"If you see a beast, and you have the shot, don't hesitate. Kill it." For years, the land of fees and the land of beasts have existed side by side in relative peace. Glori, the young granddaughter of Grand Island's leader knew twenty-seven beast counterattack moves by the time she was seven and has never questioned the separation of the sexes, nor the rules that keep her community safe. But when her mother secretly gives birth to a baby boy, she grows to love the child and starts to wonder: Could all men really be "beasts"? When Glori's brother, at the age of five, is taken back to the City of Beasts in a rare attack that leaves several fees dead, Glori, along with her best friend, Su, decides to do the unthinkable—infiltrate the city in an attempt to get him back. It's supposed to be a smash-and-grab job, but when things go awry, Glori finds herself teaming up with a beast named Sway and learning that—just like the women in her life—men are not all alike. They can be loyal, they can be fierce, they can be kind. And they might just help her save the world.
After a nuclear event leaves the world in ruins, the women ("fees") of Buffalo gather for safety and form a women's-only community on an isolated island. Glori, granddaughter of the community's founder, is part of the last generation of children born before radiation caused widespread sterility. Though she has been raised to fear and protect herself against the male "beasts" across the water, she has a soft spot for her little brother, Twofer, born under mysterious circumstances and kept a secret. When the beasts take him, she sets off to bring him back, encountering some men who are just as bad as she expected. But she also finds kindness and generosity, especially from Sway, the boy who becomes her guide to the world outside her island, and together they discover that people of all genders are capable of monstrous acts as well as comfort and kindness. As Glori and Sway grow closer, they begin to imagine their city united, but first they'll have to foil a plot to kill every beast in Buffalo. A page-turning dystopian novel that explores the divisions that differences can engender and the things that can, sometimes, mend them. Ages 14 up.