Title: Blue is for Boys
Author: Jack Thompson
Rating: 4/5 stars
“After a weekend of fun and excess he can’t remember, Ravi wakes to a living nightmare that will change him forever. Soon he finds out where he is headed, and whether he likes it or not, who he is.
Blue is for Boys is an outrageous science fiction short story with a new take on the battle of the sexes. It’s fun. It’s wild. It’s personal.” (description from Goodreads)
When I started reading this story, I wasn’t sure where it was going. Ravi’s character is a man who likes to have fun and often can’t recall his weekends. I thought this might turn into a story with a simple moral of becoming a better person. I was wrong.
As the story progressed I began to see the deeper issues behind what was going on. This turned into a way to express gender issues, issues that (in the world of the book) keep occurring hundreds of years in the future when man has basically conquered the known universe.
What really made this story work for me was that it took on the differences in the male and female sexes. It brought out a topic that, even in today’s world, not everyone talks about. Nothing Earth-shattering was thrown out there, but it still can make the reader think. And because this is a science fiction story, the way the theme was thrown into the mix, was quite enjoyable. I really only had one issue with the way this sex/gender theme played out. I feel that there was a disregard for how sexual orientation plays into…well, you’ll need to read the story for that. I can’t talk more in-depth without spoiling things.
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About the Author:
Jack Thompson is an international bestselling author, finding voices in many genres. His latest release is Swimming Upstream, the third book in the bestselling Raja Williams mystery series. He has also written political thrillers, science fiction, paranormal romance, children’s stories and fairy tales.
According to Jack, whether reading or writing, what makes a story great is how well it communicates to the reader. Whether presenting him with a hero he wishes he could be or a villain he chooses to hate, the characters must relate to the reader on a personal level. A reader will leave a good story in an improved condition. He may have learned something new about the world or himself, or simply been well entertained. That’s why Jack writes.
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