Book Club Reflections
This dystopian novel by Kim Liggett was an easy read despite some of the heavy issues explored in its pages. The story is set in a dystopian world that, as stated on the author’s website, “examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.”
Difficult decisions, indeed. This is not your typical coming-of-age story unless we compare it to Lord of the Flies or The Hunger Games. And truly, there are some parallels to these classic stories. (Hmm. maybe it’s a bit too early to consider The Hunger Games as classic…🤔).
There is something compelling about reading a story where the author has put its characters, especially young characters, in situations where they have to make impossible choices.
“It’s not the rebellion of my dreams, it’s not a show of strength like the girl possessed, but maybe it’s the start of something… something bigger than ourselves.”
"The things we do to girls. Whether we put them on pedestals only to tear them down, or use them for parts and holes, we're all complicit in this. ... I have come out of all this destruction."
"My father always told me that it's the small decisions you make when no one is watching that make you who you are. Who do you we want to be?"