HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Reading & Writing » Fiction (Group) » What Fiction are you read... » Reply #27

Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 07:23 PM

27. The Rending And The Nest by Kaethe Schwehn

A chilling yet redemptive post-apocalyptic debut that examines community, motherhood, faith, and the importance of telling one's own story.

When 95 percent of the earth's population disappears for no apparent reason, Mira does what she can to create some semblance of a life: She cobbles together a haphazard community named Zion, scavenges the Piles for supplies they might need, and avoids loving anyone she can't afford to lose. She has everything under control. Almost.

Four years after the Rending, Mira's best friend, Lana, announces her pregnancy, the first since everything changed and a new source of hope for Mira. But when Lana gives birth to an inanimate object--and other women of Zion follow suit--the thin veil of normalcy Mira has thrown over her new life begins to fray. As the Zionites wrestle with the presence of these Babies, a confident outsider named Michael appears, proselytizing about the world beyond Zion. He lures Lana away and when she doesn't return, Mira must decide how much she's willing to let go in order to save her friend, her home, and her own fraught pregnancy.

Like California by Edan Lepucki and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Rending and the Nest uses a fantastical, post-apocalyptic landscape to ask decidedly human questions: How well do we know the people we love? What sustains us in the midst of suffering? How do we forgive the brokenness we find within others--and within ourselves?

Reply to this post

Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 47 replies Author Time Post
hermetic May 2018 OP
CurtEastPoint May 2018 #1
hermetic May 2018 #5
CurtEastPoint May 2018 #6
hermetic May 2018 #11
Freedomofspeech May 2018 #18
Ohiogal May 2018 #2
hermetic May 2018 #7
Ohiogal May 2018 #12
hermetic May 2018 #17
Ohiogal May 2018 #29
dameatball May 2018 #3
hermetic May 2018 #8
lapfog_1 May 2018 #4
hermetic May 2018 #9
matt819 May 2018 #10
hermetic May 2018 #14
cyclonefence May 2018 #13
hermetic May 2018 #15
cyclonefence May 2018 #16
shenmue May 2018 #19
hermetic May 2018 #20
MuseRider May 2018 #21
hermetic May 2018 #23
MuseRider May 2018 #25
Runningdawg May 2018 #22
hermetic May 2018 #24
PoindexterOglethorpe May 2018 #39
Runningdawg May 2018 #43
PJMcK May 2018 #26
hermetic May 2018 #32
LineReply The Rending And The Nest by Kaethe Schwehn
PoorMonger May 2018 #27
hermetic May 2018 #33
PoindexterOglethorpe May 2018 #40
madaboutharry May 2018 #28
hermetic May 2018 #34
The Blue Flower May 2018 #30
hermetic May 2018 #35
PoindexterOglethorpe May 2018 #41
hermetic May 2018 #46
Number9Dream May 2018 #31
hermetic May 2018 #36
PennyK May 2018 #37
hermetic May 2018 #44
PoorMonger May 2018 #38
hermetic May 2018 #45
PoindexterOglethorpe May 2018 #42
hermetic May 2018 #47
Please login to view edit histories.