By the time you read this (if anyone does) I'll be peeing and bleeding for half-million-dollar stakes. Sounds kind of exciting, doesn't it? And also gross?
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One of the main characters is gay, and there is a lot of homophobia and homosexual oppression, even brutality, by the new extremist Christian government. The only major female character is a social climber, an ambitious player, wholly unsympathetic, which allows her to be dispensed with fairly quickly. I detected what seemed to me to be a homo-erotic charge between best friends Greg and Sanjay, though it’s never acknowledged as such.Interestingly, Perry mentions all this, but makes no judgment upon it. I'd been looking forward to seeing whether she would notice the same dearth of female characters as Tam did. Apparently she noticed it, but it wasn't enough to dampen her enthusiasm. Both reviewers agree on a few things:
I’m curious as to whether non-extremist Christians might read this and think, “It wouldn’t be so bad if all this came to pass, but of course without the torture and killing.”
Anyhow, if you can stomach it, it's a chance to see what an Ivy League corporate attorney in Manhattan thinks of you when he's pretty sure you're not going to read it. Because he thinks you can't.