Although I already have PLENTY of books waiting to be read on my Kindle (and my physical bookshelves), I wasn’t feeling too well over Christmas, and an email came from Amazon offering The Gender Game and The Last Girl for 99p each – so I downloaded them … sold as ‘if you liked the Hunger Games, you’ll probably like these’, which is probably a fair analysis!
Bella Forrest (who appears to be better known for Vampire novels – something I’m not a particular fan of), has created a post-apocalyptic dystopian world in which Patrus is ruled by men – and women have little/no rights or say, and Matrus is ruled by women – in which only boys who demonstrate little aggression in their DNA survive. In The Gender Game, Violet Bates, sentenced to death by Matrus for causing death through anger, is given the opportunity to redeem herself through undertaking a risky venture into Patrus…. and it twists and turns from there. I’ve finished The Gender Secret too, and The Gender Lie comes out on New Year’s Eve. Just the kind of thing I enjoy reading when tired – plenty of ‘moral tone’ to focus on!
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.