An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King

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An Excess Male Read 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


Aditi rated it ★★★★★

January 02, 2018

“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...

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...

Justine rated it ★★★★☆

February 11, 2018

4.5 stars An compelling and emotional read. I loved the close examination of what constitutes family, love, and happiness for the four main characters, and how wonderfully interconnected they were with each other. The totalitarian regime combined with the regressive sociopolitical views forced by t...

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...

Sarah Anne rated it ★★★★☆

February 21, 2018

This ended up being entirely different from what I expected. From the cover I was expecting something action packed and adrenaline heavy. It actually ended up being a character driven story. The story is set in the future in China when there are far too many men and too few girls due to girls bein...

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...

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...

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...

Sadie rated it ★★★★★

December 13, 2017

Spoilerish 4.5 I wavered between a four and five star on this book. It isn't easy to read at times and my first words on finishing the book were a wail of, "(view spoiler)[Hann (hide spoiler)] doesn't get his happy ending." It's almost worse than that honestly, because a gay man in a family is replaced by a straight man and the...

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