Title: The V Girl
Author: Maya Roberts
Publication date: July 1, 2014
Number of pages: 363
Synopsis: In post-apocalyptic North America, sexual slavery is legal. Lila Velez desperately wants to lose her virginity before the troops visit her town and take it away by force. She makes plans to seduce her only friend. Lila does not love him, but he is the only man who has shown her true affection, an affection she is willing to take as a substitute for love.
Lila’s coping mechanism to cope with her mother’s loss is her secret. A secret that will bring her closer to Aleksey Fürst, a foreign, broody man who she distrusts because of his links to the troops and his rough, yet irresistible appearance. He offers Lila an alternative to her plans, a possibility that terrifies her…and tempts her in spite of herself.
With threats looming at every turn and no way to escape, Lila fears that falling in love will only lead to more heartache. The consequences of laying down her arms for Aleksey and welcoming hope might destroy more than her heart. They might force her to face the worst of her nightmares becoming a reality. Is love possible in a world that has forgotten what the human touch is?
Mya Robarts is a bookaholic who regrets nothing.
She spent years trying to become a contemporary dance choreographer. Eventually she realized that she enjoyed writing her stories rather than dancing to them.
Robarts is obsessed with books that present damaged characters, swoon-worthy guys, controversial topics and happy endings.
I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours and Maya Roberts on a read to review basis in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Throughout most of the book, I had a hard time deciding how to rate it because I wasn’t all that engaged. However, as I read on, I began to realize that the action and world building I usually enjoy in dystopian societies aren’t what make this book stand out. Instead, the slow build up of trust, relationships, and love are what make this book unique. Its exploration of rape, consentual sex, love and trust within oneself and others, and PTSD really blended together to create a story about a girl who learned to trust in herself through the interactions she and her family had with other members of their society–both good and bad.
I especially liked seeing how the author explored the notions of rape and consentual sex in a way that brought out the severity of the issues, while also developing the characters and story around them. Roberts slowly built up each concept, exploring their differences through the characters development, but especially through Lila’s growth.
The discussion questions at the end of the book really helped put the story and current societal issues into perspective. As stated in one of the questions, the issues in the book are exagerated to reflect their severity and, in my oppinion, make readers reflect on the story and current societal issues. If simplified, the concepts in this book really resonate with issues of rape and consent in today’s society. The beliefs in Lila’s town, Starville, somewhat reflect certain perceptions our society has about rape, consent, and the roles victims–men and women, perpetrators, and society play.
While the world may have been a little complicated to understand because of the way information was dispersed, I didn’t feel like I was missing all that much. Sure, I would have liked some more explanation on exactly how and why the war started and a better understanding of the different armies, but the book explored different aspects of the world and armies, focusing on them rather than on the world building. Again, it chose to explore aspects of the society which, although exaggerated–as pointed out in the discussion questions–can be simplified to reflect some of the current issues in society.
Overall, I really liked the slow build up of the story, because it gave me the opportunity to reflect on the issues in the society and connect them to our own. It also told the story of a girl who needed to find love and trust in herself and others, in order to push past her fears and be able to heal. Although it sounds cheesy, I really believe this book explores both Lila’s story and current issues in such a way that, at least for me, left me reflecting not only on what I read, but also on the society we live in. Lastly, the discussion questions at the end really made this book stand out, and if for nothing else, I recommend you read it just to be able to understand and reflect on the questions.
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