It has been a long time since I have read a book and been excited to see where it goes and how it will end, and I have not been disappointed! The creepy, dystopian aesthetic opens the book to a slow-moving story.
The story is told from three characters’ perspectives who are sisters. They live on an island and are apart of a very dystopian sanctuary for women. The sanctuary believes that men are dangerous; that they are the enemy. They believe that men carry all kinds of diseases (and basically should just be avoided).
There’s a cult vibe in the story and they enforce the idea that a woman can become ill and unclean if they so much as look at (or speak to) a man. I did feel that there was a kind of hatred towards men in the book, and that the way they were portrayed was drastic. I do think that with this portrayal of the male characters that the author was trying to represent society’s anxiety about women being safe. Of course in this book there’s a reason why this message is presented so boldly, explaining why these three female characters act and think in such a drastic way.
I don’t want to spoil and describe the book in detail as it is one of those reads that shocks you with lots of twists and turns.
It is haunting, creepy, weird, shocking, and I loved it. Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale will devour this book.
Author: Amy Thompson from The Messiest Bookshelf
Thanks so much to Amy for her review this week! It’s been a bit hectic lately (to say the least) in the world and for this blog in general. We’re hoping to get more content up and running soon for our little community. We hope you’re all well!