Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all to my stop at the Blog Tour for Femlandia By Christina Dalcher and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – HQ for the review copy.
Release date: 28 10 2021
Price*: Kindle £7.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £11.32 (GBP)
Kindle $14.99 (USD)/ Paperback $18.55 (USD)
Pages: ~ 336
My rating: Really liked it.
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What I learned from this book: It got me thinking about survival and how I need to improve my knowledge.
Description of the book: Miranda Reynolds has lost her home, her job and her husband – all thanks to an economic collapse that has brought America to its knees.
The shops are empty; the streets no longer safe. Miranda and her daughter Emma have nowhere left to turn. There is one final hope, a self-sufficient haven for women who want to live a life free from men. Femlandia.
For Miranda, the secluded Femlandia is a last resort. Life outside the gates is fraught with danger, but there’s something just as sinister going on within.
Welcome to Femlandia… It’s no place like home.
How this book made me feel: I am a huge fan of VOX and Q, and I could not wait to read this book as well. Christina Dalcher really knows how to portray women, mothers in quite believable dystopian situations. I might be naive, but seeing where the world is headed, we never know what will happen in the future. 😉
The protagonist in this book is Miranda, and the story is mostly told from her perspective. Miranda is a mother and a woman who didn’t have to do much in her life, her husband was taking care of her quite well until the world fell apart after the financial crisis. Since then she is on her own with her teenage daughter trying to survive in a very unwelcoming world. Miranda grew up listening to her mother’s speeches about how horrible men are, but she did not give in to her mother’s ideologies. Miranda’s mother is sharing her story as well, and I really could not blame her for cursing men kind, because she got nothing but pain and abuse from them. And I do understand the roots of her ideology. I can’t say I liked or connected to any of the characters, they are all flawed in their own way, but it was interesting to observe these characters and their interactions.
The narrative is constantly battling between the men-hating side and the men supporting side (Miranda). Both of these sides provide a lot of interesting information that got me thinking and having discussions between two invisible people inside my head. 😀
The beginning of the book was quite slow for me, so I was always eager to find out more. This book concentrates a lot on characters thoughts and experiences from their past and their present, and due to that the plot doesn’t really get very fast-paced or exciting, but there are some really interesting twists along the way. The topics discussed in this book were a financial crisis, survival, abuse against women and children, domestic violence, mother-daughter relations, early pregnancies, feminism, male hatred and many more.
The writing style did not disappoint me. The author knows how to create a brilliant dystopian world and I was always curious to find out more. I am very glad that the author incorporated her experience from linguistics studies into this book as well. There are some disturbing scenes described in this book related to violence against women and children that some readers might find disturbing. 😦 The chapters are pretty short and the pages just flew by for me. The ending was not surprising but it was a little disappointing for me.
So, to conclude, I found this book very intriguing. I really enjoyed the general idea of this novel and the constant moral and emotional dilemma it brought out in me. Would you want a world without men? Would you want a place run only by women, where everything is adjusted to women and not men, where decisions are made by women for women? I think I understood one thing while reading this book, that not all men are bad and not all women are good, and that some women need a safe space a little like Femlandia to heal their bodies and souls to be able to continue living… This world is still a hard place to be a woman, but it is getting better compared to what our grandmothers had to endure, and it will take a long time to change things, but we are getting there. 😉 Do give this book a read, it is a thought-provoking book and I hope you will like it as much as I did. 😉
Thank You for Your time ❤
About the author: Christina Dalcher is the Sunday Times bestselling author of VOX. She earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University, specializing in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects. She and her husband split their time between the American South and Naples, Italy.
Website: http://www.christinadalcher.com / Twitter: @CVDalcher.
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