Nomansland by Lesley Hauge

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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.


About Lesley Hauge

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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, New York. This is her first novel.
Published June 15, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 268 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Oddly, the girls relate exclusively to glamorous 20th-/21st-century Western models, although the limited sources available to them also portray young girls, athletes and women in niqab.

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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.

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Teen Reads

On the surface, their system seems to work well if one doesn't consider the disturbing questions behind the morality of it.

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SF Site

So when the trackers are not tracking, they are working in the fields with the other women.

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Gather Books

I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone and it’s not because I’m a boy and the book is about a population of women…it just wasn’t interesting enough to talk about.

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Shelf Awareness

rumors fly that she’s heard about a “rich find” from the Time Before—and as Keller gets lured in by Laing, she fears that the Trackers know the teens are sneaking off to the hideaway Laing has discovered with contraband such as gowns, high heel shoes, fashion magazines and Barbie dolls.

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