Ironically enough, the lack of affect in its characters made them appear very flat and boring. I could not relate or appreciate any of the characters. I felt that there was not much happening in this book and will probably pick up in its sequel. This book basically focused on the world building and not much else. I feel that I still don't know much about Keller and the other significant characters of the book. The only interesting part of the book for me was when Keller and the other trackers happened upon magazines from the past and how the author smartly described pages full of male and female models.
It was insanely funny. I was still unconvinced and unsold by the plot especially with the existence of babies in an island where no man is present. Did they have like a batch of sperms freezing somewhere and thawed when there's a need to fertilize it with a young and healthy woman? Weird definitely. I know the only explanation will be in its sequel. Unfortunately, I'm still not enticed enough to follow this series. View all 3 comments. Aug 08, Carlos rated it it was ok. This book was a good idea but it was poorly executed, the plot needed more background infotmation and the characthers needed to be more hashed out.
The ending was not what I expected, I think the audience needed more information about what had happpened to the rest of society and what else was going around in the world. Nice try but poorly executed dystopian narrative. Jul 17, Lora rated it did not like it Shelves: young-adult-lit. Disappointing is the best way to describe this book. The end flap made it sound so good with an excellent premise of an island populated only by women who sustain themselves and think of men as the enemy.
A few of the girls discover a buried house and with it things of the past teen magazines, makeup, bicycles, heels and they start to wonder what is really outside their island. The story drags along and nothing really happens. There is way too much description that tells the reader nothing and Disappointing is the best way to describe this book. There is way too much description that tells the reader nothing and not nearly enough dialogue and action. Keller, the narrator, complains throughout most of the book and she is a very annoying character. The structure of the island and the government in place is never really fully explained and makes the basic premise of the book difficult to understand and confusing.
Nothing is properly justified. The few action sequences there are very very few aren't that entertaining and are so pedestrian I felt like I could have written them better, and I'm a horrible writer. The ending is tied up too quickly with things about the enemy men explained to quickly. In fact, the book just kind of ends. I don't know if Hauge is planning a sequel or not, but the reader is really left still wondering what is going to happen to Keller, the island, and what the existence of men really means for their little world.
Avoid this book. Waste of time, and particularly frustrating because it had such good potential. Mar 16, Julie rated it did not like it. That was so bad! I laughed the whole time I was reading it because it was so ridiculous! The writing style is very immature and sloppy. Very simplistic.
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And it's more of telling us what's happening instead of showing. It was something like this "I go here and I see this and then i turn and do that. All they talk about is menstruation. I can't I laughed so hard. When we did get some "action" action is a very strong word for what was going on, which is basically That was so bad! When we did get some "action" action is a very strong word for what was going on, which is basically nothing , I couldn't care for any of the characters because of the dialogue. Do not recommend I only knew that once I saw the gorgeous cover, I had to read the book.
She keeps herself distant and aloof, but she is a product of her upbringing. In a society where friendship and even laughter is forbidden, she has been molded to fit within the strict, inflexible walls of her community.
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She has one purpose in life, and that is train to be a Tracker, one of the staunch defenders who keeps the rampaging men at bay. Her life is all about disciple and routine, and above all else, about following the rules.
As with many post-apocalyptic stories, there is no detailed explanation given for the collapse of the previous civilization, just the drudgery of those left in its wake. Keller is extremely dedicated to her training, and she wants more than anything to become a Tracker. She pushes herself to the limit, and she obediently does everything that is expected of her. I had to know what happened next, and how it would change Keller.
This was one of those. I finished the book almost a week ago, and I am still thinking about Keller, wondering what she could have done differently, if she could have changed anything, even the slightest bit. Sep 11, Hafsah Faizal rated it it was amazing. I just finished reading Nomansland, by Lesley Hauge.
It was incredible.
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It was unlike anything I've read before. No Vampires, Fairies, Magic -- Nomansland is unique. The story takes place in the future, on a wind-swept island called Foundland, where there are no men. In fact, the women in Foundland are taught that men are the enemy. Women run the island, grow the crops, tend the animals, and defend the island from an enemy that never shows up.
It was meant for us to think, to contemplate, to ponder over what we call normal and common in our lives. The main character, Keller, follows all the rules, whatever they may be. She accepts her way of life, even if she's not satisfied in it. When a group of girls, including Keller, finds an underground cavern filled with "smooth glossy, bound books" magazines , colored paints make-up , and "shoes that were probably used as weapons" high-heels - all things forbidden to them. Keller wonders what made the Old People from the Time Before so And why do the women and girls of Foundland have to live this way, forbidden from many things that will make them happy?
Why live such a dull and colorless life is isolation?
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Overall, I really liked this book. It wasn't full of action or suspense, but I felt the need to turn the page to find out what happens to Keller, if her questions will be answered, and by whom. I enjoyed the ending as well, which gives new hope to the island of Nomansland, but most of all, to Keller.
Jul 21, Mary Ann rated it really liked it Shelves: adventure , young-adult. Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian society, Hauge's debut novel delves into the inner turmoil of Keller, a young teen, as she struggles with her own values and identity in an oppressive society. The girls in the society are taught to avoid the seven Pitfalls—Reflection, Decoration, Coquetry, Triviality, Vivacity, Compliance, and Sensuality—and to reject warmth Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian society, Hauge's debut novel delves into the inner turmoil of Keller, a young teen, as she struggles with her own values and identity in an oppressive society.
The girls in the society are taught to avoid the seven Pitfalls—Reflection, Decoration, Coquetry, Triviality, Vivacity, Compliance, and Sensuality—and to reject warmth and friendship. The leaders have created a tough, self-reliant society, and yet allegiance to these values and to the leadership is cracking at all levels.
It ends in death and disaster when their repressive, pleasure- hating leaders find out and punish the girls.
This is a novel for reflection on peer pressure, trust, and identity and is not a story for readers who want exciting action. I would give this to lovers of Hunger Games and Graceling who are clamoring for more dystopian literature with strong female leads. But interesting premise and compelling story that pulled me through. May 30, Kate rated it did not like it. I couldn't finish reading it.
It started off well enough for a dystopian novel, but the concept was just poorly executed. Seriously, it's not exactly cliche, but more unbelievable. However, instead of having the barest of redeeming qualities making me laugh at trite jokes because the story is OK, or laugh at the poor story because the one-liners make me chuckle. As a book, I rate it at a C-, a grade that I consider to be generous. It didn't even have the courtesy to be bad from the beginning, I couldn't finish reading it.
It didn't even have the courtesy to be bad from the beginning, so that I knew to put it down and start something else. No, it was OK at the start and just dropped off at the 50 page mark. Something like that borders on cruel, as I had taken it with me to keep busy ignoring my peers on a bus and found it unacceptable. No redeeming qualities at the end, either, as I broke my own rules to skip to the end and see if I should keep reading yes, an act of utter taboo.
Not only did it fail at the end, it did so doubly as it left with a sort of cliff-hanger. Except it resembled more of an unfinished work, like a tailor who left his suit for lunch and didn't return. Well, feel free to prove me wrong, but I prefer my seams to be finished and my buttons and cuffs all where they're supposed to be.
View 1 comment. Jun 01, Clare rated it did not like it Shelves: abandoned. Not my style. A bunch of girls live without men. They find a treasure chest of accessories from our time their past and it changes them and their values.