Author: Christina Dalcher
Publication Date: October 19, 2021
Page Count: 332
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
A chilling look into an alternate near future where a woman and her daughter seek refuge in a women-only colony, only to find that the safe haven they were hoping for is the most dangerous place they could be.
Miranda Reynolds always thought she would rather die than live in Femlandia. But that was before the country sank into total economic collapse and her husband walked out in the harshest, most permanent way, leaving her and her sixteen-year-old daughter with nothing. The streets are full of looting, robbing, and killing, and Miranda and Emma no longer have much choice—either starve and risk getting murdered, or find safety. And so they set off to Femlandia, the women-only colony Miranda’s mother, Win Somers, established decades ago.
Although Win is no longer in the spotlight, her protégé Jen Jones has taken Femlandia to new heights: The off-grid colonies are secluded, self-sufficient, and thriving—and Emma is instantly enchanted by this idea of a safe haven. But something is not right. There are no men allowed in the colony, but babies are being born—and they’re all girls. Miranda discovers just how the all-women community is capable of enduring, and it leads her to question how far her mother went to create this perfect, thriving, horrifying society.
Femlandia by Christina Dalcher is a science fiction dystopian fantasy novel. Some have this one tagged as horror and while I wouldn’t say it’s really horror I would warn that some content is horrific in this dystopian world which leads to a trigger warning of abuse and assault. Femlandia is set in an alternate near future world when society has broken down and it’s chaos everywhere.
Miranda Reynolds’s mother was an extreme feminist and is known around the world for starting colonies known as Femlandia. These are meant as a safe space for abused women where they live in self sustaining isolation from the rest of the world around them.
Miranda never agreed with her mother’s idea of the world and was living her own life with her husband and daughter away from her mother’s ideal society. However, after losing her husband at the time that the world started breaking down Miranda was left to defend herself and her daughter and decided to take her daughter to Femlandia for protection.
Christina Dalcher is an author that I was already familiar with after reading her novel, Vox, which was compared to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. I actually enjoyed that dystopian read more than I had Atwood’s so seeing Femlandia I was certainly curious yet again. The story in Femlandia is yet again not for the squeamish but it did keep me engaged as I wondered how everything would work out in this one which a few twists along the way.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Christina Dalcher is a linguist, novelist, and flash fiction writer living in the American South. She has over 100 publishing credits in the UK, US, and Australia. Recognitions include first prize in the Bath Flash Fiction Award (February 2019), second prize in the 2016 Bartleby Snopes Dialogue-Only Contest, and nominations for The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions.
Her flash fiction appears in The Molotov Cocktail Prize Winners’ anthology, Whiskey Paper, Split Lip Magazine, (b)OINK, Five2One Magazine, and several others.
Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency represents Christina’s novels, including the international best seller VOX.
Christina lives with her husband and the ghosts of several dogs and cats.
To read more about her, or see samples of her work, please visit http://www.christinadalcher.com
Photo credits: Laurens Arenas, Bruce Dalcher
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