Author: Lesley Hauge
Genre: Teen Fiction, Dystopian Fiction
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN-13 Book: 9780805090642
Publisher: Listening Library
ISBN-13 Book: 9780307737915
Source: I checked out both the book and the audiobook from my public library. This is my honest review!
Nomansland by Lesley Hauge
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Keller is training to be a tracker for her community. As a tracker she learns to shoot and ride, take care of weapons and animals. She and the other trackers in training live on an island that is populated solely by women; women who are strong, and have no need for men whom they deem the enemy. When her squad finds a house long buried under the vegetation which contains artifacts of the time before, they fall victim to the mysteries these items (magazines, high heeled shoes, makeup, etc…) represent and begin to question what their leaders have told them. They begin to question who really is the enemy.
Keller’s world is hard and full of rules. These rules are often called pitfalls. Keller cannot look at her reflection because that would be a pitfall, she isn’t allowed to have friends, or see images of the past. Her society has done everything to control the minds of the girls they are training.
Keller’s character is well developed. She questions her society, yet at the same time recognizes that she must stay in her place. She treads a fine line, and when she attracts the attention of the Chair, Ms. Windsor, her actions become even more closely watched.
Keller’s world is not one I would be eager to jump into. No friends, difficult training, and any number of rules to break. Not to mention the fact that mutations have occurred since Tribulation, and her community destroys the mutations they find. Hauge has done a great job making Nomansland, (or Foundland as Keller and her people call it) a very unwelcoming place. Rules are strict, punishments stricter, and friends downright dangerous.
My only complaint about the novel is that I wanted to know more about how the world got this way. You are only told that it happened during Tribulation. Like so many other dystopian novels, this one only vaguely describes how we found ourselves in such dire straights.
The audio version of the book is produced by Listening Library and read by Justine Eyre. Eyre, who has a very memorable voice, also reads the Fallen series by Lauren Kate which had me thinking of those books while she was reading this one. The audio production is well done however, and once I got past the shock of thinking that Luce from Fallen was narrating the novel everything was fine. This is a short audiobook at only five CDs so definitely a quick listen for those who enjoy dystopian stories. Very well done audio.
Overall this is an interesting story. A fast read for dystopian fans.
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