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The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
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Oh post-apocalyptic fiction, how I love thee.

This was an interesting take on the theme, being told from the perspective of a nurse (who went with lots of names, but never her original, hence the "unnamed") as transcribed from her journals by a group of boys in the future.

And that last part was my #1 problem with this book.

It started off as a journal (which by the way was hell to read on Kindle, the handwritten font used was horrendous) and then it morphed into proper narration at times and then back to journal style? As a writing mechanism, it was annoying and made no sense. Especially later in the book, when the narration makes some leaps and bounds and informs us about the fate of key characters - is it still a journal? How did the nurse know what happened to them? When did the narration switch to God-mode?

As a book, it felt disjointed but painted well the bleak picture of a world populated mostly by men, where women are currency.
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Reading Progress

April 6, 2018 – Shelved
April 6, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
April 15, 2018 – Started Reading
April 22, 2018 –
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April 23, 2018 –
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April 25, 2018 –
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April 28, 2018 – Finished Reading

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