The Worth of a Shell

The Worth of a Shell

by M. C. A. Hogarth

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The Worth of a Shell by M. C. A. Hogarth

Born to a harsh world, we Jokka have evolved three sexes to survive: neuter, male and female. Twice in our lives we may change from one to another. A change we accept with grace... or resignation. It was our way.

...until one female defied all tradition: Dlane Ashoi-anadi, revolutionary, intentionally childless, runaway.

This is not her story. This is mine.

I am Thenet Reña-eperu, female-guardian, voice of orthodoxy... and Dlane's first and dearest companion. This is the tale of how we changed each other... and how that changed everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449531652
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/07/2009
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

M.C.A. Hogarth has been many things, but is currently a mother, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens.

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The Worth of a Shell 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Archangel_Beth More than 1 year ago
In this novel about gender... It's not human genders, and the characters are *characters*, not Icons For Their Gender. It's not saying what you might expect about the human condition -- but it does have a lot to say about choice, both individual and for one's race; about beauty; about self-worth and where to find it. Personally, I think that there needs to be a sequel; the end of the book is still torn between the choice of granting *sanity* to an entire third of the population, and the risk of dying out as a species. There are several places where this story could go. By the end -- which holds, yes, tragedy -- the the story has changed from being a very unconventional sort of romance/adventure to being a story of a species. Unfortunately for my tastes, that's where it ends, but I hold out hope that the author will wend her way back to What Happens Next. Though... the slightly "unfinished" feel, to me, mitigates much of the sadness; this is not The End. The torch has been passed, not extinguished. If you're a reader who is looking for a HEA, this book is not really that. If you're a reader who enjoys seeing a different race, a different mindset, a world with no humans at all? Pick up this book. There's adventure, love, witty banter, pieces of a lost civilization, and in the end... There's a new Idea in that universe, that may yet change it.