Monday 1 August 2016

Book Review: Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

Title: Woman on the Edge of Time
Author: Marge Piercy
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: 11 August 2016 (1976)
Pages: 432
Format: eBook- PDF
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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Hailed as a classic of speculative science fiction, Marge Piercy’s landmark novel is a transformative vision of two futures. Harrowing and prescient, Woman on the Edge of Time will speak to a new generation on whom these choices weigh more heavily than ever before.

After being unjustly committed to a mental institution, Connie Ramos is contacted by an envoy from the year 2137, who shows her a utopian future of sexual and racial equality and environmental harmony.

But Connie also bears witness to another potential outcome: a dystopian society of grotesque exploitation. One will become our world. And Connie herself may strike the decisive blow...
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I requested Woman on the Edge of Time from NetGalley because I had previously loved another Marge Piercy novel. From the point of view of the writing, I was not disappointed. Piercy's prose is highly readable, and she manages to show the difference in speech between the two time periods in a way that is both inventive and yet still understandable.

The only downside to this novel for me was that, at times, it came across as preachy. I don't mind a message within a fictional story, but I dislike having a particular point of view rammed down my throat, and in this piece it was very clear what the author wanted us to believe. I didn't always disagree; however, I would have preferred it to be pushed less stringently, as sometimes the 'message' rather overtook the plot and characters.

Nonetheless, I still found this book to be an interesting read and I would still seek out more novels by Marge Piercy in the future. If you are into feminism and sci-fi, you'll probably love this work. If you dislike fiction that preaches, it may not be for you.

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