Title: Folsom (End of Men, #1)
Author: Tarryn Fisher and Willow Aster
Publication Date: May 28, 2018
Publisher: Amazon LLC
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.
Wow… This book was just… wow. I really had no expectations about what this book would be like- I happen to buy it on a whim after reading the blurb. I’ve read Fisher’s work before but I’ve never read Aster’s. The blurb really intrigued me and I was excited to read it but I’ve been buried in my TBR pile and kinda let Folsom fall to the back of my mind- until today. I read it in its entirety this afternoon. I just could not pull out of this surreal world. My heart raced as I found myself skimming through the words because I wasn’t reading fast enough. I was completely caught up in the fast paced world of Gwen and Folsom. It was thrilling!
However, the reason I loved it so much wasn’t just because of the story but because of the nature and conditions the story took place in. At first it was kinda hard to wrap my head around the fact that there were only 12 men left in the world who could produce children. The fact that these men have sex with multiple women a day and have hundreds of kids in the world was odd- to say the least. The entire concept of these men were hard to get past but I realized as I was reading- that was the point. You’re supposed to be offended and find what is happening intolerable. It is suppose to upset you (well done ladies!!). The concept is far removed from what we live now that it is hard to grasp. But as I read I understood that the story was speaking more about the government and the way they intrude on people’s lives in the guise of “the greater good”. This world really reminded of Ancient Rome- the high class are oblivious to those around them and are the only ones who had any voice. And the men are treated like Gladiators- they are revered and treated like royalty but they are slaves in disguise.
Really, this book had me reeling by the end. I literally could not read the words fast enough. Gwen and Folsom were those characters that resonate with you. Gwen was especially amazing. She went from not having any real care in the world to waking up and realizing not everything is peachy keen. She is a determined, strong, and feisty woman that fights for what she believes in- even though she knows there will be consequences.
I was so enthralled with this book that when it ended I was so surprised, I didn’t even notice I was getting near the ending. And when it ended in a cliff-hanger I was so mad. But that anger wore off once I realized that the second book in the series Jackal was already out. Which I will be starting as soon as this review is posted. I’m so glad I waited until Jackal was out to read Folsom. I’m just hoping there won’t be a cliff-hanger at the end of Jackal because I have no idea when the third book comes out and I’m very impatient.
Be ready when you read this book guys. Just be ready! It will knock your world off its axis.