Book Review: The Book of Etta (The Road to Nowhere 2) by Meg Elison

How did I get the book?

I got this book because I needed a good and safe read while traveling to Bogota for a personal trip. I was doing the flight alone so I needed a good book I knew I could immerse myself in.

The book has a staggering 4.4-star rating out of 5 with over more than 835 reviews, which is truly impressive. I bought the book in Ebook format,

Information about the author

This is Meg Elison’s second fiction novel following her first book “The Book of the Unnamed Midwife”.   She has written three additional books, all science fiction with great reviews and several nominations. 

What is the book about?

As taken from Amazon and Goodreads the premise of the book is:

“Etta comes from Nowhere, a village of survivors of the great plague that wiped away the world that was. In the world that is, women are scarce and childbearing is dangerous…yet desperately necessary for humankind’s future. Mothers and midwives are sacred, but Etta has a different calling. As a scavenger. Loyal to the village but living on her own terms, Etta roams the desolate territory beyond: salvaging useful relics of the ruined past and braving the threat of brutal slave traders, who are seeking women and girls to sell and subjugate.

When slavers seize those she loves, Etta vows to release and avenge them. But her mission will lead her to the stronghold of the Lion—a tyrant who dominates the innocent with terror and violence. There, with no allies and few weapons besides her wits and will, she will risk both body and spirit not only to save lives but also to liberate a new world’s destiny”

My Personal Opinion:

I enjoyed reading this book a lot. In my opinion, the book is a solid 4.5 out of 5.

I liked the way the story is narrated from two different angles; one is through Etta who is trying to figure out her role in her small village 100 years after the world is trying to rebuild itself after a virus killed almost all women. The other version is narrated by Eddie who is the male personification of Etta and is with who Etta identifies strongly. In a world in which being a woman is both a curse and a blessing, identifying herself as Eddie provides her with freedom, strength, and peace.

The Book of Etta is passionate, powerful, sad, encouraging, and strong.

There is a lot in it (just like in her first novel “The Book of the Unnamed Wife”) so be ready for the ride where danger is waiting and courage to venture out into the new world is necessary.

The Highlights of the Book:

In my opinion, the highlight of the book is the main character, Etta. It’s been a few weeks since I finished the book but I keep thinking about her and her struggle to choose between being Etta or Eddie, and how difficult is to conform to a role within society when society in itself does not have those roles defined.

The Negatives:

I do not have a big negative about this book, it was a good read from beginning to end.

Information as found on Amazon:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ 47North
  • Publication date: February 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 316 pages
  • Genre: Fiction / Dystopian Fiction

What are you reading right now? What book would you recommend to me? Would you like a personal review of a book? Let me know! I am always looking for recommendations and suggestions to add to my reading list.

Enjoy reading!!!

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