Toxic Treacle is a dystopian thriller for young adults. It is set in a society where female nurturers have excluded males from all aspects of child rearing other than breeding and financial maintenance. Monkey is 15: a pre-breeder and he will soon graduate to the male zones at the other side of town. Angel, the pre-nurturer that he loves is destined for a life of child rearing and nurturing. Society is run on the oppressive rules of T.R.E.A.C.L.E. - Training and Resources for Educating Adolescent Children in a Loving Environment. But it is not what it seems and people are going missing, including Monkey's best mate, Tragic. Monkey and Angel set out to find Tragic but discover a world of intrigue, murder and toxicity that puts their own lives at risk.
Keywords: Young adult, dystopian, thriller, children and fathers, gender roles, rearing, breeding, society, tragic