Genre: Historical Fiction/Religion
Number of Pages: 369
Publication Date: August 5, 2011
*This was part of the OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day Program*
Na’amah’s only dream is to be a shepherdess. Not cook, not clean, and not have her sole purpose to be married and take care of stinky children. She wants to be with her sheep and take care of them.
This makes her very different in her community. However, what sets her really apart is the fact that she has Asperger’s. This means that she thinks differently and sometimes doesn’t know how to act in certain social situations, which unfortunately makes her somewhat isolated from many.
Though it might her abilities that can save many from an untimely death.
Simply amazing! There are just so many positives that I don’t know where to begin. Let’s start with Na’amah. She is such a great role model for many women out there. She is not afraid to believe in what she believes in, she doesn’t bend to society’s views of women, her thoughts are original, and she is extremely strong-willed. I mean venturing through the woods on your own when you are pregnant for the first time in order to escape from those who captured you? My praises to her!
The other aspect that really makes that sets this apart is the twist of the classic Biblical tale of “Noah’s Ark”. In the version that we know, there is God who informs Noah of the upcoming flood. However, in this fictional tale, there is a Father God and a Mother Goddess, and the driving force in this story is definitely female. Though the story that Thorne tells isn’t real, it was a nice surprise of how important the female role was here.
Even though, some of the characters’ names were unique, the author does an excellent job in helping the readers differentiate between one from the other. There is an antagonist here, and it becomes clear who he is early on. Then, when I think I could not dislike him any more, the author throws a curve ball and I began to sympathize for him.
As a warning, there are scenes of rape, sexual assault, and incest that may bother some. There were times that saddened my heart and left me with my mouth open. Though with times of heartache, there were also times of happiness.
Overall, this is a book that encourages to question, discover, and be true to yourself. To not be afraid to say what you actually feel and what’s on your mind. Absolutely loved every minute of this read! It is one that I can see myself revisiting.