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The Book of Flora

(The Road to Nowhere #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,492 ratings  ·  305 reviews
In this Philip K. Dick Award–winning series, one woman’s unknowable destiny depends on a bold new step in human evolution.

In the wake of the apocalypse, Flora has come of age in a highly gendered post-plague society where females have become a precious, coveted, hunted, and endangered commodity. But Flora does not participate in the economy that trades in bodies. An anathe
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by 47North
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Rich Lambe Whilst you could likely pick this book up without reading the others, I wouldn't recommend it. Reading the first two unlocks a whole new dimension to …moreWhilst you could likely pick this book up without reading the others, I wouldn't recommend it. Reading the first two unlocks a whole new dimension to the story.(less)

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May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy-sf
The Book of Flora is the 3rd volume in The Road to Nowhere trilogy, a dystopia set in the aftermath of a disease that wiped out 98% of the human population. As the name suggest, this book centres around Flora, one of the characters I enjoyed in the 2nd instalment. As such, I was excited to start reading about her adventures. Meg Elison's writing is beautiful as ever, however the book soon became a dictionary of sexual challenges and orientations. While I appreciated a moderate amount of diversit ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ok, yeah, no. It almost breaks my heart because it goes against my very nature, but I can't take it anymore.

The writing style hasn't suddenly deteriorated or anything, but I don't care about ANY of the characters here. I don't care about Flora's bad childhood, I don't care about the state of the world all these years after the end which we experienced in book 1, I don't care about the other characters, I don't care about the introduced ideas about sexuality and reproduction, I don't care if ther
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a worthy successor to the previous two that began with The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, but it DOES require some managed expectations.

Such as?

The book is not plotted traditionally. Rather, it reads from the past and present in equal measure and really focuses on the full gamut of gender issues. And I don't mean just men and women but all states of transformation and gender identity.

And it does it in the bleak and dismal post-apocalyptic world that Elison killed us within the first
***Note: I received a copy curtesy of Netgalley and 47North in exchange for an honest review.

The third and final book picks up where "The Book of Etta" leaves off, in the community of Ommun, the underground mormon city. Present and past alternate, the story going back and forth between an older Flora writing in her diary on the island of Bambritch and flashbacks of Flora’s past journeys.

It was nice to reconnect with this series, although I didn’t enjoy this last installment as much as i did the
July 2019:
***Y’all need to stop sleeping on this dystopian gem of a series!***

How could anyone who loves books not fall in love with a series that, throughout all the harshness of a post-apocalyptic world, is itself in love with the reading, writing, and safekeeping of books!

December 2018:
*in which she fangirls*

This was insanely good!

I was already a huge fan of Meg Elison’s first two books in this phenomenal “Road to Nowhere” series and having my request for an early reader’s copy approved made
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
2.5 stars

Meg Elison's sci-fi dystopian trilogy began with The Book of the Unnamed Midwife.  A fever has spread, killing the majority of woman and children and making childbirth deadly.  In the aftermath, the world is a dangerous place to be a woman.  Men roam in packs searching for surviving females, a valuable commodity in post apocalyptic America.  
An unnamed woman travels from California dressing as a man and using different names; she describes her journey in a notebook.  She's searching for
Tudor Vlad
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The reason it gets only four stars is that there is not a lot of plot in this book and past storylines are ignored or not given a satisfactory conclusion. With that said, I still thoroughly enjoyed this third book in a trilogy that has been one of my favorite little gems (seriously, more people should, at the very least, give the first book in this series a chance). Meg Elison is such a good writer.
This instalment of the series seemed less concerned with the story and more focussed on sexuality. Not the act of having sex (although that was there also) but all the variations on gender. This would have been fine as part of the story but Elison seemed to be really shoving it in your face. You would get a bit of story and then pages of how this character was a girl but not a girl, etc. And it was so anti-heterosexual male. This story seemed to want to say that if you weren’t feminine then your ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
„Let’s see what I can grow into, see how long it takes me to reach the light.“

The first three chapters were not an easy read. First Flora‘s pretty horrible childhood and then Ommun and Alma—I am not a fan of her. This book was fighting an uphill battle to make me like it from the start.

Reading this back to back with Book of Etta would probably have work well. I struggled to place everybody, as it was a while since I read Etta and the author made no effort to explain things.

After picking this up
Stacie C
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book-arcs, 2019
And now we have the very last book in the Road to Nowhere series. It has been quite the ride, journey and experience. This review will hold spoilers for the first two books, but I will try my best not to spoil this last book in this review.

It has been over one hundred years since the Dying has taken place. And the army is on its way to Bambritch Island. The refugees have been pouring in. The leader, sometimes described as a man other times described as a woman, has been destroying cities, killi
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first two books in the series more. The Book of Flora fell flat for me. I was expecting more. While the story is engaging and the characters are likeable, I just couldn't find a connection. ...more
Oct 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Well, The Book of Flora was a bit too much for me. It continues the story from Etta and the city of Nowhere, though there are different timelines and all is told from Flora’s perspective. I like Flora, but the countless sex, the bad men vibe, the urge to procreate, the search of identity and finally, the implausible ending took this too far for me. Maybe you’ve seen the Walking Dead ? I stopped watching because another bad guy just replaced another one and so on… I was reminded very strongly of ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Book of Flora is the last of a lovely trilogy following a community and its members over the first 144 years post-pandemic. This pandemic wiped out most of the population, but especially targeted women. Even those women who survived often died in childbirth. In each book, the characters move around the country, allowing us to see how different communities responded to having women – and babies – be rare and often valued (and often mistreated).

With women rare, they often became objects to possess
Renny Barcelos
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars is, unfortunately, the most Goodreads allows me to award this book but in my heart of hearts, it deserves a thousand shiny stars.


