Four hundred years in the future, men are few and women rule the world.
Except for the area formerly known as Canada and Alaska, which is inhabited by the Men of the Northlands, a group of strong men who refuse to be ruled by women.
Christina Sanders, an archeologist and professor in history, is fascinated with the past. As a modern woman of year 2437 she knows that women are better off without men, but longing for an adventure, she makes a spontaneous decision and volunteers for a job no one else wants. Now she’s going to lead an archeological excavation in the Northlands, the most secluded place on earth where the mythical males live who are rumored to be as brutal and dangerous as the men Christina has read about in her history books.
What will happen when Christina crosses into the men’s territory? Will they allow her to do her job, and is there any way they’ll let her leave again – unharmed?
Point of view:
1st person. Alternating POV by chapter.
I actually sat on this a bit after finishing it before writing my review. While I did finish the audiobook, ultimately I was underwhelmed. It started out with a somewhat interesting premise, but the world building never came together as cohesively as I had hoped and bogged down the story quite a bit. While the characters were in their 30s, it had a distinctly YA/NA feel to it in regards to conversations, interactions, & maturity. As an archaeologist, Christina was completely unwilling to have any understanding or compassion for a different society’s way of life. She constantly belittled not only the NMen as a people, but complained about them personally, including constantly disparaging Boulder’s looks. Despite having a sexual relationship and spending nearly the entire book together ~ I never actually felt real chemistry or romance between Christina and Boulder.
It’s likely the narration is the reason I finished this. Both Noelle Bridges and John Masterson did an excellent job and I’d definitely listen to more by either of them.
Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
There were several instances of dubious consent that were passed off as “romance”.
My Favorite Quotes
You’re all a bunch of brainwashed bobbing heads living in fairyland. The Protector @ElinPeer narrated by Noelle Bridges & John Masterson #MenOfTheNorth #DystopianTweet