The Xy

Virginia Bergin (Author)


Deluxe edition with a custom transparent jacket--available on the first printing only!

From the author of H2O and The Storm--She's been taught to fear him. He's been taught to fear her. What if they're both wrong?

In River's world, XYs are a relic of the past, along with things like war and violence. Thanks to the Global Agreements, River's life is simple, safe, and peaceful...until she comes across a body in the road one day. A body that is definitely male, definitely still alive. River isn't prepared for this. There's nothing in the Agreements about how to deal with an XY. Yet one lies before her, sick, suffering, and at her mercy.

River can kill him, or she can save him. Either way, nothing will ever be the same.

Winner of the James Tiptree Jr. Literary Award.

Product Details

Sourcebooks Fire
Publish Date
November 06, 2018
5.9 X 1.3 X 8.3 inches | 0.94 pounds
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About the Author

Virginia Bergin is the author of H2O, which The Horn Book Magazine called "Inspiring." She lives in Bristol (UK). Visit her online at and on Twitter @VeeBergin.


"Bergin uses a clever premise and vividly sketched characters to illustrate the importance of compassion and inclusion," - Publishers Weekly
"The XY explores ideas about stereotypes, power, and personal responsibility within a unique and intriguing world. It will leave its audience questioning the role of gender in social development." - Foreword Reviews
"Bergin's matriarchal world building is fascinating...Hand to teens thirsting for an original tale." - Booklist
"A primer for Margaret Atwood's adult works" - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The plot is compelling...[The XY is] An enjoyable quick read for those who love dystopian fiction." - School Library Journal