Thursday, April 24, 2014

Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik Birch - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Bloomsbury Spark on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Deliver Me
Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
Publication Date: April 29, 2014

One People. One Union. One Future. 

Wynne’s entire life is dictated by the Union: the clothes she wears, the books she reads, even the genes she inherited. And like every other girl in the Union, Wynne dreams of being chosen as a Carrier on her 16th birthday—one of the elite selected to carry the future generation within her womb. Wynne and her best friend Odessa are certain they will both make the cut, but when Odessa is chosen and whisked off to a life of privilege, Wynne is left behind to work as an assistant, delivering perfectly planned babies for the Union.

As Odessa slips deeper and deeper into the role of Carrier, Wynne begins to see the Union for what it really is: a society that criminalizes the notion of love, and forbids words like mother and family.

For the first time in her life, Wynne is faced with a choice: submit to the will of the Union, or find a way to escape and save Odessa before she is lost forever.

Why?: This book is being promoted as The Handmaid's Tale for a new generation, so of course I had to check it out! The Handmaid's Tale is one of my all-time favorite books, and I've never come across a re-imagining of it. I'm interested in how this will play out, and in how it will be different from the original. 

Expectations: I honestly have no idea what to expect. A modernized version of The Handmaid's Tale? Or maybe not even modernized, because the original took place in the not-so-distant future. I really just don't know. I'm looking forward to being surprised though! 

Judging a book by its cover: I like the colors of this cover, but I'm not terribly impressed by the image. Knowing the original story, I do like that the girl's profile is just a silhouette, but I think it's just a very stereotypical cover for a YA book. I might pick it up based on the colors and the way the title looks, but I'm not sure.


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