“HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR A CHILD OF YOUR OWN?
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 didn’t know what I was expecting when I went into reading XX by Angela Chadwick, all I knew beforehand was the description, which instantly intrigued me. Once I started reading it, it instantly gripped me and I didn’t want to put it down, which is a rare and hard thing to do. There was so much to the story, to the plot and to these characters, that there is so much to unfold that I don’t even know where to start, except to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was so captivating and thought provoking with the topics discussed within it, that I was fully immersed within it.
The story is told from the point of view of Jules, one of the few women who were lucky enough to get chosen to participate in the Ovum-Ovum (o-o) trial. This trial enables the ability for two women to have a baby, without the need of a man or his sperm. As the mans sperm ultimately determined the gender of the baby, as a male is XY and a female is XX, if women were to do this, they would always be guaranteed to have a baby girl. This creates problems!
Chadwick does a good job of highlighting the different sides of this story. How different people within this story reacts to the trial. The pros, the cons. How political beliefs can spread so far, so fast and how many people take on those beliefs without doing any research themselves. Simply because of fear, or because they think it’s the most popular belief to have. However, as this story is only told from Jules’ point of view, a women participating in the trial, I think it does cause instant biases with the reader. I would have liked to have seen even just one chapter from someone else’s view point, say Priors, the biggest political anti Ovum-Ovum opponent. I think that would’ve just added that extra layer.
The writing is great and kept me hooked to the story the entire time, making me want to discuss the book with people, the topics and see what their reactions would be. Keeping this fresh in my head, especially with the topics that are discussed, because I believe they do have some real world issues. I wanted to see how actual people would react, to see if they’d think this would be this great thing, a miracle, or if they’d have a different opinion. It shocked me how accurate some of the negative reactions were, and again they were from men, which just took me by surprise.
Some of the characters were created with some brilliant depth and who shown great development from the beginning of the book to the end. With reading from someone’s point of view, you get that persons opinions before anything else, including their biased and untrusted views and opinions towards other characters. But as you see that character develop, you see the other characters develop also, which is good, but you don’t get to develop it properly for yourselves in a way, because you’ve always got that opinion nagging at you. Because of that, my opinions changed and what I thought the ending of this book was going to be changed. I was impressed, as this surprised me and I love it when a book ends differently to how I expect and takes it this complete different way, but in a good way. I understood it all and looking back I can see it all, which makes it all so much better!
I can’t believe that this is Angela Chadwicks’ first novel, it’s so thought provoking and how the topic within is so controversial but so important! I read this during Pride, which was a happy coincidence and I’m so happy that I did! This may be Chadwins first novel, but you can see some of her past journalism/reporting history influenced within this book, not just because of Jules and her characters job, but because of how she’s not afraid to go for the controversial topic within this book, because of how important it is. I highly recommend it!!!