An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King

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Read An Excess Male Online Free - From debut author Maggie Shen King, An Excess Male is the chilling dystopian tale of politics, inequality, marriage, love, and rebellion, set in a near-future China, that further explores the themes of the classic The Handmaid's Tale and When She Woke.

Under the One Child Policy, everyone plotted to have a son.

Now 40 million of them can't find wives. China’s One Child Policy and its cultural preference for male heirs have created a society overrun by 40 million unmarriageable men. By the year 2030, more than twenty-five percent of men in their late thirties will not have a family of their own. An Excess Male is one such leftover man’s quest for love and family under a State that seeks to glorify its past mistakes and impose order through authoritatian measures, reinvigorated Communist ideals, and social engineering.Wei-guo holds fast to the belief that as long as he continues to improve himself, his small business, and in turn, his country, his chance at love will come. He finally saves up the dowry required to enter matchmaking talks at the lowest rung as a third husband—the maximum allowed by law. Only a single family—one harboring an illegal spouse—shows interest, yet with May-ling and her two husbands, Wei-guo feels seen, heard, and connected to like never before. But everyone and everything—walls, streetlights, garbage cans—are listening, and men, excess or not, are dispensable to the State. Wei-guo must reach a new understanding of patriotism and test the limits of his love and his resolve in order to save himself and this family he has come to hold dear.

In Maggie Shen King’s startling and beautiful debut, An Excess Male looks to explore the intersection of marriage, family, gender, and state in an all too plausible future.

Title : An Excess Male
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ISBN : 0062662570
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

March 31, 2017

AN EXCESS MALE imagines what happens in a China where the One Child Policy and the preference for male children leads to a society where men vastly outnumber women but society frowns on unmarried men. In this world, women can take up to three husbands and have one child with each of them. What's...

Terri rated it ★★★★☆

October 06, 2017

It's China in the not-too-distant future. Because of the Chinese "one child" policy and many families choosing to have sons, there is an excess male population. There are not enough women to marry. The Chinese solution is polyandry--each woman can have up to 3 husbands. We meet Wei-guo, a young ma...

Billie rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 05, 2017

An interesting concept and characters get bogged down by over-writing. There isn't much that actually happens here and it doesn't happen for hundreds of pages. Part of the problem is that the book is being published by Voyager, which specializes in Science Fiction and Fantasy and this reads more...

Geri rated it ★★★☆☆

September 20, 2017

This was an interesting book. But not what I expected. The book is categorized as dystopian/science fiction. But there wasn't much sci-fi in the story. The book is about Wei-Guo and his search for a wife and family. Since this is a near future China and women are scarce, he is being considered as...

Diane rated it ★★★★★

April 26, 2017

An Excess Male takes a fascinating look into the possible future of China years after the One Child Policy. The predicted 40 million men that can't find wives is daunting. This potential possibility leads to a law allowing a maximum of 3 husbands per 1 wife. The novels description of this frighte...

N. rated it ★★★★★

April 20, 2017

The pursuit of love and marriage can be alternately exhilarating and heartbreaking. But in the futuristic world of Wei-guo and May-ling finding a mate is a statistical minefield. In China, where male off-spring are preferred, the One-Child Policy has created a country teeming with young men vying...

Tansy rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 13, 2017

CONTANS SPOILERS. This book started off FANTASTICALLY and then, about 2/3 of the way through, it completely fell apart. For most of the book, the focus was on the believable personal struggles of four people living in a non-unrealistic future. Then all of the sudden, it turned from a drama into a...

Margaret rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 19, 2017

This is a review of an ARC from Edelweiss DNF. An intriguing premise: add 30 or so years to China's One Child policy (and preference for boys) and you have an unstable population of millions of "extra men." King does an amazing job of imagining how China's government might handle the issue: milita...

Adriana rated it ★★★★★

October 12, 2017

This book is full of fantastic storytelling and relatable, fully fleshed out characters. The plot and the people that inhabit it get more complex with each page you turn - it soon gets to the point were the term "page turner" is insufficient. The fact that the situations that are described in the...

Maggi rated it ★★★★☆

September 30, 2017

An Excess Male is totally outside of my wheelhouse as far as genre, yet I found it fascinating-- sort of the other side of The Handmaid's Tale. The characters of Wei-guo and May-ling are somewhat one dimensional, and the writing doesn't make you sit up and notice its beauty. But perhaps that is...

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