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The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

charlotte_trimmer's review against another edition

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dark reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.75

extraterrestrialcrisis's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional hopeful sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5


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zee_83's review against another edition

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challenging informative sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

Was an interesting read. Bit of a scary perspective of what could happen should a pandemic wipe out most humans. Especially given we have lived through a pandemic.

illusie's review against another edition

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1.0

I picked up this book because of the beautiful cover and because the story sounded interesting. It's horrible to imagine a flu can be so deadly. I tried to get into this book, but after reading several chapters I decided not to finish it. I felt no connection with any of the characters. I also didn't like the added diary chapters of the unnamed midwife. The font made it hard to read those parts on my ereader and I didn't like the way those were written.

ktaroo939's review against another edition

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5.0

Fantastic book!

Ohh I loved this book! I read it in one day and couldn't put it down. So much like the handmaids tale but with a lead character who is a bit stronger and the tone is one of perseverance, not resignation. Loved it!

bristlecone's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

Although this reads largely like a standard in the post apocalypse genre, it is much more than a standard. For one, it is one of the few books in the genre that treats women like real people who are forced to operate under a different set of rules and who make decisions that they hope will help them survive given those rules.

It also accurately illustrated what most women already know, that a large percentage of men that we interact with don't see us as fully humans, that if societal norms broke down, a large number of the men that we work with and interact with would happily devolve into treating us like objects. Even some of the "good guys" in this who protect women display a feeling of ownership or the basic idea that women must be protected in order to have children and rebuild the human race, not because the woman is valuable just as a complete human being.  I saw a comment that said "apparently the only men who survive are rapists and murderers" but that isn't the case. Decent men survive, it's just they are such a rarity in the "before world" that they are even more rare in the "after world".

bookish_emily's review against another edition

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4.0

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife is a bleak portrayal of just how quickly the world as we know it could crumble around us. Set in the modern U.S. after a terrible virus has wiped out more than 98% of the population, especially women and children, the story is told through a combination of journal entries and narrative. The focus is on an obstetrics and gynecology nurse, aka the titular "Unnamed Midwife," who took care to chronicle her life following the plague. This haunting novel delves into the realities of human nature when basic survival is the prime objective. A great read for fans of Station Eleven and other postapocalyptic novels.

emmajanereads's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

disarmingman's review against another edition

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challenging tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot

5.0


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caseytiger's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark tense medium-paced

5.0