Upright Women Wanted

Upright Women Wanted

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"Esther is a stowaway. She's hidden herself away in the Librarian's book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her-a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda. The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250213587
Characteristics: 176 pages ; 22 cm

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Gina_Vee Aug 08, 2020

It's a very interesting and quick read. I vaguely remember the reviews I'd listened to before reading it, but I do remember hearing it's like the wild west with librarians. I'd add that it's also a little like The Book of Eli in a way.

LPL_LeahN Jul 10, 2020

I LOVED Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey so I was immediately intrigued by this. It was the cryptic challenge on the cover that really sold it: "Are you a coward or are you a librarian?" It was a quick read, both short and engrossing. Esther is a young woman on the run from her overbearing, vindictive, and violent father. She stows away in a cart belonging to Bet and Leda, two tough as nails Librarians who seem uniquely suited to the job of espionage under the guise of delivering Accepted Materials to towns in a strange and bleak dystopian America. Will they accept her and train her to be a Librarian or will they dump her the first chance they get?

Esther has many adventures with the Librarians, not all of them expected or pleasant. But she also meets Cye, a smooth talking Librarian apprentice and new feelings plus ones from her past she hasn't yet dealt with charge to the forefront. I love the Queer representation in this book and my only complaint is that it wasn't longer! I feel a lot more could have been done with the world they built and also the plot. To not spoil anything, I'll just say simply that the ending was a perfect set up for a sequel. Fingers crossed!

RandomLibrarian May 06, 2020

This book was on my wishlist for months. I got a copy and read it immediately. It's a novella in length, so it can be read in one sitting. The premise is fabulous - librarians who are part of a secret spy network, but as speculative Western fiction - but I found the book too short to really do justice to the plot. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions and felt rather frustrated by the lack of world building - what is there is great, but there's just not enough to give me a full picture of the world these characters live in. I really hope the author writes another (full-length) book with these characters.

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miraellie
Mar 31, 2020

Violence: Scenes of shootouts, descriptions of wounds.

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