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The World That Will Never Be by Maria Siopis

Worlds That Will Never Be - Maria Siopis
Editions:Paperback
ISBN: 978-1976421501
Pages: 228

 

The world where the straights are hated for hundreds of years is about to turn for the worse, and shatter to pieces. The involvement of Eliza X, a police officer, in the killing of a straight, Jeffrey Antinoro, becomes the singular event and the catalyst that sends humanity into a tailspin. A revolution erupts and Eliza is the sole cause of it. Nevertheless, her journey forces her to rediscover herself and find love in the arms of her professor Linda Pelc. Together they’ll try to redefine the human capacity of acceptance and denounce a world that is full of lies, deception and hatred. Are they going to save the straights or are the forces that seek their demise stronger? Who is going to be victorious when the revolution erupts between the gays and straights? Is the fiber of humanity saved at last or will the dark powers of prejudice and hate prevail?

 

Reviews:Lisa Leavitt on Amazon wrote:

This first novel is a fascinating "let's turn the tables" look at our homophobic and intolerant society. Simply by imagining homosexuals as the ones in power and heterosexuals as the oppressed minority makes one rethink suppositions about what is "normal" in our own world. Given the current rise in the United States of open acts of bigotry against people of color, religions other than Christianity, and, of course, the LGBTQ community, it is absolutely essential that we continue the dialogue that can open up communication and understanding and, hopefully, the opportunity to educate those who irrationally hate anyone who is different from them. Ms. Siopis does a terrific job of exploring these issues through her richly-drawn characters, and we see their internal conflicts as they question themselves and their society during a period of mass revolt and upheaval. It would be interesting to me (in a sequel perhaps?) to, for example, see how exactly procreation worked in this homosexual society, as well as the origin story of how this society became that way in the first place. This is a tremendous first effort, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy that is not that far away from our own, present-day reality.

L on Amazon wrote:

Interesting take on what if we lived in a society where we reversed places and heterosexuals become the minority? Whether in reality it is the LGBTQ community that battles for equality or as in the story It is the heterosexual community who are battling for it, The World That Will Never Be highlights the stark reality of bigotry and fascism in some places… so I was deeply involved in the story and felt very unsettled at times.
I found the plot fascinating and very interesting which makes the story a great read to put oneself into another’s shoes and imagine what kind of struggle they go through. It is very unsettling and sad, but at the same time a very inspiring story. This highly charged story should be sent to some politicians and individuals. I also think students who study psychology, philosophy, sociology etc should read it as part of their class discussions.
Great story with solid characters, and dialogue. The plot makes the story very refreshing because it forces the reader to come out of their comfort zone and help them feel compassion. Even after I finished the story, I kept thinking about it.

Ana B Good on Amazon wrote:

A spell-binding look into a future world where things have gone wrong -- very wrong -- for straight people. Maria Siopis' debut novel, The World That Never Will Be," is exceptionally well done for a first book. The premise of this dystopian work is that some time in the far future a genetic mutation, the "R" gene, is making people behave in odd ways ... most notably it makes them heterosexual in a world where the reproductive norm is same sex.

Siopis does a remarkable job of world building. (Insert Applause here!) And word building, is, I'd argue, a critical skill for anyone entering this genre. She makes it very easy for the reader to fall into a dystopian future where straights are hated, hunted, made to conform to a more gender fluid standard.

I found myself pulled into a future as convincingly constructed -- familiar yet eerily different from NOW -- as the one presented on the popular TV drama "The Gifted," and in classic works such as Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale."

The book is fast-paced and easy to read. The lead character, Eliza, is compelling, as she find herself as a police officer, responsible for hunting and handling the "Straights," to try and stop their proliferation. When she accidently kills a Straight male charge, the moral quandry begins.

There is a central love story between Eliza and a female professor that adds spice and sizzle to the moral questions that knit the book together. (Nice hot little snippets of sex, sprinkled like love pepper, here and there.)

In the end, Eliza must decide whether to unite not just her body but also her mind and her sense of humanity with Linda to fight with the resistance for a more humane world where Straights also are allowed their love.

A love story, a murder mystery, a sci fi societal dystopian tale. This is great stuff from a new writer. A very successful debut that will make you see (and feel) what it's like to be a gender bandit and societal outsider.

Let's hope Siopis give us more.


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