4 and 3 Stars for Y Negative by Kelly Haworth #MM #SciFi @kellyhaworth


Title: Y Negative
Author Name & Publisher: Kelly Haworth (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: November 16, 2015 – 317 pgs


In the last surviving cities of a ruined world, the concept of “woman” has been forgotten to history. Those unfortunate enough to lack a Y chromosome live as second-class citizens in a world dominated by mascs.

Ember is Y negative. He is scorned, bullied, abused by every masc he encounters, at work and at the gym. Not even his Y negative roommate cuts him any slack. He wants so desperately to be accepted as a masc that he’d rather buy black market testosterone than food. Something’s gotta give—he needs a change in his life, but has no idea how to find it.

Jess is a masc with a passion for studying the recovery of their devastated world. His boyfriend is pressuring him for more commitment, and his father expects him to take over the family business. He can’t wait to get away from civilization for his seasonal research out in the wild.

When Jess offers Ember a job, their lives collide in the isolated wasteland, and their initial attraction turns into a relationship that horrifies those around them. Soon their struggle to stay together and to be who they are turns into a fight for their lives.

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Welllll… This was a different book.. That much I can say.
I’ll start with the pros. The plot was quite unique and I liked that. There is a lot that goes on that keeps the reader tuned in. The writing is very good and smooth. The characters were complex and interesting.
The cons…. I would have really liked for there to have been a much better intro into the story that gave us some more background on the story and how things came to be the way they are or even just more information about the way society was. I felt like we were thrown into a new world and expected to know how things worked without any explanation at the beginning. Sure by the end of the book I understood much more, but for a while it was so rough to get through.
I never understood why being female was such a bad thing and why everyone was called a male even though they clearly weren’t. It’s more of a trans story than Male/Male.
I think if there had been a better explanation at the beginning of the book it would’ve made the book better as a whole. A little explanation as to why there is such a difference in class would’ve been really helpful as well, but overall I enjoyed the book.


I think around the second chapter of this book is when my brain went “Uuuuuuuuh….” LOL
The plot for this book is very…weird but interesting. Unique? Honestly it confused me for a bit until I realized exactly what I was reading.
The book is set in a world where “females” don’t exist. Kinda. Sorta. See, something happened where most of the females died off, leaving the population with only males. Mostly. I thought I was going to be reading about an all male society with mpregs and such but it’s not like that. Not really. It’s like a gender bender.
The remaining females basically became “males”. They’re born female but they’re forced to be men after giving birth like 5 times. It’s nuts. Seriously, the author’s imagination is creative. Their boobs are chopped off but they still have female parts below the belt.
The story focuses on Ember, one of the few who was born female, gave birth to many kids, kids she’ll never see again, then she turned to a “he” to better fit in society dominated by males. It’s confusing but you just gotta go with the story. LOL


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Kelly Haworth grew up in San Francisco and has been reading science fiction and fantasy classics since she was a kid. She developed way too active an imagination as a result, thus, she started writing. Being genderfluid and pansexual, she loves to write LGBTQ+ characters in genres such as science fiction with diverse aliens, and urban fantasies with shifters and fire sorcerers. With degrees in both genetics and psychology, she works as a project manager at a genetics lab. When not working or writing, she can be found wrangling her toddler, working on cosplay, or curled up on the couch with a good TV show or book.

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