Review: Post by Brenda Cooper

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Publisher: eSpec

Publishing Date: November 2016

ISBN: 9781942990222

Genre: post-apocalyptic

Rating: 2.4/5

Publishers Description: The world, for some, has crumbled. Disease and natural disasters have brought on social collapse in the Pacific Northwest. For Sage, born and raised in the safe haven of the Oregon Botanical Gardens, that has never been more than academic. What more could she ask for than to be safe and fed?

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Review: “Why does everyone want to rape me?” As young, hot, nubile 16 year old Sage’s storyline begins, she is chased by rapists bent on catching her. She eludes the rapists and decides that living in a garden sanctuary is like, way boring (ewww, old people) and heads out to find a bigger world. Once she leaves, she is again chased by rapists, meets a new friend that has been raped, saves new friend from biker rapists (because we know that all bikers are rapists) and is saved (again) from a good looking well dressed, self-sufficient rapist/killer. This takes place out in the country, and as they make their way into a city with a couple of hundred thousand people, the worst that happens to them is that they get their asses slapped by guards and groped by a cute boy.  You would think that a city would be a concentrated epicenter of rapists if this books statistics hold true. And why is every dystopian YA novel  rampant with people that predominately want to rape, kill, steal and control?

Well, the novel is well written and brings you into a stylized world of post-apocalyptic mincing about. Sage comes off really self-centered and has no depth of emotion about the people who raised her, but gets all blushy and hot when a girl and a boy kiss her. She is strongly attached to a girl that she has known for a week and this summary relationship just doesn’t add up as being plausible.  Additionally, the idea that a violent tyrant dictator can be overcome by a peaceful process is just ridiculous. And why people would flock to a city that has no resources is again, not plausible.

If you want a factual representation based on a salient process, then this book is not for you. If you want a pretty gurl chased by rapists and kissed by gurls while dreaming about airplanes under a Portland moon, then run to the bookstore like a rapist is chasing you. 

 

Review: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

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Publisher: 47 North

Publishing Date: October 2016

ISBN: 9781503939110

Genre: PostApoc

Rating: 3.4/4

Publishers Description: In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population—killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant—the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. 

Review: Wow, a couple of the reviews out there are pretty harsh on this on (I know, I should talk, right?).  One reviewer thought that the writer never passed remedial English in high school and that if written by a grade school student, it might receive better marks. Yikes. I didn’t think it was that bad.  I liked this novel. The story line was great as was the characterization. Even the bit players are built well in a limited amount of time.

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This novel was only slim on facts. Really, guns and bullets are almost impossible to find anywhere in your travels? Will most men in a post-apoc scenario turn to rape and enslave women so they can sell them to other rapists? Yeah, maybe. I can see where the author thinks that this is so, since there are virtually no women left. But wouldn’t women be prized (as they should be) rather than raped and abused? Does taking away their ability to produce live children diminish their value? Other questions brought to mind was the implausibility that almost every man turns into a drunken looter/rapist once the shackles of normative behavior are loosed. Since most everyone has died off, I doubt you would find roving packs of rapists or even the beginning of a barter system. For awhile, there really would be enough for all.

There was also some excessive backstory narrative that seemed to be rehashing what had already been said as well as the annoying journal entries. A real heavy dose of editing is needed to clean up the grammatical and spelling errors as well as the disjointed scene transitions and shifting points of view. Slim those down a bit and you have 4 easy stars.