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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  65 reviews
A chilling feminist novel set in a near-future dystopia, Anna explores the conflicts between selfhood and expectations, safety and control, and the sacrifices we make for the sake of protection.

Beaten. Branded. Defiant.

Anna is a possession. She is owned by the man named Will, shielded from the world of struggles by his care. He loves her, protects her, and then breaks her.
Hardcover, 300 pages
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Solaris
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This novel focuses on themes of (domestic) abuse, sexual abuse, feminism, and strength. There is no overt romance story. Hope this helps! …more
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Talia Soloman
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
CW: rape, sexual assault, violence, slavery (?)

This is going to be long. I’m sorry. I have so much to write.

First off, I’d heard mixed things about this novel on some reading sites. It was either something readers were loving or they couldn’t connect and didn’t understand why it was written and felt it was boring.

I understand.

As a survivor of abuse myself this book really hit home with me and I researched the author and understand how she writes this subject matter with such pe
Susan's Reviews
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
I'm going to state right now that if you don't like spoilers and frank speaking, don't read any further.

The first half of this novel was a tough, tense read. We knew what was coming. We foolishly hoped Anna would find a way to escape, but the blurb for this novel already intimated that Anna's fate was sealed.

Sammy H.K Smith did a very good job of maintaining a constant state of dread durin
Tixie Dean
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've waited a few days before writing this review as the book stayed with me for the longest time. I think what the author has done here is write something so focused on the main character and her road to recovery that it can appear other parts have been neglected and so initially I was going to rate 3 stars, but let me explain to y'all why I don't think that's the case here.

It's only when I found myself replaying the story in my mind and her comments and actions that I realised this is all abou
Shalini Boland
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow!! Gripping and haunting, Anna is an intense and powerful page-turner. Set against a dystopian backdrop where women are treated as property, the plot deals with abuse, power, identity and feminism. The story dives straight into the action when Anna, who has been surviving on her own for a couple of years, is captured by a stranger.

This book pulls no punches. It’s uncomfortable at times. There is no soft lens for the reader to squint behind. We’re shown the terrifying workings of a psychopa
T.O. Munro
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've just finished this ARC and will write (and link) a full review for the fantasy-hive in due course. ...more
Kris Richards
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this and wow, it didn't disappoint.
I've read Smith's work before, but this is the next level

*TRIGGER WARNING* - this is not an easy read and nor is this a love story. This is a story that deals with abuse, identity, and a craving for normality when everything is falling apart. Our main character is alone and dealing with the fallout of a world war while fighting for survival in a harsh world where laws and society have crumbled. Unfortunately she is captured and becomes the
Mar 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Book Review: Anna
Author: Sammy HK Smith
Publisher: Rebellious/Solaris
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Review Date: March 5, 2021

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the blurb:
“A chilling feminist novel set in a near-future dystopia, Anna explores the conflicts between selfhood and expectations, safety and control, and the sacrifices we make for the sake of protection.

Beaten. Branded. Defiant.

Anna is a possession. She is owned by the man named Will
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling dystopian tale of feminine strength in the face of violence.
We follow Anna's tale so closely that we experience all the emotion and hopelessness with her. It's far too visceral and real in places and as a woman I empathised so powerfully with Anna.

The writing is smooth and the pace pleasing. Part two offers a different shift - we move from the story of abuse to one of healing and yet we see an idyllic town of dreams and supposed utopia is actually as dark and deadly as the world bef
G.R. Matthews
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review on Fantasy-Faction

The Government has fallen, society is broken, and to survive in the land you need to be intelligent, cunning, and tough. Above that though, you need to be watchful.

The towns and cities are walled communities which protect those within and distrust those without. Each maintains a small armed force, and there are those who traverse the wilderness between them; bringing news, trading, and forming a tenuous network.

Anna was watchful. She was careful. It wasn’t enough.

