Withdrawing Men rend the nation in two, so Women are free to govern with the epitome of feminine qualities.
Years later, Freida grows up in the idyllic commune called PureFem. She maintains males should be treated as second-class citizens to atone for their past of abuses to females, but sometimes wavers for her brother Cecil. Is this love and fairness?
PureFem is a scary place when Men attack from Marside. The Women can only use Fight Knights to defend themselves. Is this how Men show honesty and strength?
After Cecil’s Choosing Ceremony, Freida’s loyalty is tested. On her trek out of PureFem through the divided nation- full of questionable rules, lies, and technology she doesn’t understand- she foresees the alarming future if neither flawed side is able to save itself.
Nothing about her upbringing prepared her to be betrayed, deceived, exiled, or used. Yet only she asks, “Do Women and Men need to be enemies?”
This fiction was inspired by stories from the Men’s Rights Movement and unique in Amazon books. It was first published by Ashley in 2020.
I just finished this book yesterday, and I am still thinking about it! Thought provoking and creative. The writing is beautiful, fast-paced, and the characters are warm and real. It’s a wholly different world to weigh and consider. I highly recommend this book! Well done!
What if society were run by women? What if men were made to “pay” for their actions? Wouldn’t things be “better”? These and other questions are explored in this dystopian novel. Initially it took some time for me to get into the novel and understand where the plot was going, but once I was invested in the characters, I found myself reading quickly to get to the end. The word choice and writing style are superb. You can tell the author is an avid reader herself and it is really reflected in the work as a whole. This novel really made me think at the end and examine some of my perspectives on feminism. I’m excited to watch more come from this author.
A world divided by gender is a premise universally pondered yet rarely explored through literature. In a brief space, Crookham illustrates two opposing dystopian worlds, their beliefs, power structures, cultures, and history. As I read, I found myself brainstorm ideas for a sequel (which she had better be writing!)
It made me think. Good book!
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2020This story pits womankind against mankind showing the best and worst characteristics of both as Frieda goes on an adventure to rescue her brother.
New Bern has my favorite downtown and The Next Chapter Books and Art is my favorite place in it. I’m proud to be a local author there. Buy a copy of Virtue Chasm next time you visit.
Virtue Chasm is now available at the Fulton County Library in Pennsylvania.
If you’d like to loan Virtue Chasm too, contact your local public library and suggest they add it to their collection.