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XY (#2 Rain / H2O)

Virginia Bergin



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01 October 2019
Science fiction (Children's&YA); Apocalyptic; Dystopia; Young Adult Science Fiction
From the author of H2O and The Storm-She's been taught to fear him. He's been taught to fear her. What if they're both wrong?

In River's world, XYs are a relic of the past, along with things like war and violence. Thanks to the Global Agreements, River's life is simple, safe, and peaceful...until she comes across a body in the road one day. A body that is definitely male, definitely still alive. River isn't prepared for this. There's nothing in the Agreements about how to deal with an XY. Yet one lies before her, sick, suffering, and at her mercy.

River can kill him, or she can save him. Either way, nothing will ever be the same.

Winner of the James Tiptree Jr. Literary Award.
By:   Virginia Bergin
Imprint:   Sourcebooks
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   Reprint
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   299g
ISBN:   9781492678816
ISBN 10:   1492678813
Series:   Rain / H2O
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 October 2019
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Virginia Bergin is the author of H2O, which The Horn Book Magazine called Inspiring. She lives in Bristol (UK). Visit her online at and on Twitter @VeeBergin.

Reviews for XY (#2 Rain / H2O)

The plot is compelling...[The XY is] An enjoyable quick read for those who love dystopian fiction. - School Library Journal Bergin's matriarchal world building is fascinating...Hand to teens thirsting for an original tale. - Booklist A primer for Margaret Atwood's adult works - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books The XY explores ideas about stereotypes, power, and personal responsibility within a unique and intriguing world. It will leave its audience questioning the role of gender in social development. - Foreword Reviews Bergin uses a clever premise and vividly sketched characters to illustrate the importance of compassion and inclusion, - Publishers Weekly

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