The problem is that these are all rather two dimensional. Most year-olds I know group together in like minded cliques. There is nothing that would bind these apparent friends together. The genesis of the virus is hinted at but never explored. Is it a terrorist act or merely an unfortunate accident? Neither Rogers, nor Jessie, are interested in this.
Neither do we get a great deal on the overall impact of the disease, other than that is has clearly spawned a lot of fundamental groups of various types. Yet for all this, there's no doubt that it asks some interesting and uncomfortable questions of the reader and the ending is genuinely moving. The whole concept of the virus itself is a scarily good basis for a story, but by presenting such a myriad of extreme views, the reality of the issue is somehow lost.
FLAME for example rant that if the disease affected males then something would have been done by now. Ultimately it lacks the heart that can make dystopian stories, like Never Let Me Go or The Handmaid's Tale , so affecting, but at least it doesn't try to over-simplify the moral message. I'm still not sure of what I think of Jessie's decision - and that's to the book's credit.
Just send us an email and we'll put the best up on the site. Jump to: navigation , search. Personal tools Log in. Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children's books Authors. Category: Literary Fiction. Reviewer: Robin Leggett. Summary: A terrifying disease, known as Maternal Death Syndrome, kills all pregnant mothers threatening to wipe out humankind.
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