400 years in the future, men are few and women rule the world.
Except for the area formerly known as Canada and Alaska, which is inhabited by the Men of the Northlands, a group of strong men, who refuse to be ruled by women.
Christina Sanders, an archeologist and professor in history, is fascinated with the past. As a modern woman of year 2437 she knows that women are better off without men, but longing for an adventure, she makes a spontaneous decision and volunteers for a job no one else wants. Now she’s going to lead an archeological excavation in the Northlands, the most secluded place on earth where the mythical males live who are rumored to be as brutal and dangerous as the men Christina has read about in her history books.
What will happen when Christina crosses into the men’s territory? Will they allow her to do her job and is there any way they’ll let her leave again – unharmed?
Short and Sweet: An imaginative, romance and steam filled twist on an overdone post-apocalyptic story line.
This review may be a little all over the place. It’s two AM and I am a week in to a wicked cold that had me almost convinced I was dying, so bear with me.
When I saw one of my Goodreads friends review this book, I was instantly intrigued by the cover. I mean, it may only be me, but what the hell is up with bearded men?
Yep, I’m into it.
And then I read the synopsis and it actually seemed really interesting. I mean, we’ve all read the typical YA post-apocalypse/dystopian novels and they get boring as hell after a while. It tends to be the same recycled story, but this one was actually interesting. I loved the world, as dark and weird as it was.
I loved the characters, Christina was wonderful and so was Alexander. Their banter was amazing. I’ll leave some quotes down at the bottom of the review, but seriously, this book was hilarious. I could do without some of the characters that weren’t so much my favorite, but I guess they added their own thing to the story. I particularly disliked Khan, but I suppose with the next book being his book, maybe he’ll end up having some redeeming qualities.
If I had to say one negative thing about this book, it would be that sometimes the author’s choice of words didn’t seem to fit. She would use some elaborate word instead of something that fit better with the flow of the sentence or the character that was speaking. Literally the only thing negative I can say, and it’s so minor, I’m not actually sure why I’m mentioning it… Blame the cold meds.
All in all, this book was really good. I read it in a day and could barely put it down. I’m anxious to read the second book. Hopefully this can be a series that I can follow through. This book definitely caught my interest.
“Why are you staring at me and holding my hands?” he asked.
It rattled me a bit. “It’s considered a formal greeting.”
“I don’t like it,” he said and pulled his hands back to place them on his hips.
“Just so we’re clear,” she said. “I object to being married.”
“Because it suppresses women,” she said and folded her arms and looked away.
“How the hell did you come to that brain-dead conclusion?” I asked.