THE FURIES by Suzy McKee Charnas

THE FURIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 This third novel in Charnas's acclaimed feminist science fiction series comes many years after the second (Motherlines, 1978), but it's well worth the wait. In a world nearly destroyed by ecological catastrophe, the women (``fems'') of the Holdfast are abject slaves kept only for labor and breeding. Alldera, who escaped to the matriarchal Riding Women of the Grasslands, leads a band of other refugee fems back to take the Holdfast from its male masters. Internecine strife has meanwhile done most of their work- -very few men remain in a few ghost towns--but the Free Fems soon find their worst enemy is dissension among themselves. Charnas's clear thinking and exposition avoid most of the pitfalls that a nakedly political and allegorical book like this risks; her fems are complex, varied, and flawed human beings, and her depiction of the gender wars is perceptive and intelligent. A moving, thoughtful feminist novel set in a gritty and believable dystopian future.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-312-85717-9
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Tor
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1994




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