Daughters of the North (P.S.)
In her stunning novel, Hall imagines a new dystopia set in the not-too-distant future. England is in a state of environmental crisis and economic collapse. There has been a census, and all citizens have been herded into urban centers. Reproduction has become a lottery, with contraceptive coils... show more
In her stunning novel, Hall imagines a new dystopia set in the not-too-distant future. England is in a state of environmental crisis and economic collapse. There has been a census, and all citizens have been herded into urban centers. Reproduction has become a lottery, with contraceptive coils fitted to every female of childbearing age. A girl who will become known only as "Sister" escapes the confines of her repressive marriage to find an isolated group of women living as "un-officials" in Carhullan, a remote northern farm, where she must find out whether she has it in herself to become a rebel fighter. Provocative and timely, Daughters of the North poses questions about the lengths women will go to resist their oppressors, and under what circumstances might an ordinary person become a terrorist.
Publish date: 2008-04-01
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 209
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Speculative Fiction
, Post Apocalyptic
Very location specific in character and vocabulary. Dystopian england has flooded and one woman tries to escape the authority and follow a dream of joining a women's commune in Cumbria. It's sad and bad-ass at the same time.
I vacillated between 3 and 4 stars for this book, because although I thought it was well-crafted and thought-provoking, after considering it, I didn't really like it.I couldn't identify with the protagonist, and I didn't agree with her views. For a while, I thought that the author was intentionally ...
Lots of pretty writing propping up a bunch of very familiar dystopic tropes. The last paragraph is really good though (intentional echoes of Inigo Montoya? ... probably not). Ending well is always a plus.
This won the 2007 Tiptree over Flora Segunda and Water Logic, so it had better be pretty awesome. Otherwise, I shall feel quite put out.I haven't read this yet, but apparently environmental catastrophe hits and England is reduced to totalitarian camps. A much-mentioned feature of these camps is ma...
An excellent spec fiction work of its kind, set in a near future dystopia. Combines themes of feminism, environmentalism, and political resistance in a way that amazingly escapes being preachy or heavy-handed.