Although I’m fond of Louise Erdrich’s novels, I understand that she is not for everyone. Usually her works are slow reads about Ojibwe customs and characters. This time she ventured onto a new path-a dystopic novel. Cedar Songmaker is pregnant, the worst thing that can happen to a woman at the time this novel takes place. Scientists and doctors believe that evolution has been put in reverse, and pregnant women are being rounded up and put into prison-like hospitals. If their babies are born abnormal, the “authority” decides what is to be done to the mother and the infant. Cedar is on the run to escape what she is sure is a bleak future for her and her unborn child. While trying to elude those in power, Cedar finds out secrets about her birth and her adoptive parents.
Although this is really not my kind of novel, there were times when I was caught up in Cedar’s adventure.