Book of Etta (The Road to Nowhere #2), The

Meg Elison
In the gripping sequel 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 dangerous…yet desperately necessary 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 subjugate.When slavers 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 destiny.


Reviewed: 2018-09-22
This book didn't have quite the emotional impact of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, and the end definitely went a little bit off the deep end for me. Still, I found the explorations of transness and gender interesting, even if I wish that it had been done with significantly less sexual violence. Still, I enjoyed this installment, even if not as much as the first book in the series. I'm cautiously looking forward to book three in the trilogy.

Seriously, though, if you don't like reading sexual assault, steer away from this series. It's grim and violent and chock full of that sort of thing.
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