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    New Juicy Review: Nomansland by Lesley Hauge

    Book:                          Nomansland

    Author:                       Lesley Hauge

    Publisher:                   Henry Holt (Macmillan)

    ISBN/ASIN:               9780805090642

    Rating:                        Four Stars

    Release Date:               June 22, 2010

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    In Nomansland Lesley Hauge explores what it is like to be a young woman in an uncertain dystopian future, devoid of warmth, personal expression, and friendship. For Keller, a Tracker in her small isolated women’s only community, life has been nothing but Foundland and its harsh principals. At an early age the girls are taught to shun tears, decoration, vanity, and most of all friendship. Men are the enemy and the isolation of Foundland must be maintained at all costs.

    But Keller doesn’t always see the world through the eyes of Foundland. There are clues, remnants of the past, from the Time Before that trouble her. Even more so, these relics portray women in another role entirety. When she and a group of her fellow Trackers stumble upon a house from the Time Before, they unearth a time capsule from an age where women existed freely. As they grapple with their discovery, Keller realizes that these artifacts have the power to undermine the community of Foundland and challenge everything she and her fellow sisters believe in. 

    Hauge has managed to juxtapose feminism with a dystopian theme that will force readers to question exactly what is femininity. Is it the rejection of everything that is soft and embracing strength? Without softness, are women still women? Female? What differentiates them from men in Hauge’s cautionary tale? In Nomansland, the rejection of the feminine is taken to the extreme and Keller continually struggles with her own internal battles of what she is-with an identity that has been stripped and supplanted by a totalitarian system. I found Nomansland invigorating and startling to dive into and it fired up themes that readers will muse over long after the book has finished. Leaving readers on a sort of cliffhanger at the end, I am anxious to learn more of Keller’s new journey into the unknown… 

    A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat)

    Reader Comments (5)

    That sounds like a fabulous book! I'm interested in getting a copy of that so I'll have to remember the title when I get a couple of extra dollars! :-)

    June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPetula

    Great to find a site where the reviewer likesthe sort of books that I do. I'll be following your blog and figure I'll never have to wonder what to read again.

    The book sounds great, but is it the first of a series or not? I hate cliffhanger endings.

    You might like to take a preview peek at ch 1 of my new YA fantasy novel. You'll find it on the 'Lethal Inheritance page of

    June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTahlia

    Hi Petula-Definitely-I read it in one night-its a different book-more cerebral and introverted but it really was interesting and definitely thought-provoking like Birthmarked was.

    Hi Tahlia-I will definitely check out your YA Fantasy novel, you should be so proud of such an accomplishment! I am going to contact Lesley and find out-there has to be a sequel, because she left too much juicy stuff that has to be answered. I definitely want to read more! Will keep ya posted :)

    June 2, 2010 | Registered Commenterfiendishly bookish

    I just found your wonderful and thoughtful review -- thank you so much! And yes, there is another book set in the NOMANSLAND universe in the works -- should not be on the Internet and should be writing ... my website goes live this week, so I can be contacted through that as well.

    June 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlesley hauge

    Hi Lesley!
    What a great surprise! I am so glad to know that a sequel is in the works. (cracking whip) get to it girl-we want to hear about Keller's adventures in her new world. Now that I know you've got it cooking on the stove, all the better-now the anticipation begins!

    June 3, 2010 | Registered Commenterfiendishly bookish

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