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ISBN13: 9780805090642
ISBN10: 0805090649
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Sometime in the future, after devastating wars and fires, a lonely, windswept island in the north is populated solely by women. Among these women is a group of teenaged Trackers — expert equestrians and archers — whose job is to protect their shores from the enemy.

The enemy, they've been told, is men.

When these girls come upon a partially buried home from the distant past, they are fascinated by the strange objects — high-heeled shoes, teen magazines, make-up — found there.

What are they to make of these mysterious things, which introduce a world they have never known? And what does it mean for their strict society where friendship is forbidden and rules must be obeyed — at all costs?

Reminiscent of The Giver but with a feminist twist, Nomansland is a powerful, shocking story that will challenge young readers perspectives and provoke much discussion over the timely and controversial issues presented.

Review:

"Hauge's debut sketches a gray, cruel dystopian future where the trappings of 21st-century life (a tin of Altoids, glossy magazines) become mysteries, temptations, and symbols. On the isolated, female-only island of Foundland, Keller and her fellow Novices live a harsh subsistence life of iron-fisted regulations (no friendships, no secrets, no physical affection) and violent punishment for transgressions while training to protect their land against the feared invasion of men. When fellow Novice Laing finds a stash of forbidden objects from the Time Before, the girls can't help becoming enraptured with the clothes, makeup, and mirrors. Though the writing style is flat and unemotional, reflecting Keller's colorless world, Hauge offers a gripping study of nature versus nurture through Keller's innate desire for a friend and her struggle to reconcile her upbringing with her inclinations. There's a permeating chill in Keller's barren life that seeps out of the book and into the reader's bones: 'The rare, easy weather arrives and disappears without warning, just the same way happiness can, descending, then dissolving, then gone.' Ages 12 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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“In Nomansland by Lesley Hauge, teenage girls protect their makeup-and mirror-free island against the enemy — men (a sequel is already in the works).” Publishers Weekly

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“Secrets revealed make for a compelling emotional journey.” Kirkus Reviews

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Nomansland challenges the ways we think about our world by examining it through the lens of brainwashed and disillusioned teenagers looking for answers. Hauge stands every cultural norm on its head. . . . Extremely compelling. The author put forth completely new interpretations of how our popular culture affects us and what it could mean years from now.” School Library Journal

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Reminiscent of The Giver but with a feminist twist, Nomansland tells the story of an island of women alone. The enemy, they've been told, is men.

Synopsis:

A dystopic novel depicting an all female world that begs the question, would we be better off without men?

Synopsis:

Sometime in the future, after devastating wars and fires, a lonely, windswept island in the north is populated solely by women. Among these women is a group of teenaged Trackers—expert equestrians and archers—whose job is to protect their shores from the enemy. The enemy, theyve been told, is men.

 

When these girls come upon a partially buried home from the distant past, they are fascinated by the strange objects—high-heeled shoes, teen magazines, make-up—found there.  What are they to make of these mysterious things, which introduce a world they have never known? And what does it mean for their strict society where friendship is forbidden and rules must be obeyed—at all costs?

 

Reminiscent of The Giver but with a feminist twist, Nomansland is a powerful, shocking story that will challenge young readers perspectives and provoke much discussion over the timely and controversial issues presented.

Synopsis:

Sometime in the future, after widespread devastation, a lonely, windswept island in the north is populated solely by women. Among them is a group of teenage Trackers, expert equestrians and archers, whose job is to protect their shores from the enemy—men. When these girls find a buried house from the distant past, theyre fascinated by the strange objects they find—high-heel shoes, magazines, makeup. What do these mysterious artifacts mean? What must the past have been like for those people? And what will happen to their rigid, Spartan society if people find out what theyve found?

About the Author

Lesley Hauge was born in England and raised in Zimbabwe. She lived in Norway for many years before moving to her current home in Brooklyn, NY. This is her first novel.

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eeclarkson, October 18, 2010 (view all comments by eeclarkson)
I began reading this book expecting something like The Hunger Games. The story is in that same vein of dystopian futures that there have been so many books about lately for young adults. But what I found was so different from The Hunger Games and so provocative that I’m not sure I have anything to compare it to.

