Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've struggled to review this title because I have mixed feelings.
On the one hand, I'm weary of the women-as-breeder trope so common in post-apocalyptic fiction. On the other hand, there are reasons this is so prevalent.
On the one hand, I find the child abuse in this, even though it is often "offstage," very disturbing. On the other hand, well. It's not unbelievable.
On the one hand, I was confused about the world building. On the other hand, the ending makes everything very clear, or at least provides reasons for it to be muddy. It is true that the daughters don't know enough about the world. That isn't a mistake, that's deliberate, both on the part of the author but also on the part of the men running the island they all live on. But would everyone feeling confused make it to the end?
I also very much like the rotating perspectives, always only the daughters.
Thanks to the publisher for providing access to this title through NetGalley. Published July 2017.
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