What do you get when you take a brilliantly imagined world and stir in a somewhat disappointing plot and a completely bizarre ending? In the case of Louise O’Neill’s dystopian spec-fic novel Only Ever Yours, the answer is, a chillingly compelling tale that keeps you hooked and horrified in equal measure.
The time is the future—it could well be ours—where girls are genetically engineered and trained for 16 years till they are considered suitable to be chosen by men as trophy wives and the producers of sons. If they don’t make it as wives, they must become concubines. This is a coming-of-age story that you might well wish you hadn’t read because it could make you think twice about some of the ideas our world holds dear.