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Daughters of the North

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

a terrific futuristic thriller

In the near future in the United Kingdom global warming has made this once proud place into wetlands. The climate change accompanied by a critical fuel shortage has led to the establishment of an abusive totalitarian rule. The Authority uses the guise of security to k...
In the near future in the United Kingdom global warming has made this once proud place into wetlands. The climate change accompanied by a critical fuel shortage has led to the establishment of an abusive totalitarian rule. The Authority uses the guise of security to kill anyone who opposes them they use fuel shortages to control population with enforced sterilization they encourage drug addiction to keep the masses ignorant of their plight. If innocents are hurt so be it as collateral damage occurs.------------------ The Authority sterilized Sister against her will. They made her work in a 'New Fuel' factory in conditions that makes Dickens┬┐ Victorian tales look like fairy tales. She is assigned cramped quarters. Sister wants out feeling that if she can make it to legendary Carhullan, an all-female commune she can survive. Run by Jackie Nixon with discipline to foster strengths, the paramilitary group is outlawed by the Authority who plans to destroy these Amazon rebels. ------------------- Although the ending is too obvious for such a complex thought provoking tale, readers will appreciate this powerful near future thriller that extrapolates from Katrina and the Christmas Tsunami. However, it is not the environmental disaster that holds the reader┬┐s attention it is the heroine and how she sees the world. Sister believes the Authority is evil from her position in the ooze below their food chain she thinks of Carhullan as freedom fighters from her rising up their chain towards the top. Ironically she is unable to accept how similar the two groups are in their ruthless use of expendables to achieve their respective goals. With obvious comparison to the Mideast, DAUGHTERS OF THE NORTH is a terrific futuristic thriller.------------- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Lost interest

When I started this book, I might have given it 4 stars. I liked the first quarter of of the book. I enjoyed hearing about the apocolyptic world and Sister's jouney to the farm. Once she got there I started to lose interest. The characters weren't fleshed out and I ...
When I started this book, I might have given it 4 stars. I liked the first quarter of of the book. I enjoyed hearing about the apocolyptic world and Sister's jouney to the farm. Once she got there I started to lose interest. The characters weren't fleshed out and I didnt really like anyone all the much. I usually like a feminist novel, but I didnt find any of these woman sympathetic or even interesting. I think it was a nice idea executed pretty badly.

posted by 18464139 on September 6, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Thoughtful read

    This book depicts a futuristic Britain under totalitarian rule. It follows the story of one womens escape into the highlands and her views of what occurs around her. Definately a thought provoking story written inan interesting way.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Good story, but....

    The way this book is written is a little confusing, and its only compounded by the fact that this digital version contains errors and entire sections of the story are gone. So I wouldn't recommend purchasing this from BN as an ebook, because you won't be getting the book in its entirety. Technical issues aside though, I really did like this book. Someone likened it as The Hunger Games, only for adults, but really, the similarities end at the future dystopian settings and the total government takeover. Daughter's of the North is a completely different story, and I must admit, not written as well as The Hunger Games. It is thought-provoking though, and makes you realize just how easily something like what the book describes could happen. If you happen to come across a paperback version of the book it might be worth your time.. but in case you never do, here's a quick recap: The people of England and surrounding countries have been forced into the Census, and have food rationing and all women of childbearing age must be, by law, fitted with a birth control coil. They are subject to random and humiliating checks to verify their coils are in place and can only conceive a child if their number is up in the lottery. "Sister" has a very hard time accepting this, as most people around her seem to easily do. She knows about a group of wild women who live off the land in their own little tribe and who are not counted in the Census, thereby "unofficial", and decides to join them. What happens next is, in my opinion, even worse than what Sister was subjected to in her town, however, she sticks it out and ends up in a sort of women-only militia. Like I said, interesting concept, so-so writing, and missing sections in the digital version. So... 3.5 stars.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    gets in your head

    enjoyed this little book. make you think what could happen in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Interesting

    This book is different and has an intersting storyline and surprisngly enough I enjoyed it a lot. Good read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Fascinating

    So scary to think this could happen. This book make you think. Ehat eould YOU do? Enjoyed this book. There were a few places where I lost interest but mostly was a book that was hard to put down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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