Friday, May 1, 2020

Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey (author), Romy Nordlinger (narrator)

Tantor Audio, ISBN 9781541410176, February 2020

Esther is fleeing the death of her friend, Beatrice, whom she was in love with, and the marriage her father intends to force her into.  To get away, she hides herself in the Librarians' book wagon. The Librarians, she knows, are upright women spreading approved materials and information. She knows that when they find her, she'll have to be very careful not to let slip the true nature of her relationship with Beatrice, because they are upright women and will be appalled.

Boy, does she have a lot to learn about Librarians, and the world they, and she, live in!

This is a story set in the American west of a future time, when there has been a breakdown of the society we know. We gradually learn that there is a war, though perhaps it is of the "We have always been at war with Eastasia" variety, and technology more advanced than the 19th century is restricted and rationed. It's a repressive society, with unapproved views bringing harsh consequences.

And while the Librarians distribute approved materials, they also distribute other things.

Esther is in for an adventure she never anticipated.

This is fast-paced, exciting, and both the characters and the world are very well-drawn, with just enough information about the world that, like Esther, we are figuring things out as we go along.


I bought this audiobook.

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