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Halfway to Free (Out of Line collection) Kindle Edition
Audible narration by Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Raising a family is the ultimate luxury as the human race teeters on the brink of extinction in this visionary short story by Emma Donoghue, the bestselling author of Room.
Miriam was raised in a society without children. To offset the devastation of climate change, state-of-the-art birth control has made daycares and playgrounds things of the past. As tempting as the government inducements are to remain child-free, Miriam’s curiosity about the people who “drop out” of society to become parents grows. When she finds a like-minded partner, she must choose between the rewarding comforts she knows and the unknowable mysteries of being a mother.
Emma Donoghue’s Halfway to Free is part of Out of Line, an incisive collection of funny, enraging, and hopeful stories of women’s empowerment and escape. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.
About the Author
Emma Donoghue is a playwright, literary historian, screenwriter, and international bestselling novelist. She is the author of Akin, Hood, The Wonder, multiple story collections, and the New York Times bestseller Room, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, which she adapted into the Academy Award–winning film of the same name.
- ASIN : B08DRC4GQK
- Publisher : Amazon Original Stories (September 1, 2020)
- Publication date : September 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3958 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 31 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #148,023 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Miriam has come to a crossroads in her life with what she should do and what she wants to do. She and her partner have to come to a decision.
This short story really makes you think with everything going on in this dystopian world, why would someone want to have a child as there is so much to lose. This story with its ‘anti-children’ stance parallels what goes on in our world today if one does not have a child, whether due to life circumstances or health reasons.
I really hope that Donoghue decides to expand upon this short story, there is so much poten-tial here!
Donoghue addresses the idea of population control, social engineering, and the danger of wearables in the not so distant future. It's making an environmental difference, but at what cost? The story explores perspectives from an older generation who lived through the "old ways", as well as the current generation who don't know any better, and examines the tough questions that surround the issues. One of those is whether we are conditioned towards certain behaviors vs them being truly ingrained in our humanity. I felt like the ending was inevitable, but even more I realized that dystopian fiction is feeling more realistic than it used to. Halfway to Free is a stark reminder that giving up individual liberties always has unforseen consequences.
As to the Out of Line collection, most of the stories have been really good, but it does concern me that most of the stories continue to center around motherhood. I would like to have seen less emphasis on motherhood vs everything else in the world and more about other women's issues.
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It's 2060 and the world's population has crossed its optimum limit. To bring the devastation of climate change and over-the-limit humanity under control, the government provides tempting benefits and incentives to people who choose to remain child-free. Despite the comfort that this choice provides, Miriam is curious about life as a parent and in her quest to find out more, she finds a partner and also some answers to what life as an outcast would look like.