Who Runs the World?

Welcome to the matriarchy

Sixty years after a virus has wiped out almost all the men on the planet, things are pretty much just as you would imagine a world run by women might be: war has ended; greed is not tolerated; the ecological needs of the planet are always put first. In two generations, the female population has grieved, pulled together and moved on, and life really is pretty good – if you’re a girl. It’s not so great if you’re a boy, but fourteen-year-old River wouldn’t know that. Until she met Mason, she thought they were basically extinct.

UK publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication date: June 1, 2017
ISBN: 9781509834037

Reviews for Who Runs the World?

‘Vigorous, energetic and exhilarating, this is a novel that has heart and courage, just as its protagonist River does.’

Judy Darley at SkyLightRain

‘Entertaining, thought-provoking and a little bit heart-breaking, I loved it.’

Paisley Piranhas

‘(Who Runs the World? is) provoking all manner of strong feelings. That’s not a bad thing for a story. For me, I’m strongly on the positive side. Highly recommended!’

Katy Haye

‘In a nutshell: rollicking, thought-provoking dystopian adventure . . . The book examines not just our attitudes to gender but poses wider questions about politics, power and the way we operate as a society . . . Read it and think!’


‘It sparked so many questions in my mind about the way we treat gender and the socialised differences between girls and boys in a really fun and unique way.’

Jessica Mellor

‘ . . . this is a book that will make people want to have a voice and stand up to make their future better.’

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