In 2179 Taylor Female 8635 is content with her profession as a cosmetics designer. She gave birth to the requisite two babies in her teens and now enjoys privileges beyond the norm. When stopping at a power station Taylor inadvertently overhears a conversation between the leaders of the North and the South. They have a plan to destroy the leader of the West in order to gain control over food production. When Maximilian Male catches her in the shadows, he uses her plight as his opportunity to leave the North.
Together they travel across the country, passing abandoned and derelict cities, countryside inhabited by uneducated tribes, villages with a minimum of social organization and barren wasteland in their quest to warn the leader of the West.
Without her prescribed medication laced meals, Taylor learns what it is like to feel emotions, to experience joy and feel heartbreak.
A United States of America of the future that is no longer united. It has divided into three portions, North, South and West.
Taylor from the North accidentally overhears the President of the North and the Chairman of the South conspiring to eliminate the government of the West, she wants to return to her home and pretend she hasn’t heard a thing, but one of the secret service agents finds her before she can escape. Max, another agent, rescues her and they go on the run. Their aim is to warn the government of the West.
There is quite a serious aspect to this book with only a few lighthearted moments. The pair meet many different groups of people, people they didn’t know existed, and on the way a mother gives them her baby, then promptly commits suicide. The two have now become three – well, two and a half – but they continue their journey.
Max sounds like a hunk of a man while at first Taylor is a wimp, but she soon comes out of her shell and the two work well together. The concept of the country is a little confusing at first but basically it’s science in the North with normal in the South. Taylor and Max have no idea what the rest of the country or the world is like.
A reasonably good read but this is not a “can’t put down book”. I found I had to take a breather for a few days, then get back into it again as I needed to assimilate what I’d read before I carried on to the next part.