Which i
Meicha Miller
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A strong dystopian novel concentrating on abuse and strength.

There's a sense of disquietude in this novel that I find really unsettling and on reflection it makes me more uncomfortable. This is set in a near future but I feel it could happen right now to someone I know, which makes it harder to read.
We go from starting in the forest, to horrific violence and darkness, to utopia then darkness, to the forest again. I loved that cycle.

Pacing was unusual. Close and steady at the start as her abuser
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John Dodd
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
'Anna is a survivor. After society has broken down, her husband has been conscripted, she's fallen out with her parents, the bombs fell and everything went horribly wrong, she hid out in the wilds for two years, living on her wits and what she could find. Then suddenly she's lost her freedom, caught, shackled and branded by Will who is determined to make her love him. It could be worse. Other captives are used for sex, as a reward to those who help their captors or as an incentive for good behav ...more
Sorcha O'Dowd

Full Review.

Content Warnings: Please read the content warnings before reading this book. It is an emotionally tough book, and deals with triggering subjects in explicit detail. TW: Rape, physical, domestic, emotional and mental abuse.

‘Anna’ is a sucker-punch of a novel that will stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page. It’s taken a few days for me to put my thoughts to paper, as this book really takes you through the ringer. With all the hard-h
Merrit Townsend
Apr 05, 2021 rated it liked it
I received an eARC from Rebellion Publishing/Solaris Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation other than the ebook.

******* TRIGGER WARNING******** There is a lot of violence within this book including rape and abuse. If these aspects bother you, I would seriously consider not reading this book.

This book follows Anna who is trying to live and survive within this war torn world. Women are considered property if they are captured and marked with so
Steven Guscott
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sammy HK Smiths first book, In Search of Gods and Heroes was a delectable treat of multiple plot lines and numerous intriguing characters. Anna’s style is very much the opposite, and is homage to Smith’s diverse writing skills.

Smith keeps the plot very focused and tight, and the character pool small compared to her previous work. Yet, the journey is as rewarding with its in-depth look into a few characters. It’s a story that follows Anna through a savage world where society has broken down, and
Nicky Browne
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A suspenseful read that explores the implications of abuse against the background of a broken and brutalised society. In the Unlands women are enslaved, traded and subject to exactly the kind of exploitation and violence that you might expect. The first person narrator adopts the pseudonym 'Anna' as she is captured and 'broken' by a man who brands and impregnates her and strips her of the sense of self she does not recover until she escapes to a more civilised community.
Violence is never far b
Brittany Sauls
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
CW: sexual and domestic violence

Anna is a near future dystopia about a woman trying to survive alone in a world where society has completely fallen apart and people live in small, often brutal communities. It starts with Anna being taken captive by an unknown man, what she suffers at his hands and mostly centers on her escape and struggle to recover and reclaim her life and identity for herself. It is dark, thrilling, ultimately triumphant and kept me on the edge of my seat reading, and has sat
Emma Nelson
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If there was ever a book that should be made into an edge of your seat, nail gripping thriller movie- its Anna!
I demolished this book in one night - turning the pages into the early morning.

Anna is set in a post-apocalyptic world where women are 'owned' by men. We first meet Anna in the woods, where she is captured by Daniel/Will who claims to love her and will protect her from other men. Anna is not her real name and neither do we know Daniel/Will's real name as he changes it based upon the peo
Amy Burt
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Anna isn’t an easy read, but from the synopsis and even the tag line on the cover: Beaten. Branded. Defiant, that is rather obvious and because of that, you can’t say you enjoyed it, in the sense that the emotional, physical and sexual abuse of both men and women in the book will outrage you. But it is a very good book, well written, compelling, tense and with a brilliant protagonist and worth sticking with.

Anna essentially is broken into 3 acts: when she is caught, when she has escaped, and whe
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Anna is a near post-apocalpytic book, when the government has fallen and each town rules itself, with the unlands in between, where there are no rules. In many of these towns, women have become objects, bartered as currency, treated however their owners wish to treat them. Anna has survived for years in the unlands, but is captured at the beginning of the book.

