Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Gather the Daughters

NEVER LET ME GO meets THE GIVER in this haunting debut about a cult on an isolated island, where nothing is as it seems.Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, ten men and their families colonized an island off the coast. They built a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding, and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Only the Wanderers--chosen male descendants of the original ten--are allowed to c...


Details Gather the Daughters

TitleGather the Daughters
ISBN9780316463683
Author
Release DateJul 24th, 2018
PublisherBack Bay Books
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Adult
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Reviews Gather the Daughters

  • Diane S ☔
    2017-07-30
    Quite a terrible world for women is created within these pages. Exactly what these girls lives are like are gradually unfolded and the full horror is exposed. I was consumed by this story, but almost feel guilty saying that, sort of like the gawkers who stop to gaze upon a traffic fatality. It was though the girls, who we get to know quite well, that made me keep reading. Girls who banded together to change things, and save themselves. Beautiful,...
  • Navidad Thelamour
    2018-02-02
    “When a daughter submits to her father’s will, when a wife submits to her husband, when a woman is a helper to a man, we are worshiping the ancestors and their vision.”Jennie Melamed’s Gather the Daughters bowled me over in more ways than one. It was haunting, arresting, thought-provoking and confrontational in all the best ways possible. It pressed up against the boundaries of my personal comfort levels - and then pushed passed them. Th...
  • Jaidee
    2017-08-26
    Half a "amateurish, histrionic, incongruous, ridiculous, dysgusting, dystopian" star !!2017 Award - Worst Read of the Year This book was absolutely wretched !!! The writing was amateurish from being repetitively flowery and ornate to incongruous dialogue and behaviors of both children and adults that did not make any sense. The book started off somewhat interesting and then she tried to mash up all sorts of previous dystopian ideas into this boo...
  • Taryn
    2017-07-24
    "Endure. I have done it and so can you.” Years ago, the ancestors escaped the ravaged Wastelands to colonize a small island and start a new society. They wrote Our Book to line out the strict hierarchy and structure that would dictate their lives. Their descendants still follow those rules. Life in the agrarian society can be brutal, especially for girls, so the children are given a taste of freedom in the summer. They're allowed to run wild ...
  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    2017-07-24
    Gather the Daughters is about a small community that lives with no electricity or modern conveniences on an island. They have a church made of stone that sinks into the ground and a holy book written by "the ancestors." These ancestors are saint-like founders who, according to tradition, fled the wider world to preserve the human race during an apocalypse.Traditions are dark and strange on the island, but not questioned because they were written ...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    2018-03-02
    Q: “At least we know autumn is coming.”... “And a winter, and a spring, and then another summer.” (c)This felt forced a bit. Disturbing and disconnected as well. Multiple protagonists, living oh-so-different and at the same time similar lives. A paedophile commumnity, a sect, an apocalypsis afthermath... The world of something else sprinkled with a healthy dose of Margo Atwood. Q:A calescent sun shatters on the surface of the water, lumin...
  • Jan
    2017-07-31
    This book has references to child abuse and incest. While it is not overly graphic and a lot of the abuse is implied, it is an integral part of the story line. This can make this book tough to read at times...I always feel odd when I 'like' a book that has such horrors of human nature involved, but this book really held me spellbound. Told from 4 separate POV's, (all children ranging from the ages of 13-17) the story unfolds on an island where it...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    2017-07-28
    Holy macaroni. This book was phenomenal in so many ways. It's straight into my Short List of my Top 17 Books of 2017. The book reminded me at times of one of my all time favourite novels - The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood. High praise indeed from me. I'm bursting over with things to share about it but want to let it all settle before writing my review. This was an emotional read. I can say this - get this book, right now, read it. You'll nev...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2017-11-15
    I've struggled to review this title because I have mixed feelings.On the one hand, I'm weary of the women-as-breeder trope so common in post-apocalyptic fiction. On the other hand, there are reasons this is so prevalent.On the one hand, I find the child abuse in this, even though it is often "offstage," very disturbing. On the other hand, well. It's not unbelievable.On the one hand, I was confused about the world building. On the other hand, the ...
