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Summary

The gripping new thriller from the best-selling author of VOX and Q.

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.

©2021 Christina Dalcher (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Provocative, sinister, and fascinating, Femlandia is full of complicated characters, with a gripping plot to boot. I read it with my breath held, unable to stop until I'd reached the explosive ending. You will definitely want to discuss this one with your book club." (Stephanie Wrobel, Sunday Times best-selling author of The Recovery of Rose Gold)

"Engrossing. Dalcher’s novel is imaginative, urgent, and compulsively readable, not mention incredibly cool." (Amanda Montell, author of Wordslut and Cultish)

"This wildly provocative glimpse into the future is sure to spark lively discussions.... Dalcher remains a writer to watch." (Publishers Weekly)

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thought I'd like it, but I didn't

The protagonist really, really annoyed me. The story annoyed me. I do not recommend.

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Very Close To Living Up To Expectations

🧡 I was so excited about this book. A feminist dystopia, an end of normal life, a cult. It’s everything my warped mind desires. I was hoping for another The End of Men. Or And in a lot of ways it delivered. There’s a sinister undercurrent, zealotry, society in turmoil. I liked Miranda’s story and

💚 There was no single thing that reduced the impact of this for me, but if I had to nail it down, I’d say I wanted morrrrre. More on the economic collapse, more detail about Femlandia’s earlier days, the rest of the communes. More about Jen and Miranda’s history. In all this I felt like I was coming in late to the party. And in some instances I found the characters’ motivations baffling. I think I could have been brought round, but I needed to know more, with a longer lead in.

💜 The overall message is an excellent one. It is one that sees the flaws in men and women as human flaws. Not the same, but neither more or less malevolent than the other.

Lots and lots of content warnings. Sexual assault and abuse in particular. It’s quite brutal at times and, much as I didn’t enjoy those aspects,they fit in with the story.
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🎧 Absolutely beautiful narration by Cassandra Morris and Brittany Pressley.There’s a sense throughout of a sort of ethereal strength. It’s an understated performance which was easy on the ears, but still conveyed character.

🎧 What made it all the more impressive was the nuance in giving voice to so many female characters. I should have been lost as to who was talking, but it never happened.

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Dark, chilling gender-centred dystopia

Close to home, dark, chilling and another excellent gender-centred dystopia.

A little bit of The Road, and a large dollop of Dalcher's female-centred near-future hellish situations.

She always manages to make me shut the pages and give thanks for the imperfect yet vastly superior present to the one she vividly brings to life.

This slightly more complex story begins with the fairly swift collapse of society, a novel in itself, but puts within this the mother (Miranda) and daughter (and also the THEME of mothers and daughters) fighting to find somewhere safe as the world tears itself to pieces around them as the economy implodes.

And the only option? The cultish woman-only refuge of Femlandia, created by Miranda's cold, tour-de-force of a mother decades before. Which has its own rules, hierarchy and politics. And of course secrets.

Oh so dark, I listened to this as an audiobook and was chilled with the turns the story takes, it reminded me of how I felt reading Naomi Alderman's The Power, what can happen when there is a large gender imbalance, what humans can be capable of.

But. You can't deny the author's methods of drawing in a reader, of consuming them in a frightening world and narrative, and toying with their emotions... she's now a favourite of mine.

This won't give you many chuckles (though there is dark humour here in spades), but it's thrilling and scary stuff. Insightful, deep and surely bound for a screen some time soon?

I audio-read a lot of this, and the voice of Miranda, youthful enough yet motherly and strong suited the first person voice, I wanted to continue listening long past the end of each chapter. Easy to follow as an audio-read, and the additional narratives from other characters added background and slowed things down for context, leaving me wanting to know more of what was happening.

Come on men, don't just leave these titles for women - I want to talk about them with you!

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy, and the publisher for the Netgalley reading copy.