Y by Shane Jason Taylor ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

YTitle: Y

Author: Shane Jason Taylor

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Scarlett Rugers Design

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/15/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Blurb:

For a human race on the cusp of extinction, breeders are the most prized men in the world. One in three thousand are born to the wealth, privilege and status of the position. A life in the lap of luxury, the chance to be anything and do whatever one wants, and all that’s required is to do one’s civic duty and aid in repopulating humanity. Of course, if you’re Rohan Mathews, that’s not going to be easy.

As a student of the tower where breeder males are taught, kept and tended to, his greatest concerns are passing his classes, avoiding trouble with security, and of course keeping his secret relationship with best friend Kaden completely secret. After all, what use is a breeder who won’t breed?

That ceases to matter when Rohan finds his mother wounded and on the run from security. When he’s handed a small flash drive and told to escape, keeping secrets and passing classes are the least of his troubles. All the while, the Overseer of the tower will stop at nothing to recover Rohan and his mother’s data. Against the Overseer and all her power, all Rohan has is his mind, his silver-tongued friend, and the warnings of his traitorous mother:

Get out.

Trust no one.

Run.

My View:

I have a new author I will be watching in the coming months/years. I am eagerly anticipating the next installment in Rohan and Kaden’s saga. Together these two teenagers changed their world. But they still have so much work to do.

Rohan and Kaden’s story is set in a future where the Y chromosome has undergone enough mutation to render the large majority of males infertile. Rohan and Kaden are both breeders. Two of a very elite group who aren’t. As men in general have become less and less useful in procreation, they have also become less and less well thought of. Society has essentially switched from the patriarchal society we know and loathe to a purely matriarchal one. What’s more the women in power have become corrupted by that power and will stop at nothing to ensure their role in society never changes.

Kaden and Rohan are in love. A love that is forbidden them. More importantly, they are best friends and loyal to each other to the end of the world. They are each other’s everything after having both of their families ripped from them — under very different circumstances. In their world “breeders” are wards of the government. They are no longer sons. They are no longer allowed to be objects of affection. They are simply a dick and sperm and are considered a commodity. It about broke my heart when that commodity had to be used in their quest by someone unworthy.

There are delightful twists and turns along the boys’ journey. There are heartbreaking moments and breath catching moments. There are pages that will keep you on the edge of your proverbial seat. Y is a fast paced, action filled adventure story set in a world at war. The entire story takes place over only about two days. 48 hours is all it takes for two teenagers to upend completely the world in which they live. The only world they have ever known.

This is Taylor’s first novel.  It has some rough spots that could be smoothed out with a good editor, but the story transcends those issues.  I was never pulled from the page by them.  That is everything to me.  If you follow my reviews, you know I don’t give five stars lightly.  That should tell you something about this story.

There are themes in this novel that may make a few people uncomfortable.  However, I never found them to be out of line for the story.  Heartbreaking, yes, but necessary for the message the author was trying to convey.

This is not a romance. Don’t think for a second it is. This is a young adult science fiction novel, and hopefully the start of a series that can take LGBT fiction into the mainstream.

After you finish Y, the author has an equally fantastic prequel available on his Wattpad for free https://www.wattpad.com/story/54084039-y-maternal-instinct.  I recommend reading Y first, however, because the prequel contains a few spoilers for Y that are better experienced from Rohan’s point of view first.

Links

Y on Goodreads
Self Published
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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