by Lesley Hauge Published by Henry Holt and Co.
on June 22nd 2010 Pages:
Sometime in the future, a lonely, windswept island is populated solely by women. Among these women is a group of teenaged Trackers—expert equestrians and archers—whose job is to protect their shores from the enemy. The enemy, they’ve been told, is men. When these girls come upon a partially buried home from the distant past, they are fascinated by the strange objects—high-heeled shoes, teen magazines, make-up—found there. What are they to make of these mysterious things? And what does it mean for their strict society where friendship is forbidden and rules must be obeyed—at all costs?
Short & Sweet: From the summary, Nomansland appears to be an apocalyptic wonderland featuring a women's only society. Men are the enemy? Young girls not allowed friendships? Rules meant to be followed with no questions asked? To me, that sounds like a rebellion just waiting to happen. And it is what happens… sort of. Nomansland moves along at a snail's pace. Hauge builds and explores the world. Setting up her tale almost like a dystopian fairytale. It is that different. And I really appreicated that. Little to no romance is even meantioned. Every aspect centers around Keller's world and the discovery of the world outside of the compound.
Final Verdict: Nomansland was not what I was expecting. It is different from the normal dystopian fare, yet maintaining its roots. There are plenty of unanswered questions and story lines left unresolved, so a sequel is definitely needed.