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A book by Lesley Hauge

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A bit slow a first, but a good read

  • May 19, 2010
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Nomansland is a pretty good story about a group of Amazon-type women who live in a postapocaliptic world. Their world is one which is tightly governed by rules and restrictions. Girls strictly are raised with specific tasks in mind. There are the Housekeepers, Librarians, Cooks, Mothers, etc. As many have mentioned, this is similar to Lois Lowry's book The Giver. But, I think this book is more reminiscent of Lowry's Gathering Blue, the second one in the 'series' and Ayn Rand's Anthem in its largely dystopian premise. Like Anthem, it explores a socialistic society and explores the weakness of its collective thinking.

Although a young adult book, it explores rather interesting and deep subjects. Whether intended or not, this is a very anti-collective minded society book because it shows all of its weaknesses and none of its attributes. The rules are irrational and the whole does not tolerate any possible individuality or advancement past its approval. Like I said, it explores many subjects.

The story focuses on Keller, who's function in this society is to be a tracker, trains alongside other teenagers to defend the island where they live from their enemy: man. Upon discovering things from the previous civilization, the girl's lives change as they start to question the rules and structure they live by.

The books is very slow at first and mostly Keller's reflective point of view. There are issues with pacing and every time all the girls kept looking through their discoveries I got bored. But, near the end the book quickly picks up the pace to a semi-satisfying end. I would have liked more examination into the group of women that lived in the city. I also would have liked better character development for the adults in the book.

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review by . June 07, 2010
Keller lives a strict and controlled life with all women in Foundland. They are each assigned tasks, and are expected to carry them out in perfect order and with complete obedience in order to avoid the major pitfalls of women in the past that led to humanity's downfall. Keller is a novice Tracker, and spends her days learning how to hunt and kill the enemy: men. But when Keller the rest of the novices in her patrol find a dwelling from the Time Before, Keller's life is forever changed. In a bedroom …
review by . April 28, 2010
Lesley Hauge's "Nomansland" delivers a post-apocalyptic punch meant to deliver a message to pre-teen and teenage girls regarding modern lifestyles.     Depicting a world where some global catastrophe has rendered the progression of what we now know and live impossible, the community called Nomansland formulated by extreme measures of survival consists of only women--man-hating/fearing horseback riders and archers that vaguely suggest the Amazons of Greek mythology. Ruled by a …
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Gr 7 Up–Keller is a teenage tracker-in-training in a future dystopia where no men are allowed. All vanity has been abolished, and even friendships are forbidden. Keller is alienated and, at first, mildly dissatisfied with her hardscrabble existence. She and her fellow novices find a buried tract house from the time before, and discover makeup, fashion magazines, and flattering clothing. Meanwhile, their elders are hot on the trail of this discovery, as objects from the time before are coveted as talismans of power. And that's about it–the plot is dry and eventless. Hauge is a fine writer and has a light hand with minor characters, and the nasty ones are especially well wrought. The sober, economical prose sets a steady pace and dismal mood. However, Keller's arc from discomfort to rebelliousness is more show than tell. Unfortunately, this stock combination of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (Random, 1989) and Lois Lowry's The Giver (Houghton, 1993) isn't half as emotionally affecting as either novel. In fact, the dystopian stereotypes–bad weather, possible Others beyond the borders, colorless everything–dilute an otherwise fine narrative. No amount of solid prose can save this book from itself. Teens waiting for Suzanne Collins's Mockingjay (Scholastic, 2010) won't find much distraction here.Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library
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ISBN-10: 0805090649
ISBN-13: 978-0805090642
Author: Lesley Hauge
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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