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Post-apocalyptic universe is terrifying

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-2017

I found this story to be unrelentingly depressing. It tells of a world where a plague has wiped out most of the human race with only a few survivors, most of them men. The women have become property, hunted, kept and raped at will. The protagonist, the unnamed midwife, makes her way across the landscape surviving by pretending to be a man, helping others as much as she can. While it is quite well written, it's a bleak environment and not enjoyable. If you're a fan of this type of story, you might 'enjoy' it. Not mine.

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Incredible book

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-2016

I'm so sorry this has ended. I feel like Theo is an old friend and I want our friendship to continue. The story is so involved and engaging, unusual, harsh, loving and nihilistic all at the same time. There are some wonderful characters all richly drawn, as well as the locations they inhabit specifically New York and a Las Vegas not seen by tourists. Sit back, relax, and be patient while you are taken on a languid ride through this boy's life.

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Unusual sci fi

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-2016

I found this book engaging to listen to on Audible, the narration was good and hearing the alien voices added a dimension I probably wouldn't have had in reading the paper book. I'm not a standard sci fi fan and prefer spec fic. The premise was interesting. A minister is sent to an alien planet to preach the gospel to the locals but leaves his beloved wife at home in a deteriorating world. However the story took so long to get anywhere and Peter was a quite annoying dolt while his wife was the perceptive one. I didn't really care about Peter but was concerned about their relationship which is mightily tested. Nothing dramatic really happens though it is mildly interesting to learn about this alien place. The talent in the writer was making me finish the book but I ended it by saying, So what? The aliens didn't need him; his wife desperately needed him and he wasn't there.