I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
There is so much that I love about this book. This is a companion story to the Ginecean Chronicles. Its an offshoot from the main series but adds so much to it. Marie's Journey introduces us to areas of Ginecea that we only hear about in the main series. We first meet Marie, a young fathered woman, who is leaving school to train as a nurse at Redfarm. She gets a harsh introduction to the real world here where she finds out that life isn't always the way she has been lead to believe. She gets her first look at the lives of men, who she has never been in contact with before. After getting into a bit of trouble, we take the journey with her to the waste plants, a place we have heard about in the main series. Through her eyes we see how things really are and how unexpected hardships can come at any time.
The treatment of the fathered woman and the men, as well as heterosexual couples, by the Pure Breed women is almost akin to the stories of Nazi torment. People are shot or beaten at a whim of a Pure Breed woman. If a woman is raped it was because she was enticing her tormentor and is punished for it.
I love the characters in this as well as the rest of the series. Marie, while young, is a strong person. She has been taught what is proper for society but soon comes to make her own decisions about what is right and wrong. We also see that not everyone is so easily categorize. Some of those that are Pure Breed didn't believe as most did, they risked their lives to help fathered women as well as men. They believed that as human beings they are entitled to be treated well. No one should be starved, beaten, or murdered simply because are born differently.
Marie's Journey can be read alone, but I don't think it would have affected me as much if I hadn't read The Priest first. It adds a lot of information to areas that were only touched on in the rest of the series, but at the same time is a story all its own. Love the stories, love the characters, love the message. Awesome read! Awesome series!