A review by bookish_emily
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison


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.