Children of Men meets The Handmaid's Tale in this "smartly written" and "splendid" thriller about how far a mother will go to protect her son from a hostile world transformed by the absence of men (Stephen King).
Most of the men are dead. Three years after the pandemic known as The Manfall, governments still hold and life continues—but a world run by women isn't always a better place.
Twelve-year-old Miles is one of the last boys alive, and his mother, Cole, will protect him at all costs. On the run after a horrific act of violence-and pursued by Cole's own ruthless sister, Billie—all Cole wants is to raise her kid somewhere he won't be preyed on as a reproductive resource or a sex object or a stand-in son. Someplace like home.
To get there, Cole and Miles must journey across a changed America in disguise as mother and daughter. From a military base in Seattle to a luxury bunker, from an anarchist commune in Salt Lake City to a roaming cult that's all too ready to see Miles as the answer to their prayers, the two race to stay ahead at every step . . . even as Billie and her sinister crew draw closer.
A sharply feminist, high-stakes thriller from award-winning author Lauren Beukes, Afterland brilliantly blends psychological suspense, American noir, and science fiction into an adventure all its own—and perfect for our times.
In this intriguing and all too timely near-future thriller from South African author Beukes (The Shining Girls), human culgoa virus, "a highly contagious flu that turns into an aggressive prostate cancer in men and boys," kills more than 99% of the world's male population within six months of its outbreak. The global response to the disease includes a ban on pregnancies until science can prevent the virus from afflicting future generations. Miles, a healthy 12 year old, has been held by the Department of Men in California's Napa Valley, where healthy young males are being guarded for their safety, until his mother, Cole, frees him in a violent encounter that leaves her sister, Billie, seriously injured. Cole disguises Miles as a girl, and they embark on a perilous odyssey aimed at escaping the U.S. for Cole's native South Africa. After Billie recovers, she sets off in pursuit of Cole and Miles so that she can sell her nephew's sperm for millions on the black market. Though Beukes's worldbuilding isn't on the level of The Handmaid's Tale, in which a pandemic renders most women infertile, this is a worthy addition to the pandemic fiction subgenre.
Good book some parts too minutiae detailed
A mother and her son are running from the government, her sister who wants her son to use his resources for black market sale in the millions and she’s on the run completely paranoid, distraught and in the midst of a harrowing and devastating virus that has virtually killed all males young and old with what is a fast spreading and death rate of 100% once infected yet her son has somehow been immune. The government wants him for testing researching and banking and others will want to exploit him as well. Dystopian society type story