Monday, July 29, 2013
Swans and Klons by Nora Olsen
Set in a future dystopian society where men have degraded into a useless non-intelligent state, women run the Society that sixteen year old Rubric lives in and there are no males at all except for the ones who live outside of the wall in the Land of the Barbarous Ones. Women are either human or Klons, who have been "genetically modified" to be stronger and more hard working so that they can be slaves. When Salmon Jo, Rubric's schatzie, which is a German word that means sweetheart - the book uses German words periodically as well as some made up words - finds out that Klons are humans just like they are and that in reality there have not been any genetic modifications, the two girls set out to free the Klons in an adventure that has it's downfalls, but tends to conveniently work out fine for Rubric.
I found the setting to be underdeveloped. If the women have the scientific technology for producing babies entirely outside of a human body, then surely they should have the technology for communicating with the rest of the world. In fact, they most likely would need to since they probably could not have all the raw materials necessary for that kind of technology all in that one small area.
I was also sad that an all female society would have slavery. I had hoped that it would be more utopian than that.
I did not really like the characters either. Rubric seemed very selfish and self-centered and none of the other characters were very well developed.
I got this book free to review from Netgalley.