When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India. As she plots her exit, she learns of The Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run. This is her salvation. Slipping out in the cover of night, with a knapsack full of supplies including a pozit GPS system, a scroll reader, and a sealable waterproof pod, she sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth.
Meanwhile, Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home. She joins up with a caravan of misfits heading across the Sahara. She is taken in by Yemaya, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. They are trying to reach Addis Abba, Ethiopia, a metropolis swirling with radical politics and rich culture. But Mariama will find a city far different than she ever expected—romantic, turbulent, and dangerous.
As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core.
Written with stunning clarity, deep emotion, and a futuristic flair, The Girl in the Road is an artistic feat of the first order: vividly imagined, artfully told, and profoundly moving.
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MONICA BYRNE studied at Wellesley College and MIT. She's a writer and playwright based in Durham, North Carolina.
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I only got 23 pages into this book before I gave up. I usually try to push through books to around 50 pages or so, but I just couldn't with this one. This review is not going to be very long, seeing how I didn't get very far.
The book opens up with Meena, the lead character I think, leaving her home for Mumbai because she got attack by a snake. Around page 19 or 20 we get the first mention of the Trail. I really don't know how to put this. I really didn't care for the writing at all, that's what ultimately made me put down the book. The author was doing a lot of telling not showing, when I feel like somethings in the beginning should of have so detail. Meena, as a character wasn't doing it for me, I don't know why, maybe it was to early for me to try and find something likable about her. Maybe it was the writing of the author, because during a scene in the book, we got zero emotion from Meena when I feel like we should got something, even if it was a common thing for her, but for us the readers it was the first time we experienced it.
Finally, this book felt like it was the second in a series. Like we should already know what's going on with Meena. I kept wondering did I miss something, was there another book before this and it's not. I'm not for information dumping, but Meena mentioned the Semena Werk a few times, and I expected to have a little information about them, but all we got so far was just a sentence and it wasn't much.
I really wanted to like this book, the synopsis drew me in, but I was let down. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.