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Main character made me want to hurl my Kindle at the wall
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2017
This book had such an interesting "end of the world as we know it" premise, and the protagonist's Native American heritage gave it what I thought would be an interesting and unique perspective. Instead, the "dystopia" is barely fleshed out, and the Native American cultural aspects feel tacked on and largely unnecessary to the storyline. With its overt religious symbolism the story is perhaps more theological in nature (and specifically Cathlolic) than it is about environmental catastrophe or societal upheaval. Or maybe it's trying to cover all of these themes, but doesn't really execute on any one of them completely. But worst of all, as the story's protagonist, Cedar Songmaker (Mary Potts), is a highly annoying character. She's surrounded by family and loved ones trying to save her and her unborn child, yet she shows little gratitude nor personal agency in saving herself. Instead, she keeps doubting and picking fights with her loved ones, and stupidly puts herself in harm's way, despite the great risk everyone has taken to protect her. One part I did enjoy was when she teamed up with her maternity ward roommate (Tia) to weave a rope to escape their confinement. Although it was Tia's idea, I would have liked to see a lot more of that sort of active problem solving on Cedar's part. Sadly, I think the ending gave Cedar what she ultimately deserved, but after slogging through this book I do not feel it gave me, the reader, what I deserved.