Lydia Brone, wrongfully convicted of the murder of her mother’s abusive boyfriend, is sentenced to three years confinement on the remote island of Kormace under the government’s new policy of exile for murders. Once on the island, Lydia, or Brone as she’s now known, finds a matriarchal society, under strict but benevolent rule, as the women there try to live in some semblance of order and community. But, all is not rosy. In addition to having to survive the natural perils of this uncharted land, they have to deal with the depredations of a group of vicious rebels, and an even scarier band of ogres, women who have reverted to a complete feral state.
Brone, a city girl, who had previously been reluctant to change her cat’s litter box, finds that she must become as harsh as her surroundings if she is to survive what, in effect, is a life sentence. In the process of transforming herself into a warrior and leader, she also finds relationships unlike any she’s ever had before.
The Feral Sentence by G.C. Julien is a chilling dystopian thriller, set in a time, some sixty years in the future, that tells not only of the individual and group will to survive, but implicitly, what can happen when those in power seek politically expedient ways to mete out justice.
This one will chill you to your marrow. I received a free copy of this book.
I give it four stars.