Book Review Of “Before She Sleeps” By Bina Shah @HarperCollins #Delphinium
In modern, beautiful Green City, the capital of South West Asia, gender selection, war and disease have brought the ratio of men to women to alarmingly low levels. The government uses terror and technology to control its people, and women must take multiple husbands to have children as quickly as possible.
Yet there are women who resist, women who live in an underground collective and refuse to be part of the system. Secretly protected by the highest echelons of power, they emerge only at night, to provide to the rich and elite of Green City a type of commodity that nobody can buy: intimacy without sex. As it turns out, not even the most influential men can shield them from discovery and the dangers of ruthless punishment.
This dystopian novel from one of Pakistan’s most talented writers is a modern-day parable, The Handmaid’s Tale about women’s lives in repressive Muslim countries everywhere. It takes the patriarchal practices of female seclusion and veiling, gender selection, and control over women’s bodies, amplifies and distorts them in a truly terrifying way to imagine a world of post-religious authoritarianism (Goodreads)
Thank you Meryl Moss Media for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All my opinions are my own.
Alright, so For fans of The Handmaids Tale, pick this one up. Can you imagine living in a world where women take on multiple husbands are basically just a breeding machine? Can you imagine being the man who has to share your wife with other men, and then take turns getting her pregnant? That’s the world that Bina Shah has created. This is a book told from multiple perspectives, and different viewpoints. It’s a compelling book, that makes you think that this life, might not be to far off. I see so many scary similarities between this book, and our current world. It definitely raises some questions.
I really enjoyed the writing style, and I think the book was a perfect length, not too short, not too long. It was a rather quick read for me as well. I think I am really starting to like the feminine dystopian’s, and I appreciate that more of them are becoming available. I also really enjoyed the characters in this book, there was an emotional depth to them, they felt real, and genuine, and I enjoyed watching them build their connections. Overall I really enjoyed this book, and if you like dystopian’s, and if you like books with strong feminine themes, than this is going to be a wonderful read for you.