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Future Home of the Living God
Future Home of the Living God | Louise Erdrich
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Avanders
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I can‘t, in good conscience, rate a book anything other than 1 star when my first 3 thoughts upon finishing were “wtaf” “are you f‘ing kidding me” and “f you” (but in my head, I didn‘t use letters... 😬). So yeah. Most definitely NOT for me. Other 1-star reviews will probably well-enough explain my reasons, but I‘m going to go and *not* think about this book anymore.....

#unpopularopinion #sorryifthisisyourfavoritebook

bromeliad I had THIS EXACT REACTION to Convenience Store Woman a month or two ago. I feel you! 1mo
monalyisha That sucks! What a cover! 1mo
Avanders @bromeliad 👊🏽😘 @monalyisha in all fairness, lots of people *do* quite like the book. 🤷🏽‍♀️ I just expected something verrry different all the way up to the last page... 😤 1mo
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Prairiegirl_reading 😲😲😲 oh no!!! 1mo
Crazeedi This author does nothing for me 1mo
emilyhaldi I despised this book!!!! 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 1mo
BethM Great review! 1mo
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Avanders
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Excited for my September #reallifebookgroup picks! The tagged one in particular, but having heard such good things about Educated, I look forward to that too! 👏🏽👏🏽

Also — received a lovely surprise from @AmyG yesterday! Thank you so much!! ♥️🥰🥰🥰 #CozySwap

AmyG 😘😘😘 2mo
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Shakespearience
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TMW you finish three books in one weekend. This was the last of my summer break starters...so I imagine my pace will slow down some.

And don‘t think I haven‘t noticed my @Litsy score going up. I can‘t wait til I break 1000!

SamanthaMarie Ooo so exciting!! Keep up the reading AND the Litfluence ♡♡ 2mo
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Creadnorthey
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This is the love-child of Atwood‘s Oryx and Crake with Handmaid‘s Tale, yet is certainly strong enough to stand on it‘s own two feet. Great read talking about, as the inside flap states, female agency, love, self determination, biology, and natural rights.

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sprainedbrain
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My love affair with Louise Erdrich‘s writing continues.

Dystopian tale of a near future where evolution starts to reverse, women are forced to conceive, and pregnant women are imprisoned. Cedar is a woman fighting for her life and the life of her unborn baby, telling her story in a journal written for the baby. Very original (this is not The Handmaid‘s Tale at all, despite the comparisons I‘ve seen), beautiful, scary, and haunting.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lady_Tigana_20 I have only ever read her THE ROUND HOUSE. I liked that well enough to recommend it to my book club. Good discussion. 3mo
sprainedbrain @Lady_Tigana_20 I loved that one, too! And 3mo
Christine I loved this one, too! 3mo
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ladyneverwhere
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@Jerdencon @Shakespearience @RavenLovelyReads I think I'm going to go with future home of the living god for #lmpbc unless anyone has any objections. Getting started on it tonight as long as you all approve 😊

Shakespearience Never heard of it so I approve 3mo
RavenLovelyReads I‘ll read anything- never heard of it, you got my stamp of approval! 🤓 3mo
Jerdencon I‘ve never heard of it either so sounds good. I have 2 choices at hone but don‘t remember what they are and I‘m currently in Ireland so I will post them by the weekend when I‘m home. 3mo
ladyneverwhere Ok great, thanks everyone! And have fun in Ireland @Jerdencon ! 3mo
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Hestapleton
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My first Erdrich and certainly not my last. The beginning took a bit to get into, but the plot moves faster in Part II. Some strong similarities to THE HANDMAIDS TALE, but it stands strong on its own and I might like it better. 😬 A haunting tale about women‘s bodies and the power given to and taken from them. An important reminder today. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #booked2019 #indigenousauthor

Suet624 Erdrich is 👍🏼👍🏼💕💕 4mo
Cinfhen I recently read my first Erdrich and I was blown away!! I will definitely be reading more of her books. I did the audio & it was excellent 4mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I am waiting for my copy which I ordered immediately after your review! 4mo
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Cinfhen Oh no @BarbaraBB Pressure 🙈 4mo
Exbrarian Is that a weighted blanket? I think I have the exact same one. 4mo
Hestapleton @Exbrarian yes it is and it‘s my favorite reading companion! It makes me feel all cozy and snuggled up and I adore it. 4mo
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Megabooks
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This book was originally part of #botmchallenge 2017, and ever since then, I didn‘t feel like I gave it a proper shot. So now I‘m going to try it or #indigenousauthor for #booked2019. I‘m feeling a little dystopian. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 I like this cover more than the creepy sonogram!

