Daughter of the Revolution
by Becca Patterson
This was a great little YA science fiction romp with some thought provoking social commentary. Set in a distant future, I liked the way it portrayed the challenges that youth faced.
Originally the book made my list as I believed it would hit the social commentary about equality criteria. It was put to me as set in a matriarchy. What was interesting was that the matriarchal nature of the setting was actually quite subtle. Enough of the main characters were male that the full matriarchal nature of the setting remained in the background and it was only made obvious by the number of minor characters that were female. It seemed that female was the default for any minor characters. It didn’t give a sense of female privilege and it didn’t make me question any of my male notions on life. In fact it seemed to me like the setting was based around equality.
Where it did shine was in the commentary on youth and the increasing demanding world that they inhabit. They don’t become full citizens unless they graduate. Given the much harsher life those that don’t graduate college experience it’s a great analogy for the struggle that the young face today. Another interesting facet is children can be adopted out to corporations. Again, given the crippling nature of sued the loans, it’s another great analogy. In some way, I wish it had explored these concepts more.
The plot itself is wide ranging with a lot of danger and conflict for the characters. It’s a nice mad dash across that systems with enough twists and turns to keep the story moving. The characters are likeable though perhaps a little too effective given they are essentially schoolkids.
It certainly makes it into the softer side of science fiction with FTL travel (they’d travel between star systems) and enigmatic aliens called ‘Others. It still made the reader think. Characters were tied to their tablets (smartphone anyone?). All in all a good read.
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