Nomansland by Lesley Hauge (June 22nd 2010--Henry Holt)
"Sometime in the future, there is a place populated only by women. The woman have survived against all odds by working hard in their rough, agrarian life and by protecting their borders from the enemy—men who are mutants from the “Time Before,” before the wars and devastation resulting from a nuclear explosion.
Here in this place, a young woman, Keller, is being trained as a novice Tracker—elite members of this society who are expert horsewomen, marksmen, and protectors of the borders from invasion. Keller is obedient to the strict rules of this world, where friendship is forbidden and life amounts to endless work to survive. But Keller is also curious—she prefers to read the limited pages allowed from their meager library, and she finds herself chosen to be the apprentice to the most powerful leader of all, the Chair. But when Keller finds out her fellow novice, Laing, has made a startling discovery, everything in their world is turned upside down. Laing has found a partially buried home from the Time Before—a home where a teenage girl once lived and had stuffed animals, a computer, TV, clothes and make-up—all things foreign to Keller and Laing and the rest of this society. This discovery unleashes a string of events that rocks their world and causes Keller not only to question the ruling powers and the way of life they enforce, but changes Keller’s life forever.
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 through this highly dramatic and unforgettable story."
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