Femlandia

A big bold story with a fresh take

Book title

Femlandia

Author

Christina Dalcher

Standalone or series

Standalone

First time reading this author?

Yes

Why I picked this

While I haven’t read any of Christina Dalcher’s previous book the premise of this and the bold cover drew me in.

Review copy or purchase

Thank you to the author, publishers HQ Publishing and NetGalley UK for access to this as an advance reader’s ebook. This is an honest and voluntary review.

What it’s about

Civilisation is collapsing and the only hope for safety is the women-only compound started by Miranda’s mother.

Review

A big bold cover for a big bold story, Femlandia is a dystopian look at the near future with a provocative take on the other extreme of the sexism typically highlighted in such stories.

Miranda doesn’t talk about her mother. She doesn’t want to be associated with the anti-man rhetoric of the creator of Femlandia, a group of women-only communities set up in late 20th/early 21st century America.

But, with the world imploding around her in the midst of a major economic collapse, it’s to the gates of Femlandia that Miranda now turns I  search of protection for herself, her teenage daughter Emma, and Miranda’s unborn child.

The story is told mostly from Miranda’s perspective with occasional flashbacks from her mother Win’s perspective. This means the reader understands the very real pain and suffering Win experienced at the hands of men she should have been able to trust, and which contributed to her wish to create a safe sanctuary for abused and vulnerable women.

Whatever your views at the start of the book about the principles of Femlandia these will be challenged by the end.

I found this a really engaging read and raced through it. The characters are really well written and the situations they are placed in, while extreme, remain realistic enough to always bring back the question of what would I do.

I don’t know how I’d survive the breakdown of society, but I definitely would recommend that you read Femlandia.

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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