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3.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,043 ratings  ·  199 reviews
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
Lesley Hauge
May 29, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Recently a reviewer on this site in response to my novel, Nomansland, and I think in some exasperation, put a question directly to me: "Lesley Hauge, what is your point?"

I felt I had to try to answer her question.

On the whole novelists do not have "points" as such because a novel is a capacious, complex art form full of ambiguity. "Points" are perhaps better made in lectures or essays or some other form. But of course novelists do have something to say. Well, this is what I wanted to say:

The w
Jan 22, 2011 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
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was a good idea but it was poorly executed, the plot needed more background infotmation and the characthers needed to be more hashed out . The ending was not what I expected, I think the audience needed more information about what had happpened to the rest of society and what else was going around in the world. Nice try but poorly executed dystopian narrative.
Jul 17, 2010 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
May 06, 2020 added it
I'm not going to star-rate this because I really didn't get very far. I read about 70-some pages.
I'm giving up because I find all the descriptions of things I recognize but the characters don't and therefore can't name to be REALLY annoying. Bicycles, goggles, beauty magazines, fake nails, so much other stuff, all need to be described in detail because their names are unknown.

Spoilers to follow:

I opened the book at a random page when I got super bored and tried reading from there. One of the gir
Mar 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
That was so bad! I laughed the whole time I was reading it because it was so ridiculous!
The writing style is very immature and sloppy. Very simplistic. And it's more of telling us what's happening instead of showing. It was something like this "I go here and I see this and then i turn and do that." For the first 70 pages (!) All they talk about is menstruation. I can't I laughed so hard. When we did get some "action" (action is a very strong word for what was going on, which is basically nothing
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Jan 07, 2010 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
Hafsah Faizal
Sep 11, 2010 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
Mary Ann
Jul 21, 2010 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
May 30, 2011 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
Jun 01, 2010 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.
Jun 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
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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
Jun 05, 2010 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

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)
Christian Goetz
Nov 20, 2012 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:)
May 22, 2010 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.

Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Mar 28, 2010 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.
Jul 12, 2011 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!
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A great premise, but poorly executed.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Keller is a Novice Tracker. She lives in FoundLand, a country of all women. The world has changed and while a few items of the Old People still exist, most of them are gone. Keller and her Patrol are told they must be cleansed to avoid the catastrophe which caused the Old Peoples' lives destroyed. Then Laing finds a hidden cave of Forbidden items and Keller can't stay away. The more she tries, the more often she risks getting caught. She also learns their situation isn't as horrible as she was l ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have to agree with several of the other reviews on this one. The idea is interesting, but there isn't much of a story. It is almost like the author had this great idea for a community, but then didn't know what to do with it once she created it. I often think of other books while reading, sometimes it is because of similarities with characters or ideas, but it is often just one other book. With this book I kept thinking of many different stories, a society similar in ways to The Giver, found o ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just...have all the questions in the world. What?

This ended so abruptly that I'm wondering if it's supposed to be a series, although there's been no inclination of that.

This book is meant to be YA dystopian but read a bit more like middle grade, yet hinted at mature themes. I'm just very confused.

How long have the Foundlanders been in establishment? Who created all of these strict rules? What, EXACTLY, caused the dystopia? Why is everybody offshore a mutant? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

Also...there is
Rosi Isaac
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was good. Did not expect the ending to happen, but most of all I was just confused. It started off really good and strong and then kind of fell and nothing really happened in the middle and it picked up again in the last 2 chapters. This book could have had the first 3 or 4 chapters and the last 3 chapters and it still would have made sense, but the author seemed to want to stretch this idea as long as possible. I admit I picked this book up entirely on the cover and I thought it was going to ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
How ironic that so many women here hate this book! It's a reflexive look at our own twisted views of limited and unlimited power, formed and taken away by others, somewhat similar to and simultaneously the antithesis of leaning in, if written for fiction in a post-apocalyptic world. BTW: I listened to this one and enjoyed the reader Justine Erye. I also enjoyed the more mature language used here than that typically found in YA.
Phy Wildwolf
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awesome book makes you think.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, young-adult, dnf
Boring, boring, boring. Did not finish.
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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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