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Publisher's Summary

In the gripping sequel to the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, one woman undertakes a desperate journey to rescue the future.
Etta comes from Nowhere, a village of survivors of the great plague that wiped away the world that was. In the world that is, women are scarce and childbearing is dangerous...yet desperately necessary for humankind's future. Mothers and midwives are sacred, but Etta has a different calling. As a scavenger. Loyal to the village but living on her own terms, Etta roams the desolate territory beyond: salvaging useful relics of the ruined past and braving the threat of brutal slave traders, who are seeking women and girls to sell and subjugate.
When slavers seize those she loves, Etta vows to release and avenge them. But her mission will lead her to the stronghold of the Lion - a tyrant who dominates the innocent with terror and violence. There, with no allies and few weapons besides her wits and will, she will risk both body and spirit not only to save lives but also to liberate a new world's destiny.
©2017 Meg Elison (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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2 out of 5 stars
By Leanne on 03-08-17

This is not The Book of The Unnamed Midwife

I was eager for this book to arrive after I pre-ordered it because of how impressed I was by "The Book of the Unnamed Midwife." Unfortunately, this book didn't live up to its prequel. Etta/Eddie is not very well developed; Elision's shot at a character grappling with their gender identity is neither believable nor compelling. The book reads like fan fiction of the original novel.

The narration isn't much better. Ojo struggles with even the most basic of accents.

I wouldn't recommend this title to anyone seeking to replicate their experience with the first book of the series.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Getshotzi on 06-22-17

I'm so let down

The Unnamed Midwife was really interesting and unique. It provided an amazing potential for a sequel, but this did not measure up. The main character is androgynous and dresses as a man for survival purposes when he leaves his village which the protagonist did in the first book since there are few women left on earth. I couldn't get enough of the first book and highly recommend it, but this one took forever to finish and unfortunately felt like an item on my to-do list. To simplify, the first book was "WOW!" and this book was just "MEH..." Read the first and skip this one. Trust me.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Oak on 07-09-18

Excellent story

Hi I love your books, the story was gripping and heart felted, thanks for such a excellent journey into the possible future but tell me there is another book to complete the story. Thanking you again.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-06-18

Shame. Loved the first book

A combination of over the top dramatic performance and a story that didn’t really go anywhere was a disappointment for me. I really loved the first book and was hoping for expansion of the universe, but I thought this one got stuck in very personal themes I could not connect to.

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