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Shelves: fiction , sf-dystopia , award-james-tiptree-jr In the dystopian future of Carhullan, the greatest injustice inflicted on the people by The Authority is that women are forced to have contraceptive implants to prevent population growth due to the extreme food shortages. I suppose back in this might have seemed like a far-fetched dystopian idea, but nowadays an end to human reproduction is a policy enthusiastically supported by many activists who caper around our streets, glue themselves to trains, and wotnot. Forced contraception is the In the dystopian future of Carhullan, the greatest injustice inflicted on the people by The Authority is that women are forced to have contraceptive implants to prevent population growth due to the extreme food shortages. But it makes you think: why are there so few men escaping the Authority like the women of Carhullan?

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Confined to the town where they first registered, billeted two or three to a room in run-down terraces, people stumble through meaningless factory jobs and numb themselves with cheap narcotics. Food and power are rationed, the year recovery plan is becoming a hopeless myth. This was some nightmarish version that we would wake from soon. As she trudges up the fells in the rain, Hall offers a portrait of the landscape of her birth. Rhododendron was slowly taking over the lower fields.

A mixture of exhaustion and elation fills the narrator as she climbs the brant slopes towards Carhullan farm, but the welcome she receives is sterner than she had fondly imagined. She emerges from a brutal spell in solitary confinement to find a kind of Eden — women working together to carve a rugged life out of the harsh surroundings.

There is joy in the simple food and hard labour, the cold showers and wild spaces. But as the charismatic, mercurial leader Jackie Nixon takes the narrator under her wing, it becomes clear this refuge is more fragile than it seems.

Like every earthly paradise, Carhullan cannot last. But this intimate concern with the physical is of a piece with the sensual collection of short stories Hall published in , The Beautiful Indifference.

But as the story shifts from anxious flight to defiant confrontation and the narrative fractures into brief vignettes of the inevitable fall, hints of a future forged from stubborn resistance can be glimpsed through the gaps.

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Hall is unflinching, yet sensitive, in her anatomisation of the psychology of survival, but she draws back from describing bigger events, in this case the final climactic battle, skipping straight to its aftermath instead. Excelsior is always a good motto. Dystopian fiction is in vogue. This is a grim, uncompromising novel, unrelieved by either hope or humour.

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Confined to the town where they first registered, billeted two or three to a room in run-down terraces, people stumble through meaningless factory jobs and numb themselves with cheap narcotics. Food and power are rationed, the year recovery plan is becoming a hopeless myth. This was some nightmarish version that we would wake from soon. As she trudges up the fells in the rain, Hall offers a portrait of the landscape of her birth. Rhododendron was slowly taking over the lower fields. A mixture of exhaustion and elation fills the narrator as she climbs the brant slopes towards Carhullan farm, but the welcome she receives is sterner than she had fondly imagined.

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