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XX by Angela Chadwick

Synopsis

When Rosie and Jules discover a ground-breaking clinical trial that enables two women to have a female baby, they jump at the chance to make history.

Fear-mongering politicians and right-wing movements are quick to latch on to the controversies surrounding Ovum-to-Ovum (o-o) technology and stoke the fears of the public. What will happen to the numbers of little boys born? Is there a sinister conspiracy to eradicate men at play?

In this toxic political climate, Jules and Rosie try to hide their baby from scrutiny. But when the news of Rosie’s pregnancy is leaked to the media, their relationship is put under a microscope and they’re forced to question the loyalty of those closest to them, and battle against a tirade of hate that threatens to split them apart…

I have many thoughts about this book, all of them good. While I’ve seen it labelled as dystopian I don’t feel that it should be. It is such an interesting, intriguing read. It follows Jules and Rosie as they take part in a clinical trial and become the first 2 women to have a baby together. The story is told from Jules point of view and it mainly follows her feelings at being seen as a “father” and how the media is portraying them. It opens so many discussions about what if this could be true, would you agree with it, would you be a supporter or would you be one of the many people who believe that family should be Mother and Father? In the time we live when so many people are persecuted because of who they love or want to be this book feels real. Not because of the clinical trials but because of the scrutiny and hate that is portrayed against 2 people just because they aren’t seen as “traditional”. I love a book that opens discussions in this way and this definitely does that.
I do want to state though that I don’t believe in traditional and you are free to love and be whoever you wish!

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