Monday, November 18, 2013

Y by: Bonnie Rozanski

Publication Date: August 2010

Overview: The year is 2011, the place, New York City. A mysterious microbe has begun to infect women of child-bearing age. Though the medical establishment writes it off as a simple flu, and the epidemic appears to be dying out, a young New York obstetrician confronts a conundrum. In the past year, the ratio of boys to girls born in her practice has declined precipitously. Dr. Deborah Kruger suspects the truth: that infected women are no longer able to give birth to male children. 

With the help of her husband Larry, a computer analyst, Deborah tracks the epicenter to New York City, from which the infection is already bursting forth. And, as years pass, despite hundreds of laboratories at work on it, the microbe continues to overrun borders and envelop the Earth. With Science unable to stop it, and the contagion rippling worldwide in an AIDS-like pandemic, how will society cope in an increasingly female world?

Unquestionably, some changes are inevitable. Companies hire more women; who assume more leadership positions, replacing the male hierarchy with their own female style of management, to great success. Among the younger generation, monogamy is increasingly replaced by polygamy. Wars decrease. Crime falls. Football attendance is down. Ballet is up.

"Y" follows three New York City families for an entire generation, each with its own story. The blue-collar husband proves unable to deal with a wife who has become the major bread-winner. The yuppie husband does well in his career but cannot resist the temptations of a workplace with limitless young women. His wife, turned off from men entirely, will leave him and become a force to reckon with in her own right. And, along the way, the children of all three families struggle to find mates and to secure their own places in this new, Topsy-turvy world.

At once a fast-paced thriller of a gripping race for a cure, a speculative tale about a futuristic society, and a comic battle between the sexes, "Y" is, above all, the story of real people caught up in a society they no longer recognize.

My thoughts: This is far fetched and extreme. I am usually all about the end of the world types, but this one was too much for me and it dealt mainly with humanity. I found it hard to believe and concentrate on. I wanted to for the author be so in love with it, but I just couldn't bring my self to that point. Are woman that much in charge that you believe you could give them dominance over everyone. I feel like it could be anyone's game not just women. 
Hoe can you write a futurist novel and not include wireless systems. That brought me back to Y2K and stuff when we only had dial-up internet, I'm not going back. 
I did enjoy the sense of humor and would want people to read it just for that, but I'm not feminist and don't really care for the feminist types. I hope the author has great success.

My rating: 2 stars

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