The nation as we know it is a thing of the past. With the male species on the verge of extinction, a society called the End Men is formed to save the world. Folsom Donahue is one of twelve men whose sole purpose is to repopulate the Regions. The endless days spent having sex with strangers leaves Folsom with an emptiness no amount of women, money, or status can fill.
Gwen has wanted a child for as long as she can remember, but when she finally gets a chance to have her own, she uncovers a long-hidden truth. The injustice she sees moves her to help save the men whom no one else believes need saving.
A forbidden love, grown in a time of despair, ignites a revolution. Folsom and Gwen, torn between their love for each other and their sense of duty, must make a choice. But some will stop at nothing to destroy them.
Folsom is book one of the End of Men series.
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(End of Men #1)
by Fisher & Aster
This is my fist book by either author and I have to say that I’m blown away by the world they created in the End of Men series. The idea that an entire species/gender of humans can actually become extinct is something I think everyone has thought about at least once. Give that idea to Tarryn Fisher and Willow Aster and you see it brought to life in the most practical and brutal sense. This world isn’t pretty and will leave you heart-stricken, beat down, and fuming mad in an oh so glorious way. I was intrigued from page one and I cannot wait to get my hands on Jackal, the second in the series.
“Women are not stupid, that’s why they outlasted us. I live in their world now: the age of women.
In this world, times have definitely changed. Men are all but extinct with the exception of the 12 end men. They are in charge of populating the world, but things aren’t all what the regions (higher government) would have you believe. Folsom is the original end man and in all the years he has done this, he has learned to keep his head down and body ready for the next woman to try and impregnate. Is this life he wanted for himself? No, but it’s all he’s able to do now. Each woman is no different than the last and Folsom has mostly checked out and accepted his life of loneliness and civil duty. That is….until Gwen.
Gwen comes from an upper class group of women and her mother was able to snag her, as well as her sister, an appointment with the original End Man. She’s always wanted a baby along with every other woman in the world and she hopes beyond all hope that Folsom is able to provide her with one. Gwen is sassy and likable while Folsom is endearing and raw. Their personalities together mesh well, even though I did think the entire relationship between the two went kind of fast.
“For the truth to make a difference, it needs to be said by one person at a time, until there’s a noise loud enough to a make difference.”
Once the deed was done between Folsom and Gwen that should have been it. But Gwen realizes after a few run ins with Folsom that this isn’t the life he wants and that the government treats them like horses only good for breeding. He’s tired of the games, the responsibility of the world resting his and the other 11 men’s shoulders, and the endless amount of women who only look at him as if he’s only good for one thing. Gwen’s feelings for Folsom, and his for her, are just too much for them to ignore and so they set on a path that will eventually bring the regions to its knees.
The insta-love between these two is again, paced pretty fast, but it didn’t take away the overall quality of the book in my opinion. Overall, I loved the premise of the story and I’m thoroughly intrigued on how this series will play out. I didn’t care for the pace of it, but I still connected to it easily. Jackal, book two, releases June 29 and I can’t wait because…wow….the cliffhanger at the end kind of threw me for a loop!!!