Griffith, Nicola

Book - 2002
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Change or die. These are the only options available on the planet Jeep. Centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Now, generations after the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, a company arrives to exploit Jeep-and its forces find themselves fighting for their lives. Terrified of spreading the virus, the company abandons its employees, leaving them afraid and isolated from the natives. In the face of this crisis, anthropologist Marghe Taishan arrives to test a new vaccine. As she risks death to uncover the women's biological secret, she finds that she, too, is changing-and realizes that not only has she found a home on Jeep, but that she alone carries the seeds of its destruction. . . . Ammonite is an unforgettable novel that questions the very meanings of gender and humanity. As readers share in Marghe's journey through an alien world, they too embark on a parallel journey of fascinating self-exploration.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2002
Edition: 1st Del Rey trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780345452382
Branch Call Number: SF GRIFFITH 2002
Characteristics: 397 p. ;,21 cm


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Centuries ago a virus shattered the colony of Gershom's Planet (or 'Jeep'), killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Generations later the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, until a company arrives to exploit Jeep.

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Aug 19, 2014
  • athena14 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

There are two intersecting stories in this book. One left me cold: anthropologist Marghe "goes native" with the tribeswomen, even magically getting pregnant. It recalls the wimmin's land fantasies of the 1970s. The second was more intriguing Cmdr Hannah Danner works to protect her crew and serve the Company: conflicting goals she conquers. Bizarrely sexless for book about an all-woman planet written by a lesbian.


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