Read-Reviewed-2018 · Science Fiction

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich. (2017).


Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich. (2017).

1 out of 5 stars.

You know those books that just seem to miss the mark? That was this book for me. The blurb gives the impression that the book is about science being unable to stop evolution going backwards as women start giving birth to more ‘primitive’ babies and all creatures in general are also becoming more primitive, while the government starts stepping in with the pregnant women. It sounded fairly interesting, if not a little similar to the Handmaid’s Tale (obviously with some differences). The book is written as the pregnant main character’s journal to her unborn child. What I found really disappointing was the lack of information about the whole concept of evolution going backwards (i.e what this actually meant and what was happening in the world for them to say this). If you don’t like books with religious references featuring fairly often, stay away from this one. I personally struggled to get through the book, and found it quite dull and slow overall. Every time it seemed like it was about to get interesting, it fell flat. Would love to hear opinions on this one from others, particularly if you found it enjoyable (this book has some pretty good reviews floating around on the Internet!).

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