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The Carhullan Army: a near-future struggle that feels all too close

Well wonder no more! Those book acquiring sprees were crazy. I still look forward to reading her fourth book, however. And this is where we meet our heroine, codenamed Sister, crammed into a terrace flat with another family and stuck in a loveless marriage. Third, I found the government and political backstory very unconvincing. Hall’s acidic poetry follows through in The Carhullan Army ‘.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. In addition, losing cadhullan entire narrative of what happens between Chloe and Martyn’s murder and Sister’s capture following the deaths of all of the others was very annoying.

But then in the author interview she was talking about “strong, capable women. Because while it was absolutely clear that the feminist utopia of Carhullan was necessary in this world, the book positions its readers to decide whether or not the violent tactics they eventually embrace are necessary and right, or whether they’re uselessly destructive and wrong. It is a traditional way of storytelling and it works wonderfully. Contraception is compulsory; reproduction regulated by lottery.


Cahrullan, how bad does a situation have to be before a woman will strike out, not in defence, but because something is, as you say, worth fighting for?


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I really liked Hall’s style and the way she patterns her concerns and concepts into the narrative fabric and hope she dabbles in borderline SF territory again. Everything is reported in the first person.

So was this some kind of quasi-religious military take-over? This is one of those books that I found grew in interest as I discussed it with other people. It was more interesting to learn about how she fit into the self-sufficient farm than about the Authority’s strict regime.

A girl who will become known only as In her stunning novel, Hall imagines a new dystopia set in the not-too-distant future. Finally, there’s the ending – sudden, brief and inevitable.

What was the point of Megan shooting already-dead Benna in the head, unless it was to show that teenage girls can be brutal too? Mar 05, Kristina rated it did not like it Shelves: It was at this point the story simply disappeared amidst bizarre torturous rituals caruhllan was locked in a cramped dog-box for a few days before anyone even talked to hergratuitous sex, and vulgar behaviour. Celebration of the strength and arjy of the feminine body and mind abounds. There was more grace in her than I could have managed, and without hers I would have found none.

The Carhullan Army is set at an indeterminate date in the near future, when ecological disaster, economic collapse, lethal epidemics and disastrous military operations in China and South America have resulted in the srmy breakdown of British society.

I seem to be trapped in a pattern of bad books. The Authority is not defined.


Everything is earthy, nothing idealised. The Authority will know this because Jackie and the farm are already known to them. But then – there were for me two really big drawback. What do you think about it?

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I can’t really disagree with the government’s decision, although the program as portrayed could have been carried out with more sensitivity. This was strictly a women-only affair. She joins the elite commando unit in its ever more violent and masochistic struggle to enter the “fresh red field” in whose “rich soil were growing all the flowers of war that history had never let us gather”.

What is worth dying for? There were no long monologues and philosophical passages unrelated to the story with the plot getting the short shrift. I did think that the particular climate issues driving the dystopia were super British – changing temperatures in mountainous areas was an issue back when I was in Scotland, over 15 years ago, with real issues for the Scottish skiing resorts as there were milder and milder winters.

World building – something I find essential in dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction – is minimal; the ending is abrupt and reads like a cop out. As a whole the novel doesn’t say anything that hasn’t been said before and better by other authors, and just isn’t a particularly interesting and valuable addition to the genre.