I read a book about a parallel world. I remember a young, humanoid man who lived in a world where no one showed any warmth to anyone else, life was extremely cutthroat, and meanness was universally admired. The only exception to this was women looking after their young children. That said, I remember a scene in the book where a mother is reluctantly abandoning her son, who has aged out.

Our hero (I can't remember anything about him) manages to travel to this world, and I remember there was some question as to whether or not the atmosphere would be breathable for him.

Sorry, I can't remember much more, but if anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd be very grateful!

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    Is this question from a parallel reality where people are nice? – Ryan Veeder May 18 '18 at 3:08
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    Is this science fiction or social commentary? – Valorum May 18 '18 at 6:18
  • Hello Jaksterrrrr, welcome to Science Fiction & Fantasy and thank you for your question. If you remember any additional details, you can edit your question to add this information. You can also read this guide to asking story ID requests. Lastly, may I invite you to take the tour? – SQB May 18 '18 at 8:55
  • Presumably, this story predates, say, the 2016 US Presidential election? – RDFozz May 18 '18 at 17:05
  • Funny. I think I read the book about 7 years ago. So yeah. – Jaksterrrrr May 20 '18 at 0:24

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