults. Thanks for posting your review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 24 Nov 2017, 07:33

Thanks comm... If you like dystopian, this might be for you.
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Post by Adedola » 24 Nov 2017, 08:42

xx v xy by christina cigala and bobby goldstein sounds like a great plot for a movie. I'm looking forward to reading the book. Thank you for the review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 24 Nov 2017, 10:20

It probably would make good movie! Thanks adedola.
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Post by inaramid » 26 Nov 2017, 11:30

The book cover had me hooked, but your review has reeled me in. The premise sounds extreme—too fantastic by any standards—but I like the questions that it raised. I’m particularly curious to see exactly how the United States got divided, and how women came to be dominant in one society and vice versa.

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Post by kandscreeley » 26 Nov 2017, 11:42

Thanks for commenting. It was fun to read.
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Post by Job Njoroge » 27 Nov 2017, 00:58

Great review you have explained the plot well and mentioned some of the themes i.e. love. The story seems to be set in the possible near future when real humans can be programmed but some of the things are true. Great work altogether.

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Post by kandscreeley » 27 Nov 2017, 09:11

It's definitely not too far in the future. A possible future. Thanks for commenting.
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