- Series: The Bannerless Saga
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books (July 11, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0544947304
- ISBN-13: 978-0544947306
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maybe the reason I love this book so much is that Vaughn manages to do what I’m trying to do in my own writing. This book is clearly genre-fiction, even if it lives in a newish genre (post-apocalyptic fic) and is a genre-bender (it definitively blends in murder mystery, edging up against cozy because there are no forensics and only the mildest of violence). While inhabiting these genres, though, the world is really a main character as much as the people in it; here is plot taking a backseat to story, and worldbuilding as much more than just setting.
And the novel rises above all of that into the sphere of literary writing. In some ways, it’s a coming-of-age story. The main struggles appear external – solve the mystery – but are really internal to the protagonist (a strong but relatably human woman).
All this is bound up together with a ribbon of wistfulness. A sadness over what has passed on, on the loss of an age. This wistful air is not present in all the zombie and cannibal movies set after the end of this age; those tales are rageful and cynical. This is something else, something past nostalgia, a yearning that people get over their selves to become good.
The story is nothing at all to do with Lord of the Rings. But how I feel reading it is how I feel reading about Arwyn electing to stay in the world as a mortal woman because love is worth it. It’s how I feel reading about the mirthful Tom Bombadil receding from the world because his age has ended. It’s a sadness contained in the prose so much more than in the events of the story; elegant writing that conveys a feeling without ever mentioning it. While the writing seems so clear and concise and unobtrusive, nevertheless this is poetry.
Of all the new books I’ve read this year, this one is my favorite, and likely to enter my annual reading rotation.
The Fall happened gradually over many years, with weather disasters, economic depression, pandemics.
The society that formed after the Fall lives in small communities, divided into households. All pubescent girls and women receive birth control implants. Each community must be self sufficient, using a trade/barter system on market days for items they don't grow or produce themselves. If a community is self sufficient, then they might be awarded a banner, allowing them to have a child.
Enid and Tomas are investigators part of the time as they are needed. They are summoned to a prosperous community to look into a suspicious death and make a ruling on it.
I enjoyed this story - a lot. It's a post-apocalyptic tale with no zombies, no vampires, no raging horde but it tells a great story, just more laid back. I enjoyed the characters, the dialogue, the world building and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series - THE WILD DEAD.
These flash backs and the official story line show how people are coping after the Fall. There's no electricity but people have held on to a few computers, just in case they can ever retrieve the data on them. Preserving knowledge is a priority. One thing they learned or retained was how to manufacture reliable birth control implants. Every girl receives one upon reaching puberty. The community decides who can have a baby (signified by the banners), that decision based on the stability of the household (economic and psychological, one assumes) and their ability to be able to take care of an additional member. Having an illegal, bannerless, pregnancy is a serious transgression. And so is planting fields which were supposed to be left fallow so you don't stress the land.
So many post-apocalyptic societies make you shudder with horror. This one is kinder and gentler than our own. It would not be a bad place to live.