The apocalypse will be asymmetrical. In the aftermath of a plague that has decimated the world population, the unnamed midwife confronts a new reality in which there may be no place for her. Indeed, there may be no place for any woman except at the end of a chain. With one woman left for every ten men, the landscape that the midwife travels is fraught with danger. She must reach safety–but is it safer to go it alone or take a chance on humanity? The friends she makes along the way will force her to choose what’s more important. Civilization stirs from the ruins, taking new and experimental forms. The midwife must help a new world come into being, but birth is always dangerous… and what comes of it is beyond anyone’s control.
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife starts out slow and has a few slow points throughout the story, but for the most part the story moves along very quickly. The point-of-view character is often the midwife, who gives various names but never her own. In fact, for much of the book she pretends to be a man, which saves her on many occasions.
The Unnamed Midwife character is so well developed that it’s easy to relate to her and understand why she thinks and behaves the way she does. The other characters are developed just enough to develop the plot beautifully. One of my favorite parts of this book is that the way the Unnamed Midwife explains bisexuality. It’s beyond perfect.
For most of the book I was really unsure where the story was going or how it could possibly end. The answer? Beautifully. The story ends in such a perfect and complete way I can’t imagine another for it. Room is left after the Epilogue for a potential follow-up story but it’s not a cliff-hanger.
Overall, I rate The Book of the Unnamed Midwife 4 out of 5 bookworms.
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I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.