The Y Chromosome

  • Pages:256
  • Publisher:Cormorant Books
  • Themes:all female society, all women society, utopia, dystopia, toxic masculinity
  • Available:06/25/2019
In an all-woman society of the future, the few remaining men live in hiding. The futuristic society was developed by necessity and is far from perfect, but it now abhors its male-dominated past, where violence escalated to an extreme. The journals of a man who lived during The Change reveal the desperate turmoil and anger of a world facing the extinction of half its members. The journals are now part of university history courses, leading to assessments of the past that are both ironic and disturbing. When one of the living men is discovered, the resulting conflict threatens both worlds.

“B.C. writer Gom’s first foray into science fiction—set in the distant future; hundreds of years after the men have been wiped out by a sex-specific virus—is a well-written story about such universal matters as love and hate.”

– The Shortlist; Toronto Globe & Mail

“This is not another novel to be miscast as ‘another woman’s book’ but rather one that deserves a slow and careful read from readers of both sexes.”

– Toronto Globe & Mail

“I really had a good time with this book. I really found myself involved with it.”

– Morningside

“If you, as a male, have ever wondered how the unequal power between women and men could possibly tilt a sexual relationship in the man’s favor, then read this book. If, as a woman, you have ever had trouble explaining to a man how inequality gets carried over to the bedroom, get this book…. It deserves to be as widely read and widely discussed as The Handmaids Tale.“

– The Kingston Whig-Standard

“Gom’s courageous third novel dares to challenge misogynist and feminist alike. The Y Chromosome is compellingly written; its taunt prose seldom falters. Gom’s even-handed treatment of both male and female characters and her refusal to descend into caricature or diatribe make her novel a powerful exploration of the complexity of the gender-difference issue.”

– The Edmonton Journal

The Y Chromosome has all the making of a political bombshell Gom is a writer with a brilliant gift for narrative. The book’s plot powers along at breakneck speed. It is going to provoke quite a storm.“

– Now Magazine

“Frequently, sci-fi and futuristic fiction is devoid of the real substance that makes writing exciting. Gom’s novel is given the grace of humanity. It is the predictable nature of compassion and jealousy, parental love, that gives this book credibility. Her future society, often self-righteous and self-serving like any functioning Utopia, is treated with gentle satire.”

– The Vancouver Sun

The Y Chromosome is really just a dandy novel, a page turner.”

– Victoria Times-Colonist