- File Size: 1702 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: #1,664,821 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.
Bethanie Green has spent the last twelve years training to become the next Matron of the underground nation of Oceania. But just weeks before she is to take office is she kidnaped by a group of men, luckily for her Howard James is there to rescue her.
I loved the idea of this book, the thought of underground sanctuaries where the human race continued their existence. Unfortunately too much of the story were spent on Bethanie's and Howards relationship and that was just not my cup of tea. And, that is too bad because Melissa Kendall really created an interesting world with a female leader that is chosen and trained for years to take over after the last one. Also, since there is something strange going on with this leadership was I sad to see that not enough was focused on coming to grips why the Matron, that should be a leader, just feels like a glorified monkey. Instead, Bethanie spends most of her time writing love letters to Howard. Come on, she has spent years in training, then realizing that what she is trained for isn't what she thought to be. The government has been lying to the people for years. I thought the story would be about her finding the truth and making the people realize they have been lied to instead all she do is pine after Howard and do anything to get back to him. As I said before, too much romance for my taste.
Another thing Bethanie's uses the word fornication all the time when she is talking about sex. And, I just couldn't take anything serious when she kept talking about fornications. Yes, she has learned that sex is fornications that children are born through inseminations and that is a crime to get pregnant the natural way. But still, after a while her choice of word was just annoying, especially since Howard is “enlightening” her.
Still there were good parts and I liked the book best when Bethanie is sworn into office and realize that she is not the leader she thought she would be and Bethanie struggle with learning the truth about when the power was taken from the Matron. I just wish that the last part of the book had been about Bethanie getting back the power for the Matron. If this had been more about the fight and less about the romance, then this had been a book for me.
I received this copy from The Writers Coffee Shop through NetGalley in return for an honest review!
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
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