  • Beverly
    2018-01-11
    When you find out what is happening to the girls, it is a body blow of sickening proportions. I can see how this despicable society could function, because we already have such religious, so-called, cults that have practiced similar things. I chewed through this post-apocalyptic novel quickly, but was left bereft by the unsatisfying ending.
  • Zuky the BookBum
    2017-07-11
    I was so interested in this one because it's ultimately about a cult. A cult who live on an island where very strict rules are put in place. Daughters are used to "comfort" their Father's during the night until their first bleed, then they get married off, Mothers are used for producing two children and housework. Sons help their Fathers in their jobs and Fathers rule the land.On the island they have a Bible / religious text equivalent called Our...
  • Rita
    2017-08-13
    A talented new authorI'm sure that we will hearing more from Jennie Melamed. This is a debut for her and I will be looking for new books by her. Gather the Daughters is very well written. It's the subject matter of the book that I disliked.When I first started reading the book, I read too fast. I was about 25% through when I realized that what I was reading made no sense. This is not a book that I could just plunge into full speed ahead. I had to...
  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    2017-02-24
    I won this book from the Goodreads Giveaways.I read this book in one sitting, unable to put it down, but it's taken me almost a month to write this review because although I loved this book, the subject matter is painful to think about. Though it's sensitively handled and there is nothing horribly graphic depicted.This story is about an isolated religious community that uses their religious beliefs (from Our Book) as the justification for the sys...
  • Bandit
    2017-01-19
    This book had me at cult. Seriously, I clicked the request button on Netgalley the second I read that word. I'm fascinated by psychology, especially the deviant sort and subsequently all things to do with cults. And this cult in particular was a doozie. How would something like that even be marketed? PaedoParadise? Now, that's just wrong, isn't it, to treat something as terrible as child abuse facetiously. And yet, the mind goes there, imagining ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    2017-06-28
    Ok I'm going to go slightly off the reservation for this one which seems to be very popular. I didn't like it.Having said that Gather The Daughters has an awful lot going for it - not least in the writing skill. I can't fault Jennie Melamed's writing and if she had been telling almost any other story I'd probably be 5* raving right now. And she plots beautifully and it's some hard hitting stuff. So to everyone else I say give it a go.Me? I read i...
  • Nancy
    2017-03-17
    Once there was a young wife who was making her first ham dinner. She carefully sliced the end off of the ham before putting it into the roasting pan. Her husband queried, "Why did you cut the end of the ham off?" "Because," the wife replied, "that's how Mom always did it." The husband suggested, "You should ask your mom why." So, when her folks arrived for dinner the young wife asked, "Mom, why do you cut the end of the ham off?" "Because," the m...
  • Susan
    2017-04-30
    Set on an isolated island, this is a deeply unsettling read about this secluded community of people. There is no animal larger than a sheep on the island, where the inhabitants spend their time farming, carving or tending to their crops. Lives are governed by numerous rules, which comes from the ‘ancestors’ who first founded the community and it is an extremely patriarchal society. Just how little control women, and girls, have, is unfolded g...
  • Sheila
    2017-08-01
    3.5 stars--somewhere between liked and really liked.The negative: This has all been done before. And, it's a big downer.The positive: I found this engrossing reading. The characterizations and psychology are spot on. The details of this civilization (which, as far as I can tell, was founded by deviants and not caused by any post-apocalyptical scenario) were chilling. I really rooted for the daughters to learn the truth, break free, and cause a ri...
  • Janet
    2017-08-01
    I'm in mixed minds about this one.The Handmaid's Tale meets The Lord Of The Flies meets M Night's Shyalaman, The Village. That's what I took away from this book.Gather The Daughters falls into the dystopian genre and the blurb gives enough information to outline the story. What it doesn't say is that the book is disturbing on so many levels. Incest, rape and a rotten world for young girls and women is what's at the heart of this book. For me pers...
