Every Boy Should Have A Man

Every Boy Should Have A Man

Book - 2013
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In a future world where oafs keep humanlike creatures called "mans" as pets, a poor oaf boy brings home a man whom he hides from his parents under his bed and soon learns that they share a common humanity.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Akashic Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9781617751622
1617751626
9781617751578
161775157X
Branch Call Number: ALLEN P
Characteristics: 192 p. ; 21 cm.

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BeccaBB May 25, 2013

This is rather a hard book to review. Partly because it doesn't really fit into any category that I can name and partly because I'm not really sure how I felt about it. It is part fairy tale, part myth, part dystopian fiction and a few other parts too. It explores themes of slavery, cannibalism, war, environmentalism and other big issues. And it spans several generations. It does all this in a relatively short story. It does read quickly and it is interesting how it starts you in a world you don't recognize and works in pieces of a story every child knows. I do like how you are uncertain if this is the future of the human race or its past or happening right now. It is an interesting story and told in a deceptively simple tone so the impact of it kind of creeps up on you. But in a way that was also why I think I didn't connect with it very much. It is told like a fable. Names aren't used and although it follows particular characters they are more examples to make a point than they are individuals and left me with no one I could relate to. Which would have been fine in a fable of a couple of pages or so but in a novel left me feeling unconnected. A lot of the concepts and plotting are interesting but in the end it was more interesting than enjoyable to read.

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