Oggi ospito il book blitz di un romanzo distopico che mi ha colpita subito (e ha colpito anche Please Another Book, la mia ‘reading buddy’ ora in vacanza).
Today I host the book blitz of a dystopian novel that struck me immediately (and has also affected Please Another Book, my ‘reading buddy’ now on vacation).
women are created for the pleasure of men, beauty is the first duty of every
girl. In Louise O’Neill’s world of Only
Every Yours women are no longer born naturally, girls (called
“eves”) are raised in Schools and trained in the arts of pleasing men
until they come of age. Freida and Isabel are best friends.
aged sixteen and in their final year, they expect to be selected as companions–wives
to powerful men. All they have to do is ensure they stay in the top ten
beautiful girls in their year. The alternatives–life as a concubine, or a
chastity (teaching endless generations of girls)–are too horrible to
as the intensity of final year takes hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts.
Isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty–her only asset–in peril.
And then into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose
a bride. Freida must fight for her future–even if it means betraying the only
friend, the only love, she has ever known.
Praise for Only Ever Yours
O’Neill’s story reads like an heir to Margaret Atwood’s The
Handmaid’s Tale and M.T. Anderson’s Feed, and, like those
books, it’s sure to be discussed for years to come.”
O’Neill imagines is frightening because it could come true. She writes with a
female identity, and female competition.”
riveting… Whilst it is dark, uncompromising and utterly daunting to read
as a woman, it is and should be a classic in the making.“
graduating with a BA in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin, she went on
to complete a post-grad in Fashion Buying at DIT. Having spent a year in New
York working for Kate Lanphear, the senior Style Director of ELLE magazine, she
returned home to Ireland to write her first novel.
her days in pyjamas while she writes, and has never been happier.