This was an especially poignant read in light of our current state of affairs, where women's innate bodily rights are being toyed with and rape culture is a term we hear on the daily.
It captivated and terrified me from the first page, and was so well written--I highly recommend this dystopian scare. "We've given them more than we've taken away, said the Commander. Think of the trouble they had before. Don't you remember the singles' bars, the indignity of high school blind dates? The meat market. Don't you remember the terrible gap between the ones who could get a man easily and the ones who couldn't? Some of them were desperate, they starved themselves thin or pumped their breasts full of silicone, had their noses cut off. Think of the human misery... No wonder they were giving up on the whole business. This way they're protected, they can fulfill their biological destinies in peace. With full support and encouragement. Now, tell me. You're an intelligent person, I'd like to hear what you think. What did we overlook?
Love, I said.
Love? Said the Commander. What kind of love?
Falling in love, I said.
The Commander looked at me with his candid boy's eyes. Oh yes, he said. I've read the magazines, that's what they were pushing, wasn't it? But look at the stats, my dear. Was it really worth it, falling in love?" @oursharedshelf @emmawatson #feministbookclub #feministread #bookofthemonth