In the near future, world wars have transformed the earth into a battleground. Fleeing the unending violence and the planet's now-radioactive surface, humans have regrouped to a mysterious platform known as CIEL, hovering over their erstwhile home. The changed world has turned evolution on its head: the surviving humans have become sexless, hairless, pale-white creatures floating in isolation, inscribing stories upon their skin.
Out of the ranks of the endless wars rises Jean de Men, a charismatic and bloodthirsty cult leader who turns CIEL into a quasi-corporate police state. A group of rebels unite to dismantle his iron rule - galvanised by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her.
A riveting tale of destruction and love found in the direst of places, Lidia Yuknavitch's The Book of Joan raises questions about what it means to be human, the fluidity of sex and gender, and the role of art as a means for survival. It's a genre-defying masterpiece that may very well rewire your brain.
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- Amy Griffin-Browne
the narrator manages to make science fiction dull
how? its like the narrator resents the listener for making her speak. poor performance choice.
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I had to read this book for university and found that the audio book was so much easier to help imagine such a story. I feel that it would be enhanced if there had been multiple narrators especially between the switch in characters so that the different voices of characters could be identified more easily. Overall loved this and found that the audio book was such a help
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