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Nomansland

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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- ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published June 15th 2010)
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Emily May


Warning - I gave away some spoilers while ranting

Well, um, I have no idea why this book was written. And this is just one of those books that definitely requires an explanation, it is quite clearly not for basic entertainment value... there's a message in there somewhere, I'm sure of it, a message that's all about women and men and feminism, the way we live now and the way we could live. I'm just not sure what that is. In fact, "not sure" seems too mild a phrase, to say I haven't got a clue wou
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Milly
Apr 17, 2011 Milly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*Audible Review

I decided to take a chance on this book thinking it'll be like the Walking Chaos trilogy by Patrick Ness, which I loved. Unfortunately, the only similarity was the premise: inability of two genders co-existing in the same town/world. In the case of Nomansland, the island, Foundland, is survived by only women. The man is the enemy, a tainted species. Our protagonist, Keller, is teenager trained to be a tracker, monitoring the borders of Foundland to protect it from the invasion of
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Lesley Hauge
Mar 17, 2012 Lesley Hauge added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I am not, of course, posting a review of my own book but I have decided to write about the aspects of NOMANSLAND that seem to trouble readers. I am extremely grateful to anyone who writes about NOMANSLAND. Recently a reviewer on this site, in exasperation I think (!) put the question directly to me: Lesley Hauge, what is your point?"

I felt I had to try to answer her question:

Thank you for posting your review of NOMANSLAND on goodreads and although I can't answer to all the ways in which the nov
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Lora
Jul 18, 2010 Lora rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult-lit
Disappointing is the best way to describe this book. The end flap made it sound so good with an excellent premise of an island populated only by women who sustain themselves and think of men as the enemy. A few of the girls discover a buried house and with it things of the past (teen magazines, makeup, bicycles, heels) and they start to wonder what is really outside their island.

The story drags along and nothing really happens. There is way too much description that tells the reader nothing and
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Mary Ann
Apr 29, 2011 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian society, Hauge's debut novel delves into the inner turmoil of Keller, a young teen, as she struggles with her own values and identity in an oppressive society. In a population made up entirely of women, Keller›s society defends itself vigorously against invasion by men from the outside world. The girls in the society are taught to avoid the seven Pitfalls—Reflection, Decoration, Coquetry, Triviality, Vivacity, Compliance, and Sensuality—and to reject warmth an ...more
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Mar 31, 2011 Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) rated it it was amazing
When I first picked up Nomansland, I didn’t know what to expect. I only knew that once I saw the gorgeous cover, I had to read the book. This cover really is a siren’s song to me; it has a girl on horseback, shooting an arrow, and she is surrounded by soft textures that contrast with her powerful back and the rigid strength of her arm. It’s stunning.

While I don’t think that I can say that I liked the protagonist, Keller, I can say that I grew to understand her. She keeps herself distant and aloo
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Hafsah Faizal
Sep 22, 2010 Hafsah Faizal rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Nomansland, by Lesley Hauge. It was incredible. It was unlike anything I've read before. No Vampires, Fairies, Magic -- Nomansland is unique. The story takes place in the future, on a wind-swept island called Foundland, where there are no men. In fact, the women in Foundland are taught that men are the enemy. Women run the island, grow the crops, tend the animals, and defend the island from an enemy that never shows up.

As I read this book, I kept waiting for action, maybe
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Kate
May 30, 2011 Kate rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish reading it. It started off well enough for a dystopian novel, but the concept was just poorly executed. Seriously, it's not exactly cliche, but more unbelievable. However, instead of having the barest of redeeming qualities (making me laugh at trite jokes because the story is OK, or laugh at the poor story because the one-liners make me chuckle).

