Author: Christina Dalcher
Source: Free ARC from Berkley
Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Berkley via Edelweiss & NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Review: In the beginning, this book made me so angry. Enraged, if I’m being entirely truthful. Not because the author did anything wrong (actually this is a sign she did it quite right), but because it tapped into deep-seated fears I have as a woman living in the US at this exact moment. To some, it may seem far-fetched, but welcome to the dystopian genre, my friends. It is all about the s-t-r-e-t-c-h.
I’ve seen several comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and I get it, but it is only the same in that it is about the misogynistic oppression, subjugation, and silencing of women. From that point on, everything is different, from the method to the outcome. But it is no less infuriating (at least in the beginning). In a different political climate, I doubt I would have had such a visceral reaction to it, so the timing is masterful.
As incensed as I was at first, the story takes a turn along the way and the mood shifts. It’s hard to put this change into words without giving away too much, but I’ll say that what starts out feeling like social commentary about the danger in rolling back rights turns into more of a suspense novel with an unexpected romantic complication. While I appreciated some parts of the ending, there were some aspects I struggled with.
Overall, a very interesting read.