The Book of Etta by Meg Ellison. Published by 47North

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife is one of the best postapocalyptic books I’ve ever read and now, finally, is the long-awaited sequel. After the Great Plague tore through the world, billions were dead. Almost all the women in the world perished, taking their children with them. At first, women were taken as slaves and abused by groups of men, but as time has passed, some small semblance of civilization has returned in isolated areas. In the village of Nowhere, women and midwives are sacred and revered and this is where Etta makes her home; but she is no midwife – she’s a scavenger, venturing out into a lawless world looking for remnants of a lost world to sustain herself and her village. When she finds that slavers have taken those she loves, Etta vows to bring them home and bring their tormentors to justice. Her quest leads her to Lion, a man who rules with an iron fist, using terror to subdue and subjugate those around him. In a world with little to hope for and less to believe in, Etta will risk everything to save herself and humanity. Breathtaking, heart-breaking, heart racing reading. Simply incomparable

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