BOOK REVIEW | GATHER THE DAUGHTERS, BY JENNIE MELAMED

Title: Gather the Daughters

Author: Jennie Melamed

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: July 25, 2017

Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★☆

Summary: GATHER THE DAUGHTERS tells the story of an end-of-the-world cult founded years ago when ten men colonised an island. It’s a society in which men reign supreme, breeding is controlled, and knowledge of the outside world is kept to a minimum. Girls are wives-in-training: at the first sign of puberty, they must marry and have children. But until that point, every summer, island tradition dictates that the children live wildly: running free, making camps, sleeping on the beach. And it is at the end of one such summer that one of the youngest girls sees something so horrifying that life on the island can never be the same again.

PAPERPLUS | WHITCOULLS | MIGHTYAPE

i had so many high hopes for gather the daughters. i liked the idea of these people living on an island with no idea about the outside world. in the end, it was nothing like these children living “wildly”. it was basically narration of these girls living in a horribly sexist world that didn’t pick up until the very end.

i found gather the daughters interesting at first. i wanted to learn about the world, the people, and the “cult”. in the end it was filled with boring characters, and even more dull world building. and the plot? well, i’m still trying to figure that one out for myself. for more “entertainment” i recommend watching those religious cult community shows ….. at least it’s quicker to get through.

in saying that, yes i did rate gather the daughters 3 stars. it’s probably being a little generous, but the writing style was so nice. if it were written in such a poetic way, i probably would’ve dnf’d it long before finishing. i’m not sure what the sequel is going to feature (if there will be one, i’m assuming there is), but i hope it focuses more on the outside world and possibly even the girls venturing outside. i felt that gather the daughters would focus more on the sexism and face it head on, but it didn’t do anything except reinforce the sexist ideas of the people.

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