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...

Wanda rated it ★★★★☆

December 08, 2017

Rating: 4.25 stars Better than just your four star, but not quite to the pinnacle of 5 star-ness. I have to hand it to Maggie Shen King—she takes several assumptions and trends, plays them out to their logical conclusion, and makes a dramatic book out of it. Plus I always enjoy speculative fiction...

Aditi rated it ★★★★★

December 11, 2017

“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong…it is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideas.” ----Emma Watson Maggie Shen King, a Taiwanese bestselling author, has penned a highly thought-provoking...

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...

Jennifer rated it ★★★☆☆

November 23, 2017

I have every incentive to procrastinate right now, yet An Excess Male wastes away by my bed, unfinished. I think I'd rather do the dishes than keep reading it, to be honest, which is frustrating because it really is a well-considered, carefully constructed, scarily plausible thought experiment. T...

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...

Roy rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 11, 2017

What starts off as a great concept becomes a rather over written slow novel where nothing really happens. Don't go in expecting a smart sci fi dystopian concept novel. Its really just a literary drama in disguise. The scifi concept is just a very fine mist. The characters are rather uninteresting...

Lara rated it ★★★☆☆

October 11, 2017

I love (okay, I don't love, but I am appreciative of in a writerly sense) how even in a gender-skewed dystopia where polyandry is becoming the norm due to 40 million "excess males", women still are getting the short end of the stick and are still being pressured to produce sons. *sighs*

Matthew rated it ★★★★☆

November 29, 2017

The blurb of this novel announces that China's One-Child Policy and misogyny "cultural preference for male heirs" has created a society overrun by unmarriageable men. In this future-China, Maggie Shen King suggests that a form of polyandry will serve to keep these men in line while preventing the...

Rhode rated it ★★★☆☆

November 12, 2017

Torn. It’s a great book both as an extrapolation of how the near future may look based on where we’re going now, and also as a nuanced novel showing four adults (three men and one woman) falling in love with each other (in most cases platonically) and forming a true family unit. We see through ea...

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