Reviewsbylola God speed my friend. 😆 I bailed. I really wanted to like it. I thought the synopsis was cool and Erdrich is a good writer. But I think she needs to stay away from dystopian. 4mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I bailed too, but somehow I remember it being a BS reason, like a book I was waiting for came in at the library? Idk. I‘m going to give it another try! 🤔 4mo
4thhouseontheleft I really like Louise Erdrich, but I‘ve never heard of this one! (edited) 4mo
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emilyhaldi Curious to see if you like this better now that you're not drowing in the #botmchallenge 😅 4mo
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft it came out in 2017. I just don‘t remember it well, but it seems like a big departure from what she usually writes about. 4mo
Megabooks @emilyhaldi I look back on that year, I don‘t know how I read so much. I was reading 20 books a month. I don‘t think I ever turned on the TV! 4mo
L_auren LOVED THIS ONE 4mo
Megabooks @L_auren Awesome! Maybe I will, too! 4mo
Cinfhen I think I want to try this one again. I bailed the first time 4mo
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Purplerosiepage
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I read a whole bunch of books in May. I also started 5 that I hope to finish in June!

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DivineDiana
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Set in an indeterminate future, the characters are expecting a crisis. Cedar Hawke Songmaker was adopted and raised by a hippie couple.She knows that her heritage is Ojibwe.Now that she is pregnant, she travels to visit her birth mother to find out if she needs to worry about inherited medical conditions. Meanwhile, pregnant women are being rounded up by the government, and that begins Cedar‘s flight to save her baby. #indigenousauthor #booked2019

DivineDiana Artist: Louisa Rivera 6mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen such mixed reviews but your synopsis and the above art makes me want to read this book!!! 6mo
ephemeralwaltz I've had this on the TBR for some time! It might be time to pick it up. 6mo
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DivineDiana @Cinfhen The artwork was used to illustrate a book review for O magazine. I listened to the audio which was well done. Frightening and interesting with some loose ends. I read that the author was asked to cut quite a bit, so the publisher could release it ASAP. 6mo
Reggie Nice review, I‘ve been on the fence. 6mo
DivineDiana @Reggie Thank you. On the fence about whether you liked it or reading it? 🤔 (edited) 6mo
Reggie About reading it. 6mo
DivineDiana @Reggie Got it! I‘m thinking you might like it. 😀 6mo
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amyf0x
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In a world that‘s turning back evolution at an alarming rate, Cedar and her family must escape great and dangerous odds to protect the mysterious fetus that‘s growing inside of her.

Read April 11-14
Book 21/55

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DivineDiana
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Passed this statue that reminded me of Aslan on today‘s #audiowalk . #litsywalkers

kspenmoll Stately and beautiful! 6mo
Lcsmcat Oh no! The White Witch has been here! 😀 6mo
Tanisha_A Ooh! Nice! 6mo
batsy Love it! 🦁 6mo
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DivineDiana
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I passed this beautiful tree in bloom while doing my #audiowalk. Also admired the lovely swing under the tree.
Just started this “play away” for #booked2019 #indigenousauthor

TheWordJar 😍😍😍 Gorgeous! 6mo
Redwritinghood Beautiful tree! 6mo
4thhouseontheleft How lovely! 6mo
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Tanisha_A Ooh 😍 6mo
Cinfhen I miss the neighborhood 😢😢Spring & Fall are my favorite season there. The trees are all so beautiful 6mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous 💕💕💕 6mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen The trees are beautiful! But you have a different kind of beauty surrounding you! 💗 (edited) 6mo
Cinfhen True, but I can‘t deny the majestic beauty 🌳🌲🌳 6mo
Izai.Amorim Awesome picture! 6mo
DivineDiana @Izai.Amorim ❤️ 6mo
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lauren.lerner
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#tbt to when I saw the paperback edition of the tagged book (which I read as a #BOTM in 2017) at the local bookstore in Pam Beach last week. This cover makes me want to #reread this book (just as soon as I‘m ready to jump into rereads again!)

It was a lovely shop & I was reminded that I need to make a better effort to #shopindie. Looking forward to warmer weather on this #springsolstice & to upcoming #audiowalk adventures with my Little Dude!

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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

From the description I felt like this would be a book I would love. However, it fell short for me. The writing is beautiful, the idea behind the book is intriguing, but there were too many unexplained things to make this a pick. I don't mind some speculation on behalf of the reader to fill in the story, but I needed a bit more detail to help with that.

This did fulfill my #Minnesota requirement for #ReadingUSA2019. @Librarybelle

Librarybelle I read another book by Erdrich years ago, and I thought it was just okay. She‘s not a favorite author of mine, though I know many enjoy her books. Glad you gave this one a try! 8mo
readordierachel Hm. I've been very curious about this one, but it gets mixed reviews. I think you're not alone in your experience. 8mo
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Jolynne
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I‘m back and forth trying to decide if I liked this novel. The ending certainly pushed it up a notch (although that is a much different take from what others thought). All the unanswered questions too! But, I suppose if we were living in a world that was ending there would be many unanswered questions.

