In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.
For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.
Only Ever Yours is The Handmaid’s Tale on steroids (almost literally). This is dystopian fiction at its awful best – O’Neill has created a suffocatingly plausible post-apocalypse world showing humanity at its worst.
We spend the novel in the last year at a school full of young women with nothing to co-operate about and everything to compete for, where the only asset that will benefit them in their coming futures is their looks…
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