Review: Who Runs the World by Virginia Bergin

About the book:

Welcome to the Matriarchy.

Sixty years after a virus has wiped out almost all the men on the planet, things are pretty much just as you would imagine a world run by women might be: war has ended; greed is not tolerated; the ecological needs of the planet are always put first. In two generations, the female population has grieved, pulled together and moved on, and life really is pretty good – if you’re a girl. It’s not so great if you’re a boy, but fourteen-year-old River wouldn’t know that. Until she met Mason, she thought they were extinct.

Cover of Who Runs the World

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Review by Katy Haye:

I love Virginia Bergin’s books. When I spotted Who Runs the World? I snatched up a copy to take home immediately.

We have more of the brilliance that brought us The Rain and The Storm. There’s nothing glib about the end of the world here, it’s difficult and messy, but it’s rapidly become life as usual. Much of the book was quite gentle. In many, many ways the world is better without men: animals on the brink of extinction are flourishing, the earth is nurtured, no one goes hungry.

And then things got much darker. Because a survival situation requires difficult choices. And women are just as capable as men of making the wrong ones.

As River knows, instinctively and with absolute clarity, no one should ever feel grateful for being treated like a human being. Entertaining, thought-provoking and a little bit heart-breaking, I loved it.

Katy Haye is reading (and reviewing) her way through the alphabet. Check back next week for her “X” review, of Xoe by Sara C. Roethle

When not reading, Katy writes speculative YA fiction. Rising Tides has just been shortlisted for the 2017 RONE Awards.

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