Outlawed by Anna North
What’s it about?
This slim novel takes us back to 1894 and a different Wild West. The flu has killed a large percentage of the population and a woman's worth is tied up in having babies. Ada is seventeen when she marries, and excited to become a wife and a mother. When she doesn't become pregnant right away she begins to fear she will be branded a witch, and sent to prison or killed. Her mother sends her away before that can happen. She joins up with the infamous Hole in the Wall Gang and an interesting story begins.
What did it make me think about?
This was just a fun gender-bending adventure story.
Should I read it?
I highly recommend this one. It has been said that it is A Handmaid's Tale meets Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and I can't think of a better way to describe this book. This book is for anyone who likes a quick adventure story- with a twist.
"I tried to picture what it would be like to leave home because you wanted to- to be able to simply choose a different life. It was beyond my imagining."
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The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!