book review

Who Runs the World? by Virginia Bergin

Rating: 2.5 stars

Set in a world where males cannot live outside of specially built ‘sanctuaries’ due to a virus, the matriarchy is alive and thriving. Fourteen year old River has never experienced a real life male – that is, until she finds one, half dead and naked in the middle of the road. After it – wait, no, he – regains consciousness, he presumes that River is another boy, also run away from a sanctuary.

Once River brings him back to her village, she sets off a chain reaction of events, causing old wounds to be re-opened, and a lot of difficult decisions to come to light. Will River be able to overcome her initial feelings and be strong enough to not only help a male, but also defend him?

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I hate to say it, but I was disappointed with this book. With its premise of a futuristic matriarchal world, I was intrigued from the off. Sadly, for me, the book failed to live up to my expectations. The plot jumped from one incident to another, some seemingly added just for the sake of drama, and not really adding to the story. Plus, it takes a really long time to get going, for it all to be neatly wrapped up in about 2 chapters at the end. Parts I really enjoyed (such as any comment from a Granmumma relating back to current times), but on the whole, it just felt a bit too disjointed.

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