As a book, I rate it at a C-, a grade that I consider to be generous. It didn't even have the courtesy to be bad from the beginning, s
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Clare
Jul 23, 2010 Clare rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Not my style. A bunch of girls live without men. They find a treasure chest of accessories from our time (their past) and it changes them and their values. Pseudo-lesbianism, vicious high-school girl cruelty. Too dark and dreary and preachy for me. Like an apocalyptic Heathers.
Laura
Jun 30, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
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Chelsea
Jun 07, 2010 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
Keller is training to be a Tracker, those who patrol the outer ridges of Foundland for the enemy. In this case, the enemy is Men. Keller lives in a society of only women, hard work, and survival. No one is permitted to have fancy first names, and all must adhere to the Seven Pitfalls (much like the seven deadly sins) if they do not want to be punished. It is a dreary, boring life, but it is all Keller knows. Until one night, when fellow Patrol member Laing takes her to a hidden underground house ...more
Brandy
I'm a sucker for dystopian lit, even though stand-outs are few and far between. At some level, so many of them are the same. As I read through this one, I was mentally ticking off boxes: "vague future setting? check. Strict governmental oversight--check--of an isolated people? check. Inability to travel beyond that town's borders? check again." In an odd bit of synchronicity, the Boston Bibliophile's husband posted a review today of Justin Cronin's The Passage, a review that included his checkli ...more
Cinthia
Jun 13, 2015 Cinthia rated it it was ok
I guess my review didn't save... As I was saying, I didn't care much for this book, there were so many unanswered questions, how can they just get rid of baby boys when they're born because this land was only for women.. I didn't like the fact that Lang died... The only thing I really liked was the ending... Keller being saved by a MAN.
Kitten Kisser
Sep 10, 2014 Kitten Kisser rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent fast paced read. The author does a fantastic job capturing the spirit and personalities of the teenage girls. It seems that no matter how one is raised, teenagers will be teenagers. Getting into trouble, worry about fitting in, wanting to be good, wanting to rebel. The constant war between adult, child and tons of crazy hormones that equals Teen. Never want to do that again!
Without ruining the book, the basic premise is it is the future. It seems that there was a nuclear wa
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Lara
Aug 13, 2015 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I really enjoyed the setting of this book and the atmosphere that the events which led to it left. Admittedly, I was extremely confused for about 80% of this book. Lol. But I think that was the author's purpose. Through the whole book, she has you wondering- what happened, what is happening, why, why, why? It was this intense, frustrating curiosity that drove me to finish the book. If it hadn't been for that, I think I probably would have given up on it. Its very slow paced and the way the chara ...more
Jessa Franco
Oct 02, 2014 Jessa Franco rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointing
Voice Quality: 1 Star
Book Itself: 1 Star


If I had a shelf for "disturbing," this book would be on it. Nomansland had an incredible premise: an island of women surviving after a near apocalypse. After years of forgetting the past, a group of teens discover artifacts from our own era and struggle to understand high heels, makeup, and more.

For anyone that knows me, this book should have been perfect. I love dystopian literature and can frequently be found exploring/photographing abandoned build
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Christian Goetz
Nov 26, 2012 Christian Goetz rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good book. It's about a tribe that are on a island with no men just women. There a person named Amos. She is the best at everything. She has the best aim for crossbow and she is really good at riding horseback. They are always protecting there island by assassinating there enemy that enters there territory. There has been only women on this island for hundreds of years.

I would recommend this book! It is really interesting, a lot of action:)
Ann
Nov 18, 2009 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, science-fiction
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In a future world, Foundland is one pure island populated only by women/girls. They live in institution like dormitories and must adhere to the rigid standards of their order. Keller is training to be a Tracker, one of the women who guards the island. Then one of her Patrol discovers a cache from Before.

The framework for Keller's world is there, but the story feels incomplete. (will review further)
Morgan Dhu
Aug 17, 2014 Morgan Dhu rated it really liked it
Nomansland is inspired by a casual reference to a female-only society in the classic post-apocalypse novel The Chrysalids by John Wyndham: "To the north-east they say there is a great land where the plants aren’t very deviational, and the animals and people don’t look deviational, but the women are very tall and strong. They rule the country entirely, and do all the work. They keep their men in cages until they are about twenty-four years old, and then eat them. They also eat shipwrecked sailors ...more
Josie
May 22, 2010 Josie rated it liked it
A futuristic tale in which a post-apocalyptic group of women live in a communal society, defending against mutant outsider "enemies." There's an added twist of authoritarian governments, too, for some internal strife.

