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In the gripping sequel to the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, one woman undertakes a desperate journey to rescue the future.

Etta comes from Nowhere, a village of survivors of the great plague that wiped away the world that was. In the world that is, women are scarce and childbearing is dangerous...yet desperately necessary for humankind's future. Mothers and midwives are sacred, but Etta has a different calling. As a scavenger. Loyal to the village but living on her own terms, Etta roams the desolate territory beyond: salvaging useful relics of the ruined past and braving the threat of brutal slave traders, who are seeking women and girls to sell and subjugate.

When slavers seize those she loves, Etta vows to release and avenge them. But her mission will lead her to the stronghold of the Lion - a tyrant who dominates the innocent with terror and violence. There, with no allies and few weapons besides her wits and will, she will risk both body and spirit not only to save lives but also to liberate a new world's destiny.

©2017 Meg Elison (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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This is not The Book of The Unnamed Midwife

I was eager for this book to arrive after I pre-ordered it because of how impressed I was by "The Book of the Unnamed Midwife." Unfortunately, this book didn't live up to its prequel. Etta/Eddie is not very well developed; Elision's shot at a character grappling with their gender identity is neither believable nor compelling. The book reads like fan fiction of the original novel.

The narration isn't much better. Ojo struggles with even the most basic of accents.

I wouldn't recommend this title to anyone seeking to replicate their experience with the first book of the series.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Good story. Terrible Performance.

Terrible narrator. The reader mispronounces simple words like peripheral...saying instead periphreal. Her accents and voices detracted rather than enhanced the story. I suffered through the whole book because the story is interesting. But I would never get another book read by this lady. I will just buy the book and read it myself if she is the only reader available. Periphreal? Really? A professional reader who cannot even pronounce words correctly? Can't believe they let it hit the market. Ruined a good story. The first book in this series had a good narrator.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I'm so let down

The Unnamed Midwife was really interesting and unique. It provided an amazing potential for a sequel, but this did not measure up. The main character is androgynous and dresses as a man for survival purposes when he leaves his village which the protagonist did in the first book since there are few women left on earth. I couldn't get enough of the first book and highly recommend it, but this one took forever to finish and unfortunately felt like an item on my to-do list. To simplify, the first book was "WOW!" and this book was just "MEH..." Read the first and skip this one. Trust me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Thin story

Does not compare to the original story. I was disappointed at the main heroine and her "struggles' in her sexuality and identity. I would not recommend his book

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Almost Gets It, But Not Quite

I agree with other reviewers who were disappointed in this book after being wowed by the first. It was still a worthy effort and came very close to the first, but dropped a couple of things. I'm going to read/listen (I usually also buy the Kindle and read it while I listen to the audiobook if I'm really trying to immerse myself in a different world.) to it again in a couple of weeks, especially the end, where I think I missed some things.

The character of Etta/Eddy was pretty well written, and I followed the gender identity struggle as I've had many friends over the years who were gay or transgender. But every time I thought I understand him/her, he would do something that would indicate that I didn't really get him/her. That could be the author's failure or mine, which is why I'm going to try again. Also, many other characters could have been better developed, as they were quite interesting and I would have liked to know more about them.

It is a beautiful book, however, as was the first, and I'm interested in whether there are going to be more. So many questions seem to have been left unanswered that I hope there is going to be another installment.

For readers interested in dystopian futures where women are mostly gone from the world, there's an oldie but goodie written by Frank Herbert (of Dune fame) called the White Plague. I'm not sure if it's out in audiobook but I know Amazon carries it in book and probably Kindle. (I'm not sure if it's OK to plug another book in a review, but guess it's OK if they carry it!)

If re-reading/listening changes my opinion, I will revise this review. But for now, it is what it is. Well worth the listen, but a bit short of expectations based upon the first book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Average at best

I purchased this book based on first book in series. I felt this was a boring second installment.

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Good Book, but not for me. SJW not EOW

Le the start by saying this book is beautifully written and Miss Elison is very talented. I loved her first book very much. But if you are looking for dystopia fiction this book is not for you. This book is very much about social issues like feminism, transgenderism, homosexuality and gender constructs. If you are really interested in these subjects, then you will enjoy this book very much. I mostly enjoy dystopia future books for escapism and transgender sex is not really my idea of a escape. It really was just not for me, but again I restate, the writing is beautiful and the author is talented. I congratulate her on her follow up and hope it is successful. The narration was impeccably done as well.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Better than the first

I actually liked this better than the first book. It was better written and a bit more interesting. I think that folks that did not like this were turned off by the gender identity issues discussed in the book. The narrator was barely adequate but definitely not above average. She had difficulty pronouncing certain words. Wolf was pronounced woof, for instance. I expect that it is because the narrator is originally from an African country and English is not her first language.

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Really wanted to like it but...

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I really enjoyed the first book in this series and couldn't wait for the second book to come out. It's been weeks now and I just can't make myself listen to it any more. I REALLY wanted to like it since I liked the first so much. I just thought maybe it was one of those books that takes a while but I keep finding myself purchasing other credits to read something else.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not as amazing as the first

But still pretty great. I noticed some inconsistencies, such as bullets don't roll far when they fall on carpet. But otherwise it was really good. I am hoping for a third.

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  • J.Douglas
  • 11-20-17

Amazing such a talented writer

The unnamed most wife and the book of Etta are an amazing piece of fiction hard to listen to at times due to the content but a clever story - the plot - imagination - the writing so skilled xxxx