Walk to the End of the World

Suzy McKee Charnas
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Walk to the End of the World


This is the first dystopian novel I've read in a long time where men dominate women. And it's the first one I've read from the point of view of the men. It takes place many years after nuclear war and women are treated as property, slaves, and even as pets. It's disturbing as hell. Unfortunately, the message was lost in the writing style of the book; it was non-stop exposition. I continually lost the plot because either a character or the third person omniscient narrator always seemed to go back in time to explain some aspect of a character's life or some point in the history of how the world got to this point. Nonetheless, this book plus its sequels, together known as "The Holdfast Chronicles", is in the Gaylactic Spectrum Hall of Fame. This book plus its first sequel, together known as "The Slave and the Free", won an Otherwise Award (formerly known as the Tiptree Award) retrospective honor.

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