Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Whores: not intended to be a factual account of the gender war by Nicolas Wilson

In the near future, women's rights are eroding. Those who buck the system are hunted as gender criminals by the authorities when they're lucky, and rogue militias when they aren't. Alex Harmon, a newly minted gender crimes detective tasked with bringing recalcitrant 'feministas' to justice, pursues a woman cast into a resistance group by circumstance. The tactics of his peers and growing unrest force him to question his goals and allegiances, as he finds himself dragged into a brutal guerrilla war for the minds and bodies of a generation of women.

Please note: Whores contains some graphic violence, adult language, and mature themes.

This is gritty, dark, and a fascinating read.  This is a completely different world, but it's so easy to see how we could end up there.  Both men and women will cringe at the lawful action going on in this story.
If you have a problem with timelines, you may want to make sure you schedule yourself plenty of time to read this.  There isn't a lot of jumping around, but sometimes it feels like it.  Just enough to make you a little off-kilter.  Then again, that could have been just my reading of it.
Although this will be a tough read for most women out there, I also think it's a necessary one.  It doesn't just deal with women's rights or the loss of them, but it deals with how everyone handles it.  You know, things can't go back to the way they were a hundred years ago.  Women will not just bow to the subservience of men.  This book puts a whole new perspective on 'what if?'  What if women's rights were taken away?  It doesn't just stop with abortion, that's just the tip of the iceberg.  What if women were expected to bow to men and take it when they're beaten for putting too much salt in the stew?  What if all the rights that women have, that were fought so hard and sacrificed for, were gone?  
What if being a gynecologist was outlawed?  
This has such a dark feel to it that you can't help but have a blast with it.  At the same time, you'll find yourself outraged and pulling for 'the bad girls'.  Sit back, drink something warm, and let Wilson pull you into his world for a little bit.  Just enjoy the ride until you've finished, then let your brain do the thinking for you.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Shawn

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