Published by Little Brown on 14 Oct 2014
Genres: magical realism, ya
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Any book that has to do with and awkward, slightly anti-social teenage girl that lives in country is my bag. Mostly because I was (am?!) that girl. I did not, however, drink a desiccated bat mixed with beer. Beer (bat free, that is) is also my bag.
Enough about me, right?!
This is the first young adult novel that I have read with strong feminist themes. I am not sure if that is because there are not many or I am just reading the wrong YA. Either way, I like it.
When Ellie and Glory drink the bat/beer combo they piece together a future where the country is at war because a section of the country decided that women should not be able to work. They made it illegal and escorted the ladies from their desks. Glory puts the all the bits together and weaves together the history of the future.
Is this real or some type of strange dream? And if it is real, what are you suppose to do to stop it from happening? How do you deal with these horrible visions of the future when you are still dealing with the past, one were you mom kills herself and leaves you and your dad listless and unable to move forward with your life?
These are heavy questions. And it makes this a great story.
The story is smart, sharp, and sometimes funny with dark edges. It makes you think and it is weird. Very weird. In a fun way.
Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities — but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way… until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.
A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.