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The XY

by Bergin, Virginia,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Andrew Carnegie Free Library Young Adult YA FIC BERGIN
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA FIC BERGIN
CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Bergin
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN FICTION Bergin
Monroeville Public Library Teen Books Y BERGIN VIRGINIA
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Teen Books
Northland Public Library Teen TEEN FIC BERGIN
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Teen

Deluxe edition with a custom transparent jacket--available on the first printing only!

From the author of H2Oand The Storm--She's been taught to fear him. He's been taught to fear her. What if they're both wrong?

In River's world, XYs are a relic of the past, along with things like war and violence. Thanks to the Global Agreements, River's life is simple, safe, and peaceful...until she comes across a body in the road one day. A body that is definitely male, definitely still alive. River isn't prepared for this. There's nothing in the Agreements about how to deal with an XY. Yet one lies before her, sick, suffering, and at her mercy.

River can kill him, or she can save him. Either way, nothing will ever be the same.

Winner of the James Tiptree Jr. Literary Award.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When a supervirus decimates half of the population the male half humanity averts extinction by creating sterilized Sanctuaries for men. Outside of the Sanctuaries, matriarchies rise, bound by radical, new global agreements (we reject all forms of violence; we will all help each other). River, born to the second postvirus generation, knows nothing about boys. When she meets Mason, a boy who can survive on the outside, she begins questioning the very foundations of gender, as well as the ethics of the quarantine that places reproduction above free will. Bergin's matriarchal world building is fascinating, especially the delightful dynamics of River's three-generational household. However, the logistics of the all-male Sanctuaries receive none of the same treatment, leaving readers frustratingly in the dark as to how they function. River's jarring encounter with another escapee further muddles the narrative. Yet the intimate female relationships that evolve in the absence of men are inspiring and rich, not deficient, and the story thankfully forgoes the typical, predictable romance between River and Mason. Hand to teens thirsting for an original tale.--Carolyn Kelly Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This near-future novel from Bergin (H2O) is set in southwest Britain, 60 years after a virus killed most of Earth's biologically born men. Women run the world, and boys and men now spend their lives in sterilized Sanctuaries, valued only for their reproductive contributions. Teenage River has never even seen an "XY" until she stumbles across a sick, fearful boy lying in the road and saves him in accordance with the Global Agreements, which require citizens to help one another. According to River's Mumma, their region's National Council representative, protocol dictates that Mason receive no treatment other than painkillers. But the village's remaining granmummas, who lost loved ones to the pandemic, are determined to save him. The mystery behind Mason's provenance and apparent immunity power the plot, while the potential ramifications of his survival create tension. Bergin uses a clever premise and vividly sketched characters to illustrate the importance of compassion and inclusion, but stereotypically gendered world building (video games and organized sports don't exist without men), together with reductivist reflections on the social construction of gender, lessen the story's impact. Ages 14-up. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Virus diseases -- Fiction.
Sex role -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Science fiction.
Dystopian fiction.
Publisher Naperville, Illinois :2018
Other Titles Who runs the world
Language English
Notes Originally published as: Who runs the world?
Includes a conversation with the author (pages 329-334).
Awards James Tiptree Jr. Award, 2017
Description 337 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781492662174
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