Part one details her captivity, in all its brutality, by a man who claims to be saving her, protecting her and loving her, all whilst bea
Jo McKenna-Aspell
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a spoiler-free review so at times it will seem vague!

The book is set in the not too distant future, in our world following a global breakdown of society. Many people are nomadic, some live in small travelling groups and there are a few settled communities. As you'd expect, life has changed dramatically and for the worse. Women are owned by men, frequently branded and imprisoned.

Smith creates a three part structure, in which we see the protagonist in different settings and learn differen
Michelle Hunter-Gray
⭐⭐⭐ 3.5 stars
Release date 27th May, 2021

Set in a dystopian near future, this is not a book for the fainthearted. The relentlessly dark part one almost defeated me and I considered DNF'ing it. However, I'm glad I decided to continue. In this world the weak are enslaved and branded by the strong. Anna had survived on the margins by herself, until a stranger captures her and takes her to a town as his property.

Anna does not give in immediately. Fighting back and resisting her captor. He beats her a
Kaffeeklatsch and Books
Apr 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, ebooks, reedsy
I read Anna in two sittings and the readers will get sucked into this dreadful and violent world after our world as we know it has fallen apart.

The world building is a bit too thin for my liking. We get a few mentions of what happened, cyber attacks to take out government institutions, data leaking and countries going to war with each other, but nobody knows who really started it and in the end civil war and anarchy rules the world. The time frame that has been given for big events range between
Paul Cochrun
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In this review I think the most important thing I can tell you is how this dystopian novel differs from the many others that are so popular these days. Here’s a short, but significant list:

Riveting and taut pacing: I had to force myself to take a breath at times (see above). While the action does slow down, something is always going on in Anna’s head. Speculating danger. Plotting her next move to protect herself. It’s a relatively short book, and Smith uses this space so well to build that tensi
Jessica Gilmore
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
Billed as a feminist dystopia this book veered for me between torture porn and dull which is an unsettling mix. The dystopian worldbuilding was sketchy, the characters ciphers and although I could see what the author was trying to do (I think) the plot repelled me.
Anna (not her real name) has been surviving on her own in the aftermath of a global war and crash of society when she is captured by a man who brands, beats, imprisons and rapes her, all under the gaze of his town where women are eith
Apr 12, 2021 rated it liked it
𝙄𝙣 𝙖 𝙙𝙮𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙥𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙, 𝘼𝙣𝙣𝙖 𝙞𝙨 𝙘𝙖𝙥𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙒𝙞𝙡𝙡. 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙙, 𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙣 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙪𝙗𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙘𝙧𝙪𝙚𝙡 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙣 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙚𝙣.

Part one of this book started out STRONG.
Very heavy subjects were dealt with in an unflinching and raw way. I was afraid of what would come with each turn of the page and completely sucked into the story.

Unfortunately the rest of the book wasn't as good.
The first part ends with a pregnant Anna escaping her 'owner'. (Not a spoiler
Apr 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I am very conflicted about how I feel about this book. The beginning was very hard for me to get through due to the graphic and really depressing nature of the story. The middle section of the book was probably my favorite and I really enjoyed all of the characters we met in the town. In fact, the side characters throughout the story were probably my favorite part (from Alan, to Glen, and Ben, etc.). The ending felt a bit sudden and some of Anna's thoughts during this part really frustrated me. ...more
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
An uncomfortable but compelling read. Set in a near future world where things have gone badly wrong and small groups of humanity are left cobbling together lives amongst the destruction of a world war. This is a book very much about survival, about the ends we will go to survive and about how this affects us. It is also a book about female power, how it can be snatched away but how we can get it back. There is an uncomfortable feeling throughout this novel, a genuine sense of menace and on edge- ...more
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