January came in leading with a gut punch, and followed it up with a wicked left hook.
This is an amazing book, harsh without being for titillation, much like Handmaid’s Tale and Gather the Daughters. It hurts. It gives hope, and takes it away, and gives it again in very cruel ways. If a dark peek into the worst of humanity interests you, I suggest you add After the Fire, and Moonbeam’s story, to your reading list.
This was not a planned visit. I did not have much time to prepare, nor do I know how long I'll be staying. That said, I'm going to make the best of it.
Best friends Kahrin and Innes must answer the question: is this rando creeper a unicorn kidnapper? Or is he just a regular skeezy white guy?
Apart from these conveniences which allow the plot to happen when many a young woman would be roadblocked, UNPREGNANT gives us a very real look at the circumstances of accessibility to reproductive healthcare. It's a coming of age story that shows the mixed signals we give teens, expecting them to act as proto-adults while disallowing them the agency to make informed decisions for themselves. It's a vast canyon that seems as wide as the distance between Veronica and the only clinic she can find that is legally allowed to help her, and I can't help but think Hendriks and Caplan gave us this metaphor intentionally.
Astrea had not realized that death would be this painful, with sharp pricks against her consciousness. She remained still, hoping the process of returning to the stars would pass quickly. She felt full, like her corporeal form would burst into particles.