Reading roundup 10/08/22

Welcome to this week’s Reading Roundup! Unfortunately I have been struggling a lot with my illness and family issues, so have only managed to finish one book because my concentration has been so poor. Let’s hope everything improves in the following week.

Here is the book that I have read:

Femlandia by Christina Dalcher

This week’s book was Femlandia by Christina Dalcher. I have read her debut novel, Vox, and really rated it, so I was looking forward to this book. This is the blurb:

“The United States has sunk into total collapse.

Men in positions of power have wrecked the economy and left women to suffer and pick up the pieces.

Miranda Reynolds has lost her husband, her job and her home. There’s only one place left that she and her daughter Emma can go. Femlandia.

Femlandia is a female-only community. A utopia for women. There’s a reason Miranda never joined before. Now she has no choice.

With what Miranda knows about Femlandia’s founder, she’s right to be wary. While life outside the gates is fraught with danger, there’s something just as sinister going on within.”

I was really excited about the book after reading the blurb. Here is my response on the Goodreads website:

FemlandiaFemlandia by Christina Dalcher
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Goodness, I don’t really know how to react to this book. I am a feminist, married to a man and a mother of two sons, so my feelings about it are coloured by my background. The idea that a feminist “utopia” could turn out like this feels like a slur on feminism. So much about the lifestyle and relationships were not even tackled; so much was missed out in the cause of what seems to be sensationalism.

Once again the responses on here are widely mixed and I can see why so many readers enjoyed the book. It would certainly make a great discussion topic! Just not to my taste.

View all my reviews

I was so disappointed with this book as I was expecting something much more nuanced. Oh well, on to the next one…

And I will have to tell you about that book next week.

Until then: Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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