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Huard has built us a world where in the wake of widespread destruction and warfare, a corporation has arisen to take over all important aspects of our lives. The rich get richer and the poorer, well, maybe they live something akin to a life. To the average person, the American Dream is beyond dead. Enter the Q-Jin, the Mystical Slayers: a group of genetically, chemically, and in some cases cybernetically enhanced women with elite martial arts training across a spectrum of disciplines. Their mission is to return America to the great country it was and bring down Y-Wood Corporation.
Sounds exciting right? And it is. Huard delivers a diverse cast of women with their own unique styles and quirks, bonded by their sisterhood’s ideals and philosophy. The fight scenes are well described and, to my limited knowledge of such things, accurately portrayed. The one difficulty one may have with this cast is the hopping about from character to character is reminiscent of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, but not quite as long between jumps.
For me, the detractors center on two things. First is a constant repetition of the Q-Jin being the Mystical Slayers, being dedicated to bringing back America’s greatness. This seems to happen almost every time the focus shifts from one character to another. After the information drop in the opening chapters, it should be readily clear to all readers and not need repeating as often as it was. It seems like word count padding that pulls away from the driving action of the women’s battle against Y-Wood. Second are scenes that seem superfluous and don’t really drive the plot or provide a clear character development device. I don’t like to post spoilers, but suffice to say there were scenes that I don’t think would have been missed if they weren’t there.
Overall this was a delightful read with some really great fight scenes and a diverse cast of strong female characters. Don’t know if I would recommend it for kids, but late teens should be able to handle the violence and suggestive themes.
What makes Land of the Free different from all other end of the world novels is that the females are the real heroes. Sure, there are other Dystopian novels where this occurs, but usually there is a male ally in the mix somewhere the aides the female in their endeavors. But these women are deadest on changing the world all on their own, and risk their lives to do so. They prove you don’t need a man to get the job done and that a woman can do exactly what a man can do- which is awesome!
Ultimately, I’d have to say my favorite thing about Land of the Free is the character building. I’ve never read a novel that was so female driven- and strong females at that. It’s fantastic to see females depicted in a strong and empowering manner. And their personalities are written so well that you kind of forget that you’re reading a novel and actually feel like you know these women and the characters in general. The well-developed characters are really what sucks me into the world created by Michael Huard in Land of the Free.
Land of the Free is an action-packed, gritty, post apocalyptic roller coaster ride. It's pretty awesome, especially if you like strong, female leads who don't take 'no' for an answer. Land of the Free is set in the distant future America when there is no real government, but society is ruled by the mega rich and powerful Y-Wood corporation. They are the robot builders and basically dominate all aspects of life. There's no real freedom and basic liberties are gone. Enter the Sisterhood of highly trained, martial arts experts who are fighting to get the old America back and topple the corrupt corporations.
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