The Book of Joan

The Book of Joan

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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In the near future, world wars have transformed the earth into a battleground. Fleeing the unending violence and the planet's now-radioactive surface, humans have regrouped to a mysterious platform known as CIEL, hovering over their erstwhile home. The changed world has turned evolution on its head: the surviving humans have become sexless, hairless, pale-white creatures floating in isolation, inscribing stories upon their skin. Out of the ranks of the endless wars rises Jean de Men, a charismatic and bloodthirsty cult leader who turns CIEL into a quasi-corporate police state. A group of rebels unite to dismantle his iron rule galvanized by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her and communes with the earth. When de Men and his armies turn Joan into a martyr, the consequences are astonishing. And no one not the rebels, Jean de Men, or even Joan herself can foresee the way her story and unique gift will forge the destiny of an entire world for generations.
Publisher: New York :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION
Characteristics: 266 pages ;,22 cm.


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SCL_Justin Nov 14, 2019

I liked the weirdness of this book a lot. The asexual society and culture of grafted skin in a space station made for an unsettling read. When the narrators change (and the setting) it gets a bit more relatable, but relatability isn't really the first goal in a Joan of Arc tale, is it? It's about the bizarre and strange and being called by something to do something crazy, which this book does very well in its science fictiony way.

Apr 09, 2018

This should have been a teenage superhero comic book. Bloody propaganda.

Jan 21, 2018

A post-apocalyptic feminist retelling of Joan of Arc. At times beautiful. Always very weird. It just didn't work for me. I did have a much easier time reading the book versus listening to the audiobook.

Apr 27, 2017

I feel destined to survive the Trumpocalypse and thus want more reality based feminist post-apocalyptic dsytopia. Since earlier this week Paul Wolfowitz went from Never Trump to the "happiest I've ever been in my life" I can only assume the PNAC plan is back on the table and we will start WW3 with the Axis of Evil by years end. I really wanted to love this novel, but in the end the supernatural aspect of it did not work for this old coach.

Feb 28, 2017

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