This is the final tale in a story that starts in our current time and goes to a future where humanity starts again. In The Book of Flora we finally get to know more about her, a horsewoman, so kind and so used to not being fully wanted nor accepted that she made it her strength. She took what life gave her and turned it into li
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2021 re-read: noticed August 2021 being name dropped in one of the scenes... with everything that is going on around the world at the moment, it is a very earie detail. Really stuck with me on this read-through!
Immediate re-read: Sorry, I couldn't resist it! ( AGAIN!) x
This book is not only a continuation of already great series. it is masterfully written and covers so many very important topics with precision and levels of immersion I didn't even knew could be written into a story - AMAZED!
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Being a completist isn’t really all that great when it comes to books. Mostly it gets you stuck reading books all the way through that you might have abandoned otherwise. And yes, it is the completist in me that requested this book on Netgalley and set off reading it, just to see how it all turns out in Ellison’s womencentric dystopia. Small mercies, this was the last in a trilogy, trilogies are infinitely more manageable than series, although not as great as standalones. Book 1 was pretty good ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read the first two books of The Road to Nowhere series, but I think it’s perfectly fine to read this one on its own. In fact, though there is a carry over of characters and story from the first two books, I think it works really well as a stand alone.

I went into this book with no expectations and was immediately struck by the prose. It’s not flowery at all and is, in fact, easy to read, but there’s a certain cadence to it that I love. It’s the kind of prose that enhances and elevates a
Jun 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
Overal a strong continuation of the second book. I felt the ending was a bit rushed.

Edit due to recent developments in the US: read it! This book (series) explores the need for women to have abortions, even when humanity is on the brink of collapse.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am big fan of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife and I quite enjoyed The Book of Etta, but The Book of Flora was for me just okay. The prose was still good, but the plot not so much. This novel follow Flora and other characters we met in a Book of Etta, but it isn't anymore a story of survival in a new world, but more of finding your place in it and finding your own identity. I agree that those are important themes and I like when they are appreaciated in a novel, but here there was a little too ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-queer-scifi
"We have the complete story of our attempts at civilisation, in all the forms it has taken. Every one with the same goals, every one taking a different route to get there. (...) this is the work that women do. We keep the fire of civilisation burning, by collecting and protecting stories. It's what we have always done."

The Book of Flora is a rallying cry to queers, a fierce and unapologetic chronicle of queer love and life in a post-apocalyptic world. It's about love and about loss and jealousy
Michael Howley
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought the first two books on the Road to Nowhere asked interesting questions about gender and sexuality, but they were just warm-ups for this tour de force.

Having established her characters, Meg unleashes them into her world on a veritable Odyssey. Each stop along the way presents new ideas of what civilization could be. Flora, Eddy, Alice, and their company crisscross the reborn world in search of a place to call home, where they might be judged and valued for their hands and minds rather t
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series so much and if you are a fellow fan about to read this last installment, I recommend you first re-read the other books; that is what I wish I had done because Elison doesn't give much of a detailed reminder about mentions of the past and I'm a forgetful reader!

This book really delved into sexual and gender identities, into evolution, into human nature. So good. Please read.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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Bec (becklebooks)
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 / 5 stars.
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

First of all, I absolutely loved The Unnamed Midwife and I really enjoyed The Book of Etta. However, this one fell a little flat for me.

The book picks up where The Book of Etta leaves off, with the survivors of Nowhere seeking refuge in the underground city of Ommun. Due to a number of clashes between several of the survivors and the prophet in charge of Ommun, Eddy, Alice and Flora decide to set out on their own to find or buil
Bryn Clark
As soon as I received this ARC from Netgalley, (so thank you so much for letting me read this for an honest review, NG, you guys are doing the goddess’ work) I immediately read the first two books for context on Kindle Unlimited and then dove into this one. That was 3 books in four days, I’m wiped.

The first book was breathtaking and I loved it but Etta was too hardened for me and Flora was too ambivalent. I wanted to adore these last two books so much, but they both left me wanting.

The Book of
Nov 27, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sf
The Road to Nowhere trilogy started off with a bang. I genuinely liked The Book of the Unnamed Midwife as a story of one woman surviving in a post-apocalyptic world where women have become so scarce that they are being sold and traded like chattel. The Unnamed Midwife had grit, strength, common sense and a keen instinct for survival. It was so easy to get immersed in her story and root for her.

The second installment, The Book of Etta, had its good moments. However, I wasn't crazy about the stru
Debbie Notkin
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in a trilogy (of which I have not read the other two). It is post-apocalyptic, and the apocalypse was a plague, so be warned. It’s a hard-edged book with a lot of nasty characters and stories; it’s also really well written, with captivating characters and (as I said in my honor list comments for the Otherwise Award) one of the widest scopes for thinking about gender that I have ever seen. I hope to go back to the other two at some point.
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well that was an enjoyable trilogy, I read all three back to back and although the ending of this one was a little odd, a few things didn't add up around Connie, overall it was good and it ended pretty much where I thought it would. ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I put off reading the last 50 pages of this book for two weeks because I was so bored. The third book of The Unnamed Midwife it's not a good read and it lost me early on. Flora was not an engaging character, Eddy was a mere shell of his former shelf reduced to a monotone and Alice was background scenery. I adored the first book, I liked the second book but the third book was a ponderous read. ...more
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Meg Elison is a science fiction author and feminist essayist. Her series, The Road to Nowhere, won the 2014 Philip K. Dick award. She was a James A. Tiptree Award Honoree in 2018. In 2020, she is publishing her first collection, called “Big Girl” with PM Press and her first young adult novel, “Find Layla” with Skyscape. Meg has been published in McSweeney’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fangoria, Un ...more

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