Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The United States has destroyed itself with decades of environmental abuse and unsound economic decisions, the people in Coast Road, however, are doing better than would be expected. In their world, birth control is not a choice, it’s mandated for everyone. Only when a person or persons can prove they can provide for a child, financially and emotionally, are they allowed to procreate. They are issued banners as a symbol to all of their success. Enid is the person who handle justice for the Coast Road, and when a man dies suspiciously, she must investigate claims that his death was no accident. This Utopian society is anything but, and  Enid must peel back the layers of jealousy, anger and hatred to uncover the truth.  This is certainly not the first time a novel has depicted the future where the right to reproduce is strictly controlled, but Vaughn puts a fresh spin on the perspective in this compelling story


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