Body of Stars
Celeste Morton has eagerly awaited her passage to adulthood. Like every girl, she ...more
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If you fancy some flowery misery porn that offers a vision of the world similar to The Handmaid's Tale, Vox, The Water Cure (ie women are oppressed) you might end up appreciating Body of Stars more than I was able. Purply prose aside I just did not buy into the whole in this future/reality women have freckles all over their bodies that predict their futures (from how many children they will have to their career). Seriously? Definitely not my cup of tea.
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All girls are born with markings upon their body that sets out their future path and their family's. Every girl is born with her own markings to predict the future but once they move into adulthood their markings change and a new set of predications confirm their fate. During their transition into womanhood the 'changeling period' they become irresistible to men, which puts them in danger of abduction and having to s ...more
Essentially, women are born with one set of marks on their body that is mapped out by interpreters, but is also open to interpretation as they grow. This proves that fate can be altered, but only to an extent. There is a time when a girl becomes a woman when she is called a changeling. This is a dangerous time for a woman, as she becomes irresistible to men, and a ...more
In the end, though, this book turned out to just not be for me. It talks about serious topics, which I usually enjoy in dystopian fiction, but it was ...more
"Body of Stars" certainly stands out for its fantasy-bent plot: in another world, quite like ours, girls are born with marks that when interpreted correctly, predict the future. Their marks are much like baby te ...more
“No future, dear reader, can break a woman on its own”
In the world of Laura Maylene Walter’s debut novel, all women and girls have a map of the future on their skin (in the form of freckles and birthmarks) and during puberty when girls get their permanent “markings” (which will predict their true futures- if they’ll marry/have children or even what career they’ll have), ...more
Body of Stars is a dystopian world where girls and women are marked by moles. These moles predict their futures. Women are treated awfully. They may know their futures but they belong to everyone - their families, their communities, the government etc. It's a really interesting concept and perhaps should make us think about how we currently treat women's bodies. If you have moles that say you'll be a house wi ...more
This is an incredible and important book about female agency and objectification. While there are many dystopian/fantasy stories that tackle this topic, this one stands out to me for many reasons.
The tired tropes of the genre fail to emerge. There is no romantic subplot. There is no hard takedown of a corrupt government/system. Consequences are real and felt.
The world building is wonderful and believable and is close ...more
The Women in this area and girl to women life style you are called changelings. You are born with marks that predict your life, career, lifestyle and more. The in between change is where things can happen such as abduction where you will be in ruin. ( Kidnapped, raped, forced assault) even if it isn't your fault they deem it is.
The Government has a Humanitari ...more
In a world where a girl’s future is foretold by the markings on her skin, Celeste feels secure knowing that her fate is mapped out for her. As she approaches her Changeling period - when she will wake up one day with her adult markings in place and becoming briefly irresistible to men, she starts to question the way that girls’ bodies don’t seem to belong to them, and the rules that she is exp ...more
I'm not sure it's an official genre, but apparently this is considered feminist dystopia. Obviously I read the description and thought I would really like this book, much like I liked The Handmaid's Tale and The Power.
This book,, however, felt flat to me. The allegory for rape culture felt flimsy and not well thought out - it felt like it relied on magical realism to make it's point, and not just ...more
Mapping the Stars examines the objectification of women and their power. The novel opens as an intriguing fantasy, becoming much darker as it progresses.
Walter has crafted a beautiful and origina ...more
This is an exploration of fate, of how much we can do to both predict and shape our futures. The book also raises questions about rape culture and culpability.
I really liked the concept (I'm always up for alternate realities) and the questions that are asked. It was left quite open ended, which I know is a lot of people's jam, b ...more
However, when puberty hits, also does the changeling period - when her final marks appear, those that solidify her fate.
This is also a dangerous time for women, as people who seek to take control of their futures abduct changelings, which leaves Celeste hoping it won’t happen ...more