The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, by Meg Elison
After the virus wiped out most women and children, the few females who survived have to hide, scraping out their survival on their own, trying to stay clear of the gangs of men who want to control them. To own them. But one of those women knows how to deliver babies, and the world needs her. Now, more than ever.
A unique dystopian drama, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife has a dash of The Handmaid’s Tale and elements of The Postman, but it’s a story all its own. A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 and Philip K. Dick Award Winner. Just $1.99 for a limited time.
Our thoughts on the sample:
Steven | Love the cover!!! Interesting, unique take on the post-apocalyptic world. Piqued my interest and seems well worth a read!
Erin | Love the premise! Gripping sample! Jumps straight into the action. What happens next? What happens next???
From the publisher:
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 and Philip K. Dick Award Winner
When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.
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. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power—and the strong who possess it.
A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.
After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide.
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