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

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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 pe...more
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Published September 23rd 2012 by Smashwords
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Okay, I've been wrestling with how to write this review for a while now. I'm still not sure what's important here.

This is the quandary:

On one hand, take this as a dystopian novel about the near-mid-range future and it's okay. It's a bit dark and gritty, but, hey, that's Dystopia right? I kind of liked the almost terrorist like, cloak and dagger, resistance fighting action here. Sure there was foul language, and, some really evil nasty torture, as well as redneck men on the rampage doing dastar...more
Mar 01, 2013 S.J. rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Say in the near future men’s rights get a real foothold in the U.S. political arena and women’s reproductive rights take a plunge. Not a controlled dive, but a hit-the-bottom-of-the-quarry, backbreaking dive. Would a lot of women fight back? With lethal force? In Nicholas Wilson’s “Whores” we are treated to a dystopian near-future U.S. in which they do. As the gender war progresses, the reader gradually hears the chilling personal tales of the fanaticized women in one particularly active cell.

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Jan 31, 2013 Kerry rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I learned of this novel from one of the Goodreads' discussion threads. After reading several reviews, I was intrigued. Previous reviewers described a "gritty novel" that addressed political tension between the sexes gone seriously awry.

I initially struggled with the author's presentation of women's rights. The plot felt like propaganda from an extreme political spectrum. After having an email conversation with the...more
Kevis Hendrickson
Whores by Nicolas Wilson is a gritty exploration of a not too distant future where the Battle of the Sexes has gone totally wrong. Wilson paints a bleak future where women have lost their rights and are treated by society as second-class citizens. A series of interconnected events are related, revealing the harrowing plight of a small, but determined group of women and men who fight to overcome the oppression of women and the extreme lengths the government goes to put a stop to them.

Aside from t...more
I've read a few of Nic's in-progress novels on his blog, and was excited to see Whores presented in an easier-to-follow format than reading blog entries.

This is an odd novel. It's fairly short, probably more of a novella than a full novel, and I finished it in a single night. While a lot of the characterizations and dialogue handles tough issues like sexual abuse, torture, and poverty deftly, there's still a gritty pulp feel to it,and many bits of dialogue that could have been written by a pop-c...more
Clair Coult
This is not a novel for the faint hearted. It's a hard hitting and graphically explicit account of a time when women's rights are not so much being eroded as being totally annihilated. Contraception, abortion and even basic women's health care is illegal. Women are treated little better than walking incubators and the gender criminals who dare to fight the law are hunted, tortured and made a public example of to deter any other women from daring to challenge legislation.

The book throws you strai...more
Michael Gallagher
Polemic social realism, not to be confused with socialist realism, situates this gritty account of futuristic separationist-feminists battling an extremist kind of male ‘moral majority’. Combining a narrative style reminiscent of `Dragnet' (the 1960’s TV series) and an in-your-face ‘Hamburger Hill’-style scenario on the frontline of an imaginary, future time when women have been stripped of their rights, ‘Whores...' packs a mean punch. However, a new Margaret Atwood's, ‘The Handmaid's Tale’, it...more
Memorable characters, snappy dialogue and above all, action scenes that rock make it possible to overlook a murky plot and caricature antagonists. On the other hand, this dystopia is message based, a throw-back to issue driven stories like A Canticle For Liebowitz or Planet of The Apes, unlike current novels like Hunger Games where the dystopia is an arena for the action.

Unfortunately, the author's passion for his premise gets out of control. Speeches about the issues involved are well done, a v...more
This is an excellent book that is gripping from the first page all the way through to the end. It's well-written and edited; the storyline flows effortlessly and the author's world building and character development are particularly strong, especially with handling such tough and gritty subject matter. At times it is very moving and this just intensifies your reading relationship with the characters. It's an exciting debut novel and I'm looking forward to more from this talented writer. A highly...more
Christy Stewart
This book scared me like no other work of fiction has. Many reviewers are skeptical as to the likelihood of the premise but nothing presented in it is something that hasn't been in Western socio-political policies at one point, and to those of us who live as the least privileged sect of women these things aren't imaginary, they just aren't ALL completely legal yet. The reason the book scared me so much is because it not only resonated with my fears but reflected my experiences even as I read it....more
How to judge Whores presented me with a quandary. It’s dystopian, which Wikipedia describes, in part, this way:

"Dystopia is defined as a society characterized by a focus on mass poverty, squalor, suffering, or oppression. Most authors of dystopian fiction explore at least one reason why things are that way, often as an analogy for similar issues in the real world.

Dystopias usually extrapolate elements of contemporary society and are read by many as political warnings."

This definition fits Whores...more
L.K. Jay
This was going to be an interesting one, a novel about women's oppression written by a man. 'The Handmaid's Tale' is one of my favourite novels so I wanted to know what this would be like, from a different perspective. Sorry if that sound's sexist, but judging by the subject matter of the novel, then that's kind of the point!

This is set in America (I'm English) and the language follows suit. The country has gone severely backwards in terms of women's rights and feminist terrorist cells are fight...more
Obviously it's a lot less subtle than The Handmaid's Tale. At one point one of the main characters is compared to Robin Hood and that seems an apt comparison. Only if Robin were a girl and all the Merry Men were Merry Women.
Off the wall with a kick of reality. Definitely a different kind of read. Short, but most definitely not sweet!
Laura Greenwood
This is another dystopian novel, though this one I would definately not recommend for younger people! The whole idea of the dystopia is that women have lost the right to abortion, contraceptives and other sexual freedoms, and that there is opression based on that. At the same time in this world there seems to be a stigma towards pregnant women and women who have previously had children, and them being able to work.

At first I thought this was a good basis for a dystopia, and in fact it still does...more
A little over the top, but with the way women's rights are falling, could be the future.
Shocking, thought provoking and absolutely worth it
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Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, four cats and a dog.

Nic has written several short story collections and novels.Nic's work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy.

For information on Nic's books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit n...more
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