A few years ago, a novel came out and attracted some controversy. It was called Save the Pearls.
Because I haven’t actually read the novel yet, I will copy/paste the summary on the copyright page:
Summary: In a post-apocalyptic world where class and beauty are defined by resistance to an overheated environment, 17-year-old Eden, a lowly Pearl cursed with white skin, and facing death if she doesn’t mate soon, unwittingly compromises her father’s top-secret experiment and escapes to the last patch of rainforest with a beastly man who she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction.
Is it just me, or is the verb “mate” really gross when applied to humans?
And three guesses what the race of the “beastly man” is.
And wew, it has not aged well at all.