Title: The Girl in the Road
Author: Monica Byrne
Published: May 20, 2014
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Publisher Link: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
In the world of the future, two seemingly unconnected women embark on similar journeys. Meena, having been attacked and knowing someone is after her, heads west from India to Ethiopia, the country of her birth. Mariama runs away from home after a traumatic event and joins a shipping caravan headed across the Sarah to Ethiopia. Despite the parallels in their destination and circumstances, their travels aren’t happening at the same time. But there is more of a connection between these two women and their processes of self-discovery than two women who don’t know each other could ever realize.
Wow. That’s my honest initial reaction. This was great throughout; I finished it in less than two days and had a difficult time putting it down every time I needed to do so. There is just something so compelling about the voice of both of these characters (voices that are also incredibly distinct) that can pull a reader in and make you a part of this world. The very organic reveal of the connections between Meena and Mariama was also very well-written and refreshing. Even though I had some inklings of their connection a bit earlier, it didn’t all play out exactly as I expected, which I appreciate (I’m not one for too much predictability in a story). Very highly recommended, even for those who may not typically be fans of science fiction. The story here is in the foreground and the characters are definitely the focus.
Content Warning: There is a brief scene of sexual content that many may find objectionable. It’s not graphic and I personally think it speaks to the character involved in a way that its inclusion is not at all gratuitous.