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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Review: Epitaph Road (Patneaude)

Title: Epitaph Road
Author: Patneaude
Genre: Dystopian, Fiction, Adventure
Pages: 272
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

In the year 2097, the world is transformed. Thirty years earlier, a mysterious plague wiped out almost the entire male population of the world, devastating every world system from governments to sports teams. Women were forced to take over control of the planet--and in doing so they eliminated all of our most pressing issues: poverty, crime, warfare, hunger . . . all gone.

Fourteen-year-old Kellen knows that this new world is not all it's cracked up to be.  As one of the only boys around, he has become a 2nd class citizen, purposefully kept subservient, even by his own mother.  He also lives under the threat of scattered recurrences of the plague, which seem to pop up wherever small pockets of men begin to regroup and grow in numbers.

Kellen overhears something he shouldn't--another outbreak is headed for the rural community where his father and a small group of men live separately from the female-dominated society. Kellen is suspicious about the origins of the plague and realizes that he must save his father, no matter the danger.

This is the beginning of the books that I wish I had read before publishing my Summer Reading list.  I totally would have included this one!  The author lives locally (Woodinville) so the setting of this story is Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula...very familiar locations to readers here.

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