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- Print Length: 209 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
- Publication Date: October 13, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00166YCBA
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Daughters of the North: A Novel Kindle Edition
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It started off well, and the concept of the dystopian society she creates is intriguing and a bit frightening. Some of the events and ideas, like the contraceptive coils, make you think about where society may be heading. Overall, Hall writes well, but I found myself a little bored with her descriptions. There are scenes where she definitely suffers from telling-instead-of-showing-syndrome. I just couldn't really bring myself to care very much about the protagonist, Sister, or really any of the other characters.
The ending was pretty anti-climactic, and felt like a cop-out - you'll see what I mean when you get there. Overall it wasn't very powerful, which is something I would expect from a dystopian novel like this. When the end came, I was unimpressed. I anticipated something really thought-provoking that would have me lying awake the next three nights thinking about it, but this one just didn't do it. It starts off strong, but loses is punch along the way.
"Sister," the protagonist is transformed before our eyes on each page as are the other characters throughout the book. The haunting mileau of a futuristic northern England is almost unique and the reader will feel that he has actually lived there. The book must be closely read to be fully experienced (oh cliches!) but how better to suggest its finely tuned qualities (try explaining the effect of any music on the listener).
Of course, the pretensions of a world so convuluted in all manners, that has been the seemingly logical end of our present world, are re-enforced by Ms. Hall's examination not only of what might happen in the future, but what might happen beyond that future. I almost expected to find Sappho singing on a rocky hillside singing this fable (I hope she would not be too cold in the northern clime).
Good story, interesting & strong female characters. A bit heavy-handed, and the ending feels cut short. There more to this story than the author chose to tell - the book skips over the time between our "heroines" planning their rebellion to the end of the battle, which I found quite unsatisfying.
Overall interesting, but I would borrow from the library instead of purchase.
I found the prose style to strike a very good balance -- rich and often detailed but not to the point of slowing down the story. The story itself is compelling, and kept my attention throughout. It focuses mostly on the narrator and her growth, rather than on the greater events surrounding her -- but is no less engaging for that.
Two things marred the novel slightly, to my mind.
There are several points where the story jumps abruptly forward in time. This, in itself, is not an inherent flaw, but the first time it happens is late enough into the novel that it seemed to come from left field. If such time jumps had been established earlier, I'd have accepted them without question, as part of the organic structure of the tale. But introducing such a device later made it seem clumsy.
The other element that I found less than satisfactory (MILD SPOILERS) is the ending, as has been mentioned by other reviewers. It was exceedingly abrupt, made more so because we get to the final part of the tale through one of the aforementioned time jumps. It felt as though we were dropped into the middle of the action at the end, with no sense of context, and then the story cut off precipitously. (END SPOILERS)
These issues notwithstanding, this is a very good read. Thought provoking and vividly painted, it's worth your time ... read this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just could not connect with this book. I like characters that I can visualize. Had to give up and move in to a different book. That being said others might find it interestingPublished 11 days ago by Bonnie Lockhart
I think I may have enjoyed this except for two large sections of "" data missing " ... The last 20% was gone altogether... A first for me with e-booksPublished 2 months ago by John B.
I enjoyed the first half of this book, but it feels like the writer ran out of steam at the end. The ending is abrupt and unsatisfying.Published 7 months ago by John F Kraft IV
Strong women are rare in post-apocalyptic fiction, rarer than they should be. Here is a novel full of them: strong not as men are, but as women are.Published 8 months ago by Paul ACCIAVATTI
Although I felt the ending was cut short, the prose was gorgeous and the development of the characters and the issues at hand, were very well conceived. Read morePublished 8 months ago by jeremy
Daughters of the North is thrilling and dark. The bleak near future it paints is compelling and believable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Karen Alexander
I wanted to read about an all-female commune, but this novel was short on plot. We didn't get to anything like a real plot until the very end of the novel, and then we skipped... Read morePublished 11 months ago by book nerds are hot