An interesting critique of modern culture, but too many extremes were drawn to illustrate the author's disdain of modern over-consumption and amorality.

Readable.
Readolent
Mar 28, 2010 Readolent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be utterly compelling; intensely suspenseful, not with cheap action but with dialogue that is credible yet subtle in bring thoughtful reflections about meaning of our existence. The setting is amazing, set in future but could be any time, no fancy high-tech stuff.
Jessica
When I read Nommansland by Lesley Hauge, I was filled with amazement on the setup of this post-apocalyptic novel. In a world ravaged by some form of fire, climate is uncertain, and people are not the same anymore. Things of present day are considered precious and the mutated people who are left search for them relentlessly. On an island populated solely by women, all are pure. Feared by the "outsiders" as cannibals, strict rules are kept, all for the preservation of their society. Their purpose ...more
Mj
Oct 26, 2014 Mj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A great premise, but poorly executed.
Amanda
Jul 12, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
This book had an interesting concept, but I thought that there were a lot of details that author didn't explain well enough. I also really hope there's a sequel!
Drift
Feb 16, 2014 Drift rated it it was ok
I was excited to read Nomansland because I really enjoy post-apocalyptic stories. But in the end it left me feeling a little deflated. My favorite parts were the scenes where the characters had to figure out what the items from the time before “our time” were used for. It kind of reminded me of the snarfblatt and the dinglehopper from Disney’s Little Mermaid. Only with more items and more conjecture making it more interesting. The pace of the book was a little slow and the end left me with some ...more
Annalee
Oct 17, 2014 Annalee rated it liked it
Very disappointed is how I would describe my feelings towards this book... The name of the book, the idea! It sounds amazing! But then you read it, and realize the story goes nowhere..

I would rate it one star but, there isn't any love triangles in this book,(unlike ALL
the other young adult books!!!) so I think it deserves 2 more stars for that.

It's written in a way you can understand what's going on, you don't hate the main character. It just seems like nothing really interesting happens..
It j
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Jessica B
Feb 22, 2011 Jessica B rated it liked it
From shutupimreading.blogspot.com

Nomansland had a very interesting concept, but it didn't really grab me until the ending.

Like a lot of dystopias, it really made me think. The plot wasn't necessarily slow, but not quite as fast as I would've liked. I think the issues with the pacing had a lot to do with a lack of conflict.

The characters were average. I think it was really hard to connect with any of them because they were really different, and we don't really have a lot in common with them. Kell
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Jasmyn
Apr 17, 2011 Jasmyn rated it liked it
The year is sometime in the future. The place is Foundland, an island somewhere north. There has been some kind of apocolypse, but either no one knows, or no one is telling, what exactly happened. Foundland is populated by the select few. The females that have not mutated. They are taught to depend on no one but their community. They hunt, farm, and have special trackers to watch and chase off the men that may find their shores.

While I found the story interesting, there was a little too much mys
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Sarah Maddaford
I had a hard time getting into this book. For one thing, the cover is very misleading. If you are expecting something action packed, something with archery and horses as a focus or something that involves actual conflict; you won't really find it in this book despite the cover hinting at those very things. As for the actual book, it wouldn't really have been young adult if it weren't for the repeated mentions of artificial insemination and several statements about the desire for outsiders to hav ...more
Krys

It’s a bit of shame, but I didn’t care for Lesley Hauge’s Nomansland as much as I expected I would. It was ok, but not stellar. Pity.

Keller lives on an island with only women. All things feminine have been denoted as anathema, and practicing one of the seven Pitfalls can earn you punishment. The Pitfalls are Reflection, Decoration, Coquetry, Triviality, Vivacity, Compliance, and Sensuality… and yes I do find it slightly interesting that Compliance is decidedly a feminine attribute. Most interest
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“Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who is the fairest of them all?

I whisper it first then I say it louder: 'It's called a mirror.' I shout over their excited yelping.

I have turned away from its pretty silver surface as quickly as I can. I was my coarse hair, my dark worried eyes, and my wide, unlovely mouth.

Who is the fairest of them all?

Not me.”
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