Oh heck,👍🏾because Erdrich can spin a story.

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Jenken1998
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Mehso-so

Eh..Been here read this. Pretty much a retelling of The Handmaid's Tale. A little more scifi than i normally read. I kept pushing through bc i wanted to understand "the apocalypse " never was really explained in depth. I'd maybe give it 3 stars.

CouronneDhiver I‘m not a fan of her writing... tried a few, but no luck. 9mo
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morgan_lionheart
Mehso-so

The only reason I stuck this one out is Erdrich's beautiful writing. It takes place during an apocalypse, but the apocalypse is never explained so the story makes no sense and ultimately doesn't go anywhere.

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CatsCoffeeAndBooks
Mehso-so

Another quick read. Took me awhile to get into but it did pick up speed over time. I still have a lot of questions and maybe that was the point but the ending was not satisfying for me. The author lost me in multiple places throughout the book.

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CatsCoffeeAndBooks
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Up next for me! Has anyone else read this? Thoughts?

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ClairesReads
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This novel has met a lot of criticism but ultimately I think this novel does what it sets out to. It is an exploration of human society in crisis, an examination of what makes us who we are as a species and as individuals, it‘s a novel of family, faith and human connection. It was generally well-paced, if a little uneven at times. Erdrich once again captured my imagination and my concern with this compelling read.

LitLogophile Beautiful photo! 10mo
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ClairesReads
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A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author #readharder2018

KateFulfordAuthor How are you liking the read so far? 10mo
ClairesReads @KateFulfordAuthor I enjoyed this. It‘s by no means Erdrich‘s best, but I think some of the criticism that it has received has been misplaced/ based on misplaced expectations. It was very compelling and thought-provoking. 10mo
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slategreyskies
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This book was incredibly intense. It was well written, and the plot and characters kept my attention, but now I need something lighthearted to pull me out of this pit! 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I listened to the audiobook read by Louise Erdrich herself and liked it.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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OK, this book is really starting to frustrate me. Between Cedar‘s refusal to comprehend what‘s going on in the world and her coy refusal to say what‘s actually happening that people are explaining as “evolution going backward,” I have no idea what the disaster is, and I feel that I should by this point in the book. Also, is Phil a literal angel or not?! Don‘t tell me that he‘s an angel and then drop it to talk about his Midwest roots!

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Clare-Dragonfly
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How come vegans in books are always health nuts and/or environmentalist freaks and/or wildly over-the-top performing virtue? How come even the “nice” ones like Sera conform to the joke (How do you know when someone is a vegan? Don‘t worry, they‘ll tell you)? Where are the vegan characters who are just normal people who choose not to use animal products?

ravenlee Probably because normal vegans aren‘t the ones writing books. And too many other people only have the stereotype to go by, unfortunately. I have been vegetarian for over twenty years, and was vegan after my daughter‘s birth (she reacted to dairy and eggs in my diet while nursing), and people felt it necessary to tell me I was endangering my child with my “choices.” People suck. 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly @ravenlee People do suck 😡 I‘m sorry they were so rude and judgmental to you. 10mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I‘m enjoying this one so far.

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ClairesReads
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Come at me #readharder2018 ! My time management with this challenge has been the WORST ever this year. I‘m mildly anxious I won‘t finish these before 2018 is done 😱

Emilymdxn Some amazing books here! Whatever time of year you manage to read them! 10mo
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn it‘s a pretty good stack that‘s helping with my motivation 10mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads you can do it Claire dig it in ! 🥰 10mo
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ClairesReads @Redheadrambles thanks for the encouragement friend! Crazy Rich Asians is so fun! 10mo
Redheadrambles @Clairesreads it‘s great eh ! I am tempted to get the next one lined up 10mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles same! Great summer reading 10mo
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Mitch
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KS1805
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The stuff of nightmares. #audiobook

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FernsAndFairyTales
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This was a little bit more of a thriller than I expected, but it was balanced out by many quiet and internal moments. The beginning was a bit slow, but I really enjoyed it overall.

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JenniferEgnor
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I was going to marry Cuthbert and had the date of the wedding all picked out, but then his sisters turned him against me. They told him that I was after his money, I wanted his land, and also that I was having sex with the Devil.
Only that last part was true.

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JenniferEgnor
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Finally I take hold of myself. I stand up. But my head feels funny and I have to sit. I‘ve entered a mental passageway and am walking down a set of lightless stairs. There is no railing. I can‘t see where I‘m going. I just keep placing one foot before the other until finally I reach the bottom. It is black there and I am utterly alone.

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JenniferEgnor
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I‘m afraid we won‘t get out. Afraid that the night is not deep enough to hide us.

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JenniferEgnor
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I want to crumple to the floor like an empty suit of clothes. I want to cry, and sometimes I do cry, why not? Who will hear me, among the angelic orders?

