Anyway: those who safeguard growth and democracy and welfare, they're not the ones who own my life. And life is capital. A capital that is to be fairly divided among the people in a way that promotes reproduction and growth, welfare and democracy. I am only a steward, taking care of my vital organs.Interesting premise; poor execution. Holmqvist didn't built her world in a believable way. Overall I felt it lacked depth; there wasn't enough for me to be invested in the characters or the premise and much of the novel felt contrived. I also had some issues with the believability of certain events near the end of the book. I'm normally a fan of dystopians, but compared to the works of Atwood and Orwell, Holmqvist didn't measure up.
However, it wasn't a total flop. The book made me think about the way we treat our non-conventional citizens and it explores the power of female friendships and the human will to survive. I'd say the novel is only semi-interesting and while it did provoke me to think outside of the box, these moments were so few and far between that overall it was disappointing. If you're looking to read a dystopian done right, I'd suggest you skip this one and try The Handmaid's Tale or Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.
Publisher: Other , 2006