Deliver Me

By Kate Jarvik Birch
Published on April 15, 2014
Published by Bloomsbury Spark
Source: Netgalley
One People. One Union. One Future.

Wynne’s entire life is dictated by the Union: the clothes she wears, the books she reads, even the genes she inherited. And like every other girl in the Union, Wynne dreams of being chosen as a Carrier on her 16th birthday—one of the elite selected to carry the future generation within her womb. Wynne and her best friend Odessa are certain they will both make the cut, but when Odessa is chosen and whisked off to a life of privilege, Wynne is left behind to work as an assistant, delivering perfectly planned babies for the Union.

As Odessa slips deeper and deeper into the role of Carrier, Wynne begins to see the Union for what it really is: a society that criminalizes the notion of love, and forbids words like mother and family.

For the first time in her life, Wynne is faced with a choice: submit to the will of the Union, or find a way to escape and save Odessa before she is lost forever.

So I was reading this book and thought to myself, boy, this just FEELS familiar.  I figured it was because I have been reading so many dystopian books.  Nope, this book is written by the same author who wrote Perfected (which I reviewed at the beginning of July).  It is funny- I know this is written by the same author because I had the exact same issues with this book as I did with Perfected.

Now before I go saying about what I liked and didn't like- I want to make it clear, I did NOT know this was the same author.  I honestly don't tend to even look at authors until I start writing reviews.  It was a surprise to me but made complete sense.  There was a total and complete lack of world building in this book.  How did it get this way?  Why are women treated so badly?

The same things I disliked about this book are almost identical to Perfected- the women are treated as if they are stupid and sub-servient.  The men rule the world in this book (and Perfected) and the women come across as slightly dumb and naive.   Women are used for their purpose (to please men).  I have to say- throw in a bit of rape and you have the plot line for both books.

When I was reading this book, I found the idea of women being raised for the sole purpose of having babies (but more nefarious things too as the story goes on) to be interesting.  I am not sure if this is the author's style, but I am leaning towards not reading her books anymore if this is the style she is going to write in.  It is uncomfortable to read and is odd that the two books are so similiar.  I liked the main character, well most of the characters in this book (though it had a very well defined villan as it did in Perfected).

I don't think I will be reading anymore books by this author- they weren't horrible, I did enjoy reading them.  I just don't like reading the same book with a few details changed.

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