- File Size: 1699 KB
- Print Length: 260 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IAGH6JI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Matronly Duties Kindle Edition
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Melissa Kendall takes us into the world Oceania where woman are in charge or so they are lead to believe. After the new Matron, Bethanie, is kidnapped right before getting inducted, her eyes have been opened up to what is truly going on in the world. After being in her position she begins to believe even more what she was told, the government is more corrupt than she thinks.
I think there are two ways to look at this book and I see valid points on each side. If you look at this story for being soley a dystopian romance, then yes this book was perfect. The love story was adorable! I loved how Bethaine and Howard passed along their love notes and how they got to know each other. I was rooting for their love the whole time and I will admit I adored Howard as well (where can I find him?!?!). If you look at this story solely being a dystopian novel, then something was missing, and the focus was more on the romance. I can see another book in this series and would welcome the idea.
Not everything is truly as it seems in this newly created world. Politics still exist, power still corrupts and pawns are still chosen.
Bethanie has been trained since the age of 13 to take over the leadership of the Nation of Oceania as the Matron. Now in her mid-twenties and only six weeks from taking up her position – she has been kidnapped. Rescued by Howard, she is taken to his family home for shelter. It is there that Bethanie discovers an entirely different lifestyle than she had been lead to believe could exist, and the seeds of doubt about the government’s plans for her have been planted.
This is an amazing story and one that you should be reading firsthand. I could give you details and spoilers and more.. but why spoil this experience for you. The politics of this novel are detailed and not what they seem on the surface. The world building is deep and often stunning. The characters are believable. The story could be out of tomorrow’s headlines.
The main characters go through such turmoil and doubt – as well as discovery…about themselves, their world and what freedom really costs. Yes, the love story is engaging and you will care about what happens to them. But this novel is an entire package, and you need to discover that for yourself.
Highly recommend this for late teens and upwards. If you have any interest in what might be should disaster truly hit our planet, then Matronly Duties will be right for you.
Originally reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf
***Contains graphic sex and language. Not for young readers***
***Cassandra Delorie #NerdGirlLola’s Review***
Matronly Duties is an astounding book. It is so well written and captivating. I was completely sucked into the story. The author did an excellent job researching how to sustain life underground without making it sound completely cheesy.
Bethanie is, for lack of a better word, sheltered, extremely sheltered (which makes for some hilarious events later on in the book). Since the age of 13 she has basically been a ward of the government undergoing training to become a future leader of Oceania, one of the five colonies left after a cataclysmic event that left billions dead. She has been fed only the information that the ruling government thinks she needs to hear.
After being kidnapped and almost raped, she is saved by Howard James. With his help she gets to see what is really going on outside of her protected bubble. Understandably she is torn between what she has been told and what she is seeing right before her eyes; soon after she is “rescued” by the government and taken back to her ivory tower where she eventually takes over as the new Matron.
Once in office her eyes are opened even more when she starts to realize that all is not what it seems to be. At this point in the story I feel that a lot of people today can relate to Bethanie. Becoming disillusioned with the standing government and realizing that in some cases they are doing more harm than good. Pushing their own agendas with no regards to what the people really want or need.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It’s not a genre I normally read but the synopsis really grabbed my attention, I am so glad I chose this book to review. The writing is engaging and I just got lost in the story. The characters are well written and relatable.
Overall I loved this book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, over 18 due to sexual content. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Kendall.
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