The premise is that sometime, far in the future, a colony of woman have isolated themselves on an island, living completely without men. In fact, men are the enemy. Everything about their world is a strange combination of the strange and the familiar for readers. The woman grow crops for their food, ride horses, train with the bow and arrow. And sometimes in the wild they find Found Objects, glimpses of the past world and past people.

What was so fascinating and so well done with this story is the dissection of gender roles. While this story could have easily been an affirmation of feminism, a world where men are unnecessary (which has been written before), it does not stray there. Some, those in charge, push the propaganda that women before were treated badly—raped and abused by the lustful men. But the young protagonist and her friends are not steeped in this thinking so much yet that they are not willing to wonder. And when they find a treasure trove of Found Objects—magazines, make-up, clothes, high heel shoes—they begin to wonder what it really means to be a woman.

The book is short, only 243 pages, but in that time it told an intriguing and compelling story. I could barely put it down to go to sleep last night. There is something so captivating about viewing our world through the eyes of strangers, about considering everything we take for granted in an entirely new light.

I’d definitely recommend this to any female reader, and even the male ones. It’s not a romance, its not an epic, and its not exactly an adventure. It is a venture into a possible future, and an exploration of our present.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805090642
Author:
Hauge, Lesley
Publisher:
Square Fish
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Social Issues/Prejudice
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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Product details 272 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805090642 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hauge's debut sketches a gray, cruel dystopian future where the trappings of 21st-century life (a tin of Altoids, glossy magazines) become mysteries, temptations, and symbols. On the isolated, female-only island of Foundland, Keller and her fellow Novices live a harsh subsistence life of iron-fisted regulations (no friendships, no secrets, no physical affection) and violent punishment for transgressions while training to protect their land against the feared invasion of men. When fellow Novice Laing finds a stash of forbidden objects from the Time Before, the girls can't help becoming enraptured with the clothes, makeup, and mirrors. Though the writing style is flat and unemotional, reflecting Keller's colorless world, Hauge offers a gripping study of nature versus nurture through Keller's innate desire for a friend and her struggle to reconcile her upbringing with her inclinations. There's a permeating chill in Keller's barren life that seeps out of the book and into the reader's bones: 'The rare, easy weather arrives and disappears without warning, just the same way happiness can, descending, then dissolving, then gone.' Ages 12 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , “In Nomansland by Lesley Hauge, teenage girls protect their makeup-and mirror-free island against the enemy — men (a sequel is already in the works).”
"Review" by , “Secrets revealed make for a compelling emotional journey.”
"Review" by , Nomansland challenges the ways we think about our world by examining it through the lens of brainwashed and disillusioned teenagers looking for answers. Hauge stands every cultural norm on its head. . . . Extremely compelling. The author put forth completely new interpretations of how our popular culture affects us and what it could mean years from now.”
"Synopsis" by , Reminiscent of The Giver but with a feminist twist, Nomansland tells the story of an island of women alone. The enemy, they've been told, is men.
"Synopsis" by ,
A dystopic novel depicting an all female world that begs the question, would we be better off without men?
"Synopsis" by ,

Sometime in the future, after devastating wars and fires, a lonely, windswept island in the north is populated solely by women. Among these women is a group of teenaged Trackers—expert equestrians and archers—whose job is to protect their shores from the enemy. The enemy, theyve been told, is men.

 

When these girls come upon a partially buried home from the distant past, they are fascinated by the strange objects—high-heeled shoes, teen magazines, make-up—found there.  What are they to make of these mysterious things, which introduce a world they have never known? And what does it mean for their strict society where friendship is forbidden and rules must be obeyed—at all costs?

 

Reminiscent of The Giver but with a feminist twist, Nomansland is a powerful, shocking story that will challenge young readers perspectives and provoke much discussion over the timely and controversial issues presented.

"Synopsis" by ,
Sometime in the future, after widespread devastation, a lonely, windswept island in the north is populated solely by women. Among them is a group of teenage Trackers, expert equestrians and archers, whose job is to protect their shores from the enemy—men. When these girls find a buried house from the distant past, theyre fascinated by the strange objects they find—high-heel shoes, magazines, makeup. What do these mysterious artifacts mean? What must the past have been like for those people? And what will happen to their rigid, Spartan society if people find out what theyve found?
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