The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
I got this from NetGalley to make an honest review for the revised edition which came out in October this year.
This is a post-apocalyptic story where mankind has almost been wiped out by a virus. When our main protagonist wakes against all odds after having been sick, she wakes to a world without people, without comfort, and without rules. Those few survivors are fighting over food, weapons and women. The virus was hardest on the women and children, leaving a world filled with gangs of men.
Our main protagonist, a woman, has to fight for her survival and there is no one to trust. She dress up like a man and leaves San Francisco. We get to follow her journey through a dangerous, empty world, where the only important thing is survival.
I loved reading this story. It definitely is one of my top books read this year. The darkness of it, how depressive it was, how well written it was. Diary entries made by our main protagonist mixed with reading her story gave the reader an understanding of her as a character, and you got to see things our main character did not.
I can’t help but think about Metro 2033 after reading this. It is also a post-apocalyptic story, but most of humankind died in a nuclear war instead of by a virus. I strongly believe one of these scenarios will be how we disappear from this planet.
This book was amazing, but a WARNING, it contains rape, killing and abuse. If you are sensitive to those subjects, beware.
“When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.
In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population—killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant—the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power—and the strong who possess it.
A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.
After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide.”