Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik Birch

November 14, 2014
Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik Birch, Book Cover
Two Point Five out of Five Stars
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One People. One Union. One Future.

Wynne’s entire life is dictated by the Union: the clothes she wears, the books she reads, even the genes she inherited. And like every other girl in the Union, Wynne dreams of being chosen as a Carrier on her 16th birthday—one of the elite selected to carry the future generation within her womb. Wynne and her best friend Odessa are certain they will both make the cut, but when Odessa is chosen and whisked off to a life of privilege, Wynne is left behind to work as an assistant, delivering perfectly planned babies for the Union.

As Odessa slips deeper and deeper into the role of Carrier, Wynne begins to see the Union for what it really is: a society that criminalizes the notion of love, and forbids words like mother and family.

For the first time in her life, Wynne is faced with a choice: submit to the will of the Union, or find a way to escape and save Odessa before she is lost forever.


"Her mind pulled her forward, even though her body ached to stop. To live."

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. I wouldn't recommend this book, but I wasn't annoyed enough while reading to not finish. As a huge fan of A Handmaid's Tale, I thought this would explore feminism, religion and power.  However this was too short and and there was little to no world building. This made the oppressive government appear less believable and more like a caricature of itself.

There were moments which connected with me emotionally, so the writing wasn't all of the problem. The author just wrote too little and shied away from exploring enough of this world to leave a lasting impression. Our protagonist Wynne was free thinking enough to land her in trouble, but was still far too naive after she saw the ideology around her unravel. In the end I was left with too many questions for this to be a stand alone novel. For example, why are sexes segregated? I assumed in a book of this nature that would at least be explored, but no.
Despite my disappointment, will I continue reading novels with these themes in hopes of finding something as great as a Handmaid's tale sequel?


Jazmen said...

I actually have this on my TBR pile. Maybe I won't read this one. It doesn't sound all that great and I would rather not waste my time. Thanks for the honest review!

InToriLex said...

No problem, I would definitely skip it!! Thanks for stopping by

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