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Moths

By: Jane Hennigan
Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
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Summary

A divergent future with a thought-provoking feminist slant, Moths is perfect for those who loved The Power, The Handmaid's Tale and Vox.

Out they came, away from natural predators, nesting in damp corners and in the tops of trees, crossbreeding with common cousins and laying thousands upon thousands of eggs.

'Then...the eggs hatched and an army of hungry caterpillars spread their tiny toxic threads on every breath of wind.’ The threads spell doom for humanity - half of it, at least. All around the world, men are dying in their sleep or turning into rage-fuelled killers. The world, as we know it, ends. However, humanity adapts and society moves on. 

Many years later, very few even remember what life was like before the change. Mary does, though, and when an opportunity presents itself, she is faced with soul-searching decisions to make. Will she cling to the only strand of the past she has left, or will she risk it all in the name of equality?

©2021 Jane Hennigan (P)2022 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Brilliant book

I loved this! Very similar to The Power, compelling, great pace & story. Truly superb.

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Loved this but really wanted more.

Looking forward to Toxxic the sequel when it comes out on Audible.
It has a really good British dystopian feel to it. My only minor criticism is that I felt the ending was a little rushed and felt inconclusive.

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Great story and heroine

Good to see older women getting starring roles. Complex plot and sympathetic characters. A scary vision of the near future.

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  • 05-02-24

interesting concept

great storyline. thought all characters well developed.. i thought that the behaviour of personalities and their actions for rights and their love for family were what humans would react in threse circumstances.

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Absolutely fantastic!

This was a fabulous book, sad when it ended and left me thinking about it for sometime after. A great spin on if women became the dominant sex in a dystopian world.

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A good take on a well-used trope

Hennigan’s Moths is a trope I like, but one that often feels too familiar – an event that affects a proportion of world’s population. In Moths the culprit is that of the title, and those affected are only men who, once infected, either die or turn violent, leaving the world to adapt to this problem. With men locked up and controlled to avoid infection, the women create their own society to control this problem. But there really is more to it all, and Mary soon finds herself in a troubling position. Hennigan manages to deliver a personal story with depth in a world that feel all-too-possible, and does so very well.

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It was ok

This is like a John Wyndham book which is a good thing, it's a good story maybe a bit dull I wanted more menace or something!

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Cool idea for a story

I think this book had so much potential, as the beginning was gripping but it sort of petered out. Narrator was excellent. Story idea was unique, overall I liked it.

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A masterpiece

What an unbelievable experience to be swept away in the hands of such a virtuoso of literature both the author and the narrator. I only wish I would have a fraction of her skills as a wordsmith to do it justice here. Thank you both.

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Riveting

If you've ever thought to yourself 'the world would be a better or more peacful place without men', this is the book for you. Jane Hennigan has brilliantly created a thoroughly realistic post-apocalypse where the man-made and man-run industries and infrastructure has all but collapsed. A man-hating book this is most definitely not.
I did question whether the depiction of the misogynistic lesbians running the show teetered on negative tropes at times, however, on reflection I think it is more of a nod to Animal Farm/bolshevism with the dominant adopting the worst of their former oppressor's traits.
The narration of this book by Juanita McMahon is perfect. I would love to see it as a film.

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  • 15-02-22

disappointed

this book was nothing like I thought it would be. hugely disappointing. there are just no words for how much I wanted to like this book.

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  • 26-03-22

Kept me listening

The performance was fantastic. Enjoyed this book and will listen to the next for sure. dystopian post-apocalypse is my favorite genre and I hadn’t read one I felt was unique in quite some time. Great listen!

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