Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Nomansland provides a very interesting concept with science fiction and dystopian elements, but at times Hauge's world is so shrouded in mystery that it is hard to get a grasp on what is really going on in Nomansland. Keller's world is roughly shaped: lessons, chores, and training leave little room for much else, and her movements are carefully monitored, yet she manages to sneak away and have quite a bit of freedom. Hauge does attempt to explain how the women continue to reproduce and what their childhoods are like, but the lack of details keeps Keller's world from being tangible to readers. Keller's discovery of the "traitors" in her midst and her feelings of confusion and distrust as she begins to understand her society and the sacrifices they make to maintain their life style is interesting, and the decisions she is forced to make are hard, but force her to stand on her own, which is gratifying to see. Though Hauge's world is thoughtful and emotional (despite how much the society would have the women smother their feelings), Nomansland feels lacking just a bit, and leaves readers with a lot of questions and an ending with just enough of a resolution to leave wondering, "Is this it?"
Cover Comments: I really love the power of this cover! The archery theme is present in a lot of images throughout the book, which is really neat.
This book will be available June 22nd, 2010 from Henry Holt.
ARC received from Amazon Vine.