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JenniferEgnor
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We are so brief. A one-day dandelion.

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JenniferEgnor
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The first thing that happens at the end of the world is that we don‘t know what is happening.

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JenniferEgnor
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Mother Earth has a clear sense of justice. You fuck me up, I fuck you up.

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J.Dormouse

“We are rushing too. The wind is whipping past us. We are so brief. A one-day dandelion. A seedpod skittering across the ice. We are a feather falling from the wing of a bird. I don‘t know why it is given to us to be so mortal and to feel so much. It is a cruel trick, and glorious.”

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Johanna414
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This book has such mixed review that I was a little unsure going in, but I‘m definitely in the “loved it” camp. It wasn‘t perfect - the ending felt rushed and wasn‘t totally satisfying - but Erdrich succeeded in making me feel extremely anxious while I was reading it. I‘ve seen a lot of review complaining about the lack of info about the dystopian aspects, but I think that was intentional. It added to that sense that the reader didn‘t have any

Johanna414 more information than the characters. I would have loved details about how the world was changing and all the weird genetic stuff, but the characters were in the dark and so were we. 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly So does it never get explained? At the moment I feel like I have way less information than the characters, in part due to Cedar‘s deliberate ignorance. 😑 10mo
Johanna414 @Clare-Dragonfly there never is a concrete explanation 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly Thanks. On reflection I think I‘m going to bail on this one. Ah well. 10mo
Johanna414 @Clare-Dragonfly I can see how this book wouldn‘t be for everyone. I really liked it, despite being frustrated with aspects of it 10mo
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Johanna414
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Nina‘s got a gassy belly tonight and will only sleep while I‘m holding her... doing a little multitasking here!

LoverofLit Story of my life ❤ Those are the most adorable toes! 13mo
Rachbb3 Baby toes!! ❤ 13mo
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Bookgirl
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“I asked who was in charge. Phil said God. I said that was the most terrifying thing I‘d ever heard and he said, ‘Me too. That‘s why I bought the Bushmaster.‘”
I love Louise Erdrich‘s writing and this book has plenty of meaningful and beautiful prose. This apocalyptic tale has parallels to The Handmaids Tale. I think it falters in the pace as well as in Cedar being not too bright. But, the story is intriguing and moments of the writing stand out.

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Lauram
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I really liked this book and look forward to discussing it with my book club tomorrow night. It‘s been years since I‘ve read a dystopian novel, and I‘m looking forward to finding out what others I should be reading.

Trashcanman 👁️👁️ 13mo
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JordanGraft
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I'm obsessed with Louise Erdrich's writing. She can weave a beautifully crafted tale like no other. This novel is much different than the ones she's written before, and not my favorite, but the characters and their relationships are just as striking and memorable. There were a few aspects that reminded me a bit too much of Handmaid's Tale, and the ending left me a little frustrated, but overall I thought it was worth reading.

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JordanGraft
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Me: I'm gonna read for awhile
Dogs: k we're all gonna stand on you while you do that cuz that will be fun for us for some reason
#dogsoflitsy

Lylah you‘re so pretty!! 14mo
LeahBergen 😂😂 14mo
JordanGraft @Lylah oh thank you!! 14mo
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kspenmoll 🤣🤣 14mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Right?! WHY?!! Im like, go stand on each other if you like it so much 😂 14mo
RebL Such good doggies! 14mo
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JordanGraft
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😁

JacqMac Truth! 14mo
JSW I would pay to go. Not kidding. 14mo
Slajaunie 👍 14mo
Readingismyescape Agreed!! 14mo
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MEGR
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“I think we have survived because we love beauty and because we find each other beautiful. I think it may be our strongest quality.” 💖 I saw these gorgeous roses at the farmer‘s market. Beautiful in spite of the summer heat.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Mehso-so

I was disappointed with this book. I‘m not sure if any other people who read this book felt this way- to me it seemed very similar to The Handmaid‘s Tale. But not as good. Too much ambiguity, not much happening, and a feeling that I must be missing something while I was reading. I kept reading just to see if I could figure out what was going on. #gladthiswasalibrarybook

CouronneDhiver I wasn‘t a fan either 1y
ElishaLovesBooks @CouronneDhiver That makes me feel better! 1y
emilyhaldi I hated it 😝 1y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Trying to get this book read along with some #selfcare I want to like this book so much but it‘s not really doing it for me. I‘m still reading just to see what happens.

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Clare_Riley
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Mehso-so

So much dystopia only seems to be dystopian for the women! Everything I‘ve read recently paints an awful picture for anyone of the female persuasion. Other than The Power or Herland, does anyone know of any books where the women get to be ‘King‘ (or Queen, obviously 🙄)? Saying that, I quite liked the voice of the main character in this - but that ending...😣