An intriguing and engaging look at the concept of a matriarchal society.
Matriarchs: Eliza’s Revenge is the tale of a dystopian future where humans have left the Earth behind and have been able to colonise distant worlds, as well as having met sentient life.
Susan McDonough Wachtman explores this future world through the eyes of Winga and Rif as they undertake a plan to find out what illegal activities the governments of their respective planet and space agency are up to. In doing so, they get themselves involved with a plot to change the world for the better.
Wachtman has pre-empted my editing and grammar criticisms for the book by unpublishing her work in preparation for a re-release, so I am looking forward to finding this book again. Of note were the clunky on-screen appearance and weird ‘side bar’ sections that seemed to interrupt the story, though on a published page this would be much more useful. Grammatically, there were a few punctuation errors that the average reader would not note, but caught my eye on the read through.
However, despite the look, the tale itself was intriguing and engaging. The concept of a matriarchal society that has denounced their need for males is certainly on-topic, and the way in which the characters have cultural learning forced upon them is not far from the mark in real life as it were. The interplay between manipulative governing systems and rebelling citizens is a tale as old as time and Wachtman applies it well to her story. Science fiction at its most creative.
I found this a delightful read between heavier books, with just enough excitement (hello talking spaceships with personality!) and woman-power (who doesn’t want to see more women in charge?) that I would suggest this as a light book to break up your reading if you’re looking for a new adventure.
However – you will have to wait for its re-release and until then, you are missing out!
Reviewed by Zoe Butler
Distributed by: self-published
Original Released: July 2015
This book is currently unavailable. Keep an eye on Susan McDonough Wachtman’s website for the upcoming revised edition.