  • Moe's Book Blog
    2017-02-26
    When the country became a wasteland, several men and their families colonized a coastal island where they built a fundamentalist society based on worshipping ancestors, controlling breeding, and restricting all knowledge of prior history of the unknown wastelands. Only the Wanderers or chosen male descendants of the original ten families are allowed to enter the still burning wastelands to scavenge for debris.In this patriarchal dystopian society...
  • Tania
    2017-09-15
    Each child has his own summer, but each summer leaves a different child.I was very impressed by this debut. A dark, thought-provoking speculative fiction about the treatment of females in an isolated island community. I loved the characters unique voices and the fact that they all responded to a similar situation in their own unique way - I felt sympathy for all of them, and wondered what I would do in a similar situation. The slow reveal and the...
  • Sadie Mother Horror
    2017-08-05
    **NO SPOILER REVIEW****UPDATE** just read some reviews and I think people should know, most of the abuse and incest is implied and not explored in excessive detail. The author is a doctor that works with victims of child abuse so I trusted her very minimal description but without sacrificing the threat the girls were facing. So, it's not too much for sensitive readers.Damn! For a debut novel Jennie Melamed writes like she's been doing this "writi...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    2017-01-19
    via my blog https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/“This dream, the dark embodiment of blasphemy, is a shameful secret rooted strongly as a tooth or a fingernail.”Still catching my breath, weeks after reading Gather The Daughters by Jennie Melamed. Let’s just talk about the gorgeous writing, the sentences that created this cult-like nightmare world. This is how a writer should reveal the inner turmoil, from describing mutton that tastes like...
  • Carlos
    2018-01-20
    Wow, this book got me thinking and then it disappointed me. First , this books deals with very heavy topics (rape, child abuse , incest )but doesn’t focus on that, what it chooses to focus on is a “rebellion “ led by one of the child/woman who wants to a stop as to how girls are treated in this island in which this cult has chosen to live , a rebellion that seems more like child’s play rather than something that deserves to be taken serio...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    2017-07-28
    OK guys and gals - Iet's get right to the skinny, shall we? This book is FANTASTIC! Debut novel? WHAT?! So well written. Divided into four parts, one for each season, we begin with Spring and end in the Winter. Once a girl has her first bleed, the next summer becomes her Summer of Fruition, where she (along with the other girls going through the same thing) group together with a group of boys to find their husbands. From there they are then marri...
  • Sonja Arlow
    2017-06-23
    This was not what I expected it to be, it was better!The book is tagged as science fiction (it’s not), dystopian (not really) so if you do not gravitate towards these two genres please don’t let that stop you from reading this. At the start this close-knit community that makes a living on a remote island had a strong Amish feel to it, homespun clothes, everyone working the land and bartering goods, children protected from outside influences a...
  • debra
    2017-09-03
    I read and reviewed it. The little piggy ate another one. Not doing it again as my original review was stellar! I'll stick to that evaluation of my own review, until or if, it reappears- then I will immediately start backpedaling.PS Now I remember being particularly annoyed that this book was compared to The Giver and Never Let Me Go and that might have added to my disenjoyment.(I just do so enjoy making up my own words-sorry)
  • Abbie | ab_reads
    2017-09-01
    4.5 starsYou guys like books about cults? Isolated dystopian islands where women and girls live in a nightmare with no control over their own bodies? (I know, it sounds uncomfortably familiar). Then you must check out Jennie Melamed's debut novel, Gather the Daughters!.The book follows the perspective of four daughters who live on the Island where the rules of the founding ancestors must be obeyed, and that means women and girls must submit to th...
  • Jena
    2017-09-02
    This review is going to contain some spoilers, so if you haven’t read this book and are interested in it, please be warned. This book is also heavy with trigger issues, specifically, sexual abuse and violence, along with domestic abuse.“Laughter for a boy, tears for a girl.”That one sentence summarizes the horror of living as a girl in this disturbed society. Even calling this society disturbed doesn’t feel like enough. It is horrific and...