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World of Shell and Bone by Adriana Ryan

World of Shell and Bone by Adriana Ryan

My friend and fellow Spellbound Scribe Adriana Ryan‘s book, World of Shell and Bone, was released on 7 December. I finished reading it yesterday whilst at the doctor, and after posting my review on Amazon, I wanted to share this wonderful debut novel with you.

From the very first chapter, Adriana creates a chilling juxtaposition of an ancient assumption about women: that our only value comes from bearing children. Instead of the traditional meaning imposed by a patriarchal society, in World of Shell and Bone it has become a value judgment in an entirely matriarchal society struggling to repopulate the earth after a nuclear disaster that wiped out most of humanity.

The gender relations in the book create a polarity of the extremes of both sexes — from the government regime’s hatred and disdain of men (who presided over the world’s destruction and carry the blame) to the Rads and their pejorative terms toward women and a the threat of sexual violence hovering beneath their words. In that world, protagonist Vika Cannon is funneled through changing expectations, desperation, and her emotions for a man assigned to her. Her world is reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984 dystopia in that everyone watches everyone for signs of treason, and where people vanish under the weight of hearsay alone.

World of Shell and Bone is an adult dystopian novel that takes place in our world — sixty years in the future when nuclear war has reduced it to mutations and acid rain.

I definitely recommend World of Shell and Bone to anyone who is a fan of fast-paced plots driven by three dimensional characters and smooth, often beautiful prose. You won’t be disappointed.

Check out Adriana’s website and definitely hop over to Amazon or Barnes and Noble and pick up a copy of World of Shell and Bone!

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Author | Emmie Comments | 6 Date | December 14, 2012

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Daniel Swensen (@surlymuse)

Your website is snowing. /relevant

December 14, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Emmie Mears

    I KNOW! And if you move your cursor around, the direction of the falling snow changes.

    Also, you would probably really like Adriana’s book.

    December 14, 2012 | 10:41 am

livrancourt

And it’s got the coolest cover ever!!
Nice review, Emmie…

December 14, 2012 | 12:12 pm

mysticcooking

Sounds intriguing, and I love the cover. I’ll have to add this book to my list of books to read in the near future.

December 14, 2012 | 12:45 pm

Adriana Ryan

Emmie, thank you so much! πŸ˜€ I’m so thrilled to have your thoughts on the book!! πŸ˜€ (And the snow is hella cool–I spent about five minutes making it change direction, haha!)

December 14, 2012 | 1:46 pm

Guest Post by S.K. Falls: Secret for a Song | Emmie Mears

[…] I’m very excited to host my friend, S.K. Falls today. Her book just came out, and she’s a fabulous writer. I reviewed her debut novel, World of Shell and Bone here. […]

June 14, 2013 | 10:54 am

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