This is a debut novel by Melbourne writer Rebecca Bowyer and is an impressive foray into novel writing. It tells the story of Australia in a dystopian future where young women are forced to have two children after they leave school. The embryos are screened before implantation for any genetic abnormalities as they want to raise a population free of disabilities and congenital illnesses. Love does not play a part in this future world.
What they don't bet on is one mother Monica cannot give up her baby at the required 6 months of age when the babies are raised by a mother and father designated by the government.
When Monica's mother Alice - who is very high up in the government finds herself in a predicament, it causes all sorts of consequences in their lives.
This was a refreshing novel to read and not something I would have picked up but I liked the fact that it was set in Melbourne as I recognised some of the places mentioned within. It was nice to move outside my comfort zone! Its scary to think that the situation covered in the novel could possibly happen in the future, I hope not.
I look forward to seeing what this author brings to the table in her next novel!