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Blade Runner meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this shocking story of the lengths a mother will go to protect her son from a hostile world transformed by the absence of men.

Years after a super-virus decimates the male population, the America has refashioned itself. With different customs and laws and different methods of shame and punishment, America is unrecognizable to the one you know today. Now, hiding a living and healthy male is one of the gravest offenses, rivaled only by the murder of a man. Cole, a mother on the run, is guilty of both crimes, and desperate to find a safe life for her adolescent son Miles.

Drifting through the transformed Western states-from a commune in the Rockies to a high security laboratory in the redwoods of northern California-the two must negotiate living on the fringe of the new America, all while concealing Miles’ identity and evading a mysterious, powerful man bent on justice.

With hopes of escaping to South Africa to a better life, mother and child see their chance, at long last, in the secret world of a cult, but only if they can keep their own secrets and outmaneuver an ex-boyfriend from hell.

A brilliant blend of psychological suspense, American noir, and trenchant science fiction, Motherland is the high-stakes, propulsive story that Lauren Beukes’ fans have been waiting for.

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Genre: Mystery & Thriller / Fiction / Thrillers

On Sale: May 1st 2020

Price: $27 / $35 (CAD)

Page Count: 400

ISBN-13: 9780316267830

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"Flawless--I haven't read a scarier, more tense book in years. . . . It's hard to overstate how ambitious Broken Monsters is, maybe because Beukes somehow manages to make it look easy. Her prose is unhindered, exuberant and something like addictive--you can tell yourself you're just going to read one chapter, but before you know it, you've gone through 100 pages. You could say that she's as edgy as James Ellroy, as creepy as Stephen King and as darkly funny as Kurt Vonnegut, but Beukes is an author whose work is resistant to easy comparisons. Broken Monsters is one of the most remarkable books of the year, and one of the best suspense novels you'll read in quite some time."
Michael Shaub, NPR
"Intriguing... Beukes deals with slightly surreal things in very real ways. I'm all over it."—Gillian Flynn, O Magazine
"Simple, elegant prose . . . The anticipation and dread Beukes crafts is remarkable. Also remarkable is Beukes's ability to blend genres, seamlessly incorporating horror, fantasy and traditional crime in ways that highlight the best parts of each. It feels new--unprecedented, in a way."—Entertainment Weekly
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