Author: C.T. French
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Carla Mercer-Meyer
Length: 8 hours and 49 minutes
Genre: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
Production Date: March 18, 2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest opinion.
Madison is one of the only survivors from the Blue Pox. In the span of a few months this disease wiped out over 99% of the male and most of the female human population. Now females outnumber males at a ratio of 2 to 1.
Somehow the Blue Pox even crossed species and infected and killed much of the animal population.
Survivors have banded together in camps and communes.Eighteen year old Madison lives with over 500 other women on a commune in Tennessee. The commune is located in what was an eco-experimental university campus with solar and wind power.
The eco-friendly accommodations are not the only unique thing about her community. The most unique thing about where she lives is that is a solely woman run camp. The vast majority of the population is women and what few men there are, are all prisoners kept alive for the purpose of slave labor and eventually for procreation.
When a pregnant young woman named Sarah arrives with her male partner Madison begins to question the morality of their “all woman” policy. Men are referred to as “Others” and seen as enemies.
Madison loves Katherine who also happens to be the commune’s leader. Katherine saved Madison’s life and her sanity when she found Madison wandering lost, alone and in despair over the deaths of her parents in the aftermath of the Blue Pox pandemic. In fact, they arrived at the compound together and Madison views Katherine as her surrogate mother.
When Katherine informs Madison that they are instituting a new procreation policy and that Madison will be expected to participate, cracks start to form in their relationship.
Madison must decide if she will stay at the commune or if she will leave and risk trying to find a safer, better place to live or if she will submit to the rules and edicts of the Women’s Commune.
When a young man arrives at the commune Madison finds herself attracted to him, but how can they have a real relationship when he is seen as little more than a slave.
This is a gripping and emotional roller coaster of a story that will make readers (listeners) question what they would do if they were in Madison’s situation.
I love the fact that while this is a fiction story, it tackles some of society’s issues and makes the listener think. There are many social, emotional and moral topics explored in this book.
Carla Mercer-Meyer has an excellent voice for narration. She does not ‘try-too-hard’ which is something that I find many narrators do. Her voice does not take over the book, but instead it draws the listener into the story. I was impressed with her narrative skills and highly recommend her.
I rate the narration and the story both as 4 out of 5 stars and I will be recommending this audiobook to my friends. It is available for download at http://www.audible.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
C.T. French is short for Christy Tillery French. She is an award winning author and poet who writes mostly about women from the southern United States.
Visit her author profile on Goodreads at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/215101.Christy_Tillery_French
Visit her website at: http://www.christytilleryfrench.com
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