This is the August read for Calico Reaction‘s A-Z Challenge and I only started it yesterday. I’m quickly running out of August, so I hope it won’t take me too long to read. I’m about 50 pages in so far, so I’m taking that as a good sign. It’s one of those books that I’ve heard about and never had a reason to read, but it looks very interesting. I love science fiction with a mystery to solve, so I hope Marghe will get to figure out the virus and what is going on. I’m also looking forward to the gender dynamics in the book. It won both the Tiptree and Lambda Awards, so that part of it comes well recommended.
Change or die. These are the only options available on the planet Jeep. Centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Now, generations after the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, a company arrives to exploit Jeep–and its forces find themselves fighting for their lives. Terrified of spreading the virus, the company abandons its employees, leaving them afraid and isolated from the natives. In the face of this crisis, anthropologist Marghe Taishan arrives to test a new vaccine. As she risks death to uncover the women’s biological secret, she finds that she, too, is changing–and realizes that not only has she found a home on Jeep, but that she alone carries the seeds of its destruction. . . .
Ammonite is an unforgettable novel that questions the very meanings of gender and humanity. As readers share in Marghe’s journey through an alien world, they too embark on a parallel journey of fascinating self-exploration.