Time: 5 hrs. and 27 mins.
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Release Date: June 22, 2010 (audiobook: July 13, 2010)
Publisher: Listen Library
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian/Science Fiction
Synopsis from Goodreads
Sometime in the future, a lonely, windswept island is populated solely by women. Among these women is a group of teenaged Trackers—expert equestrians and archers—whose job is to protect their shores from the enemy. The enemy, they’ve been told, is men. When these girls come upon a partially buried home from the distant past, they are fascinated by the strange objects—high-heeled shoes, teen magazines, make-up—found there. What are they to make of these mysterious things? And what does it mean for their strict society where friendship is forbidden and rules must be obeyed—at all costs?
Nomansland is a book set in post-apocalyptic world where men are the enemy. They have been diseased and many have died out. On an island known as Foundland, there are only women who run the island. They protect their island from the men. The trackers, teenage girls who protect the shores of the island, end up in a hidden house that is full of things they were told are forbidden. They must pretend as though they don’t know there is more out there and must continue to hide their emotions before they are all punished.
Another perfect example of a deceitful book cover. When I first saw this book, I immediately thought it was some modern take on Amazon women or even cooler, Xena Warrior Princess (HELLS YEAH!). But sadly, that was not the case. In fact, I am not entirely sure what the case was. This book was a little contradicting to me and sort of left me unsatisfied.
We have lots of characters, but given their society, they don’t have personalities. Women aren’t supposed to have friendships. They can’t have names that end in an “A” or a “Y”. They are not supposed to show emotions. All these things and more are pitfalls. Women are supposed to be self-sufficient, not worrying with silly things like friendship. Why? I am still not sure. And that is the real story of this book. The one characters, Ling (who started it all), found all those magazines, shoes and clothes; things forbidden in their world. Through this, she is becoming her own person and she is trying to help Keller (the main character) open her eyes and see there is more out there. Keller goes throughout this book questioning everything because she as well as the other girls is left in the dark.
The biggest problem with this book is the plot. It starts off okay and just keeps staying at okay. There is no real climax until close to the end which I can’t spoil. But then it was over so quickly. I didn’t appreciate it at all. I honestly thought it was incomplete. Nothing is really explained, they just are. I understand they are creating a world where no one is allowed to think for themselves, but how did it get that bad? You don’t really know how or why things got to where they are. You don’t know why they are fighting the men so much. As a matter of fact, I don’t understand how the girls don’t catch on at all. They get impregnated when the population is going low. Ummm, hello? That means they might be freezing sperm (don’t know how since there doesn’t seem to be electricity) or there are men around somewhere. But I guess I can’t complain too much because most of the girls seem brainwashed and can’t really think outside of the box.
Overall, with the setting of this dystopian world, this almost totalitarian society, I expected there to be an uprising of some sort. Some rebelling, some fight, some change. There wasn’t any of that. This book pretty much ends where it started with a couple of exceptions; lies being revealed, death and Keller escaping. What was the point? Where is the fight, the conflict? It just fell short for me. As much as I enjoyed the worldbuilding, not much was done in this world. I pray Hauge makes a sequel to this because there is so much more to explain. We have an interesting world, now we need more story and character.