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The Book of Etta Read × 104 Ò In the gripping seuel to the Philip K Dick Award winning novel The Book of the Unnamed Midwife one woman undertakes a desperate journey to rescue the future Etta comes from Nowhere a village of survivors of the great plague that wiped away the world that was In the world that is women are scarce and childbearing is dangerouVers seize those she loves Etta vows to release and avenge them But her mission will lead her to the stronghold of the Lion a tyrant who dominates the innocent with terror and violence There with no allies and few weapons besides her wits and will she will risk both body and spirit not only to save lives but also to liberate a new world’s destin. I read this for the 2017 MacHalo Group Reading ChallengeReview also found at Dust Off Your MacHalo blog Spoilery items below I'm not giving away any key plot points but eh Just a warning You must read the first book before attempting this one One hundred years has passed The fever plague that targeted women has mostly fizzled out Instead of 100% infant mortality it's now about 15% that live Many mothers still die in childbirth but slowly slowly babies are being born againThere are still slavers who kidnap females sell and use them There are still hives where a single Alpha female wears the pants and several men do the chores and clean house to earn the privilege of being a member of her household an interesting reversal of gender roles There are small villages and colonies who or less successfully survive growing gardens hunting raiding and living or less peacefully Those places are still few and far betweenIn this book our main character is Etta She was born and raised in the same village the Unnamed Midwife found and lived in until she died Etta was supposed to be a midwife but chose to be a raider She has never fit in with the ideas she grew up with If you don't breed or try to you are looked down upon When Etta goes out and raids she becomes Eddy She binds herself like the Unnamed did and becomes a male As the book goes on we find out that it isn't just for protection but because Etta has known she was Eddy since about puberty but didn't consciously realize it for many reasonsThe author in my view continues to deal with gender roles and sexuality in interesting and challenging ways She uestions labels and several characters cannot be defined or put into tidy boxes as our society loves to doI love this about these books This book is just as dark and gritty as the first There are new obstacles in this post apocalyptic world There is a crazy warlord who keeps a lion and tiger on chains by his throne and is taking over many areas There is a group of Mormons who have totally prepped and seem to be rocking the survival thing until you look a little closer Etta runs into some other strange groups really this book has plenty of WTF moments HaIt basically checked all the boxes for me I couldn't put it down and it broke my feels EttaEddy was freaking awesome I probably already said too much If you don't mind books that are a bit disturbing and yeah this book has a lot of what some might view as triggers and might put you out of your comfort zone this is for you Just read it Buddy read with the MacHalo groupReview for Book of the Unnamed Midwife The Road to Nowhere #1Original postDevoured in one day Amazing Etta is one of my all time favorite characters Made me cry Could not put it down WTF ery abounds Better than the first one Review to come when I can think Book #3 The Book of Flora YES PLEASE NOW

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Ry for humankind’s future Mothers and midwives are sacred but Etta has a different calling As a scavenger Loyal to the village but living on her own terms Etta roams the desolate territory beyond salvaging useful relics of the ruined past and braving the threat of brutal slave traders who are seeking women and girls to sell and subjugateWhen sla. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARCThe first book in the Road to Nowhere series hit me out of nowhere with it's stark and uncompromising view of humanity and the inhumanity of men toward women when a plague decimated literally the population of women There's only one woman out of ten men across the world It reads much delightfully than Frank Herbert's The White Plague and it has a much grimdark feel than even The Children of MenThe second picks up and drives home the same point with a brand new twist gender issues figure very strongly but it's much than just women being subjugated by men This book takes gender identity and explores many very cool twists and shows it off starkly in this dystopian worldNo spoilers but we get a lot of different gender identities and they're all showcased in ways that even surprised me Is this a survival novel Absolutely Is it as difficult as only cruel literature can be Absolutely These stories aren't for the weak of heart and some people might get overwhelmed by just how evil men can be but we're meant to see this all in a stark spotlightThis might not be a big surprise but the main character EddyEtta pretends to be a man on the road while being a heroic raider who kills slavers to free women while being what her culture reuires her to be when she returns to her home Nowhere It's very much like a Shakespearian play where the only way to get ahead is to pretend But this is only where the novel starts It ends up having traveled all across the map by the end and I was very impressed AGAIN this is not for the faint of heart It's dystopian in almost every way but there is a fine balance of hope

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The Book of EttaIn the gripping seuel to the Philip K Dick Award winning novel The Book of the Unnamed Midwife one woman undertakes a desperate journey to rescue the future Etta comes from Nowhere a village of survivors of the great plague that wiped away the world that was In the world that is women are scarce and childbearing is dangerousyet desperately necessa. I loved the first book in this series The Book of the Unnamed Midwife I felt like it was a whole new take on the dystopian story world I will say that normally I don't read many series and I shouldn't have picked this one up I didn't hate itI didn't love it eitherIt picks up a hundred years from where the previous book left off In the first book the Midwife lived through the plague that wiped out most of the world's women and all of the children There has been some improvement made in the life expectancy of women in this onebut they still are being used as trade and slaves This book is EttaEddy's story He is a raider who goes out to help rescue any women that need help and bring them back to his town named Nowhere He binds his breasts on the road and lives completely as Eddy Once back home he has to become Etta again and try to fit into what the society there thinks she should EttaEddy does lots of roaming in this book Picking up a horsewoman named Flora and bringing her home just opens up a whole new can of worms for EttaEddy As much as I loved the first book this one just felt like it had already been done to death I mean even this happens And I hate it on the Walking Dead also You do get an evil bad guy named the Lion He is a pretty decent baddie The gender confusion that EddyEtta feels and some parts of the story do hold up well and this is not a horrible book at all The whole judgement that I felt with being attracted to same sex people black people still standing out and some of the authors world building in general are still uite goodI actually might pick up the final one just to see the Mormon's win the day I hope they do They stood out in this bookIt also looks like it is the horsewoman Flora's book I'm betting it could get interestingThis review has probably confused the heck out of you if you haven't read the first bookand it's one that I do think you have to read before following up with this one But they ain't bad Booksource Netgalley in exchange for review