ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Book Review: 'Vulture’s Wake'

Updated on January 27, 2018
tamarawilhite profile image

Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, industrial engineer, mother of 2, and a published sci-fi and horror author.

Introduction

Vulture’s Wake is a young adult science fiction novel set in a world where it seems women have entirely died out. This nearly female free world created by Kristy Murray is a step above Mad Max in chaos and destruction, but no better than most dystopian young adult books in the 2010s flood of such novels.

I read, write and review science fiction.
I read, write and review science fiction. | Source

Pros of the Book Vulture’s Wake

Vulture’s Wake by Kristy Murray is one of the few YA post apocalyptic books I’ve read based on a realistic premise of how all the women could die out. This is in contrast to almost all male worlds like the “White Plague” that kills all women outright and society is left scrambling for a cure, fire bombing of cordons to protect the few uninfected areas with women and biochemical manipulation and suspension of belief to rebuild the species.

Nor does this YA dystopian book create a fake utopia like “Ethan of Athos”, where a world without women becomes a world of brotherly love (literally and figuratively). In Vulture’s Wake, a super-flu leaves women alive but seemingly unable to give birth to living girls. Such a world has 30 years to figure out how to reproduce seemingly without women. Their solutions like artificial wombs and genetic manipulation aren’t utterly implausible, like some female only worlds assuming mass cloning and pathogenesis magically save the day (and the species).

The male-only world of Vulture’s Wake realistically demonstrates how society falls apart without women, and the steps men take to try to build families, fall into gangs and struggle to survive in such a dystopia. The commoditization of children in such a world is reasonable. The grim drudgery and flicker of hope in the old hydroponics farmer is a lost opportunity to flesh out the world; instead, he becomes a short chapter detailing the history of the world and a roadblock that slows down the Callum and Bo.

Cons of the Book Vulture’s Wake

While the protagonist “Bo” clearly exists, there’s no explanation of who raised her or how she came to exist. Did her mother die young while she was raised by scientists? Is she a clone or surprise creation in a rogue lab? Unlike the other foundling girl in the story who arrived with her mother or the other girls in Zennana raised to be a future source of ovum to create the next generation of boys, she is without a past. That hurts the story’s characterization. She just knows too much for her age, becoming a plot device as much as her robot dog-thing.

The author’s plot depends too heavily on random encounters to result in necessary sharing of information or rescue.

The ending requires a deus ex machina that is implausible even for her do-everything raptor/dog could do at that point. This mechanical side-kick has more tricks in it than Doctor Who’s K-9, to the point of absurdity.

The ending is juvenile even for young adult books. *** Spoiler alert *** Assuming that the two young teens and literal boatload of girl refugees will find the island destination that the female foundling vaguely remembers is overly optimistic in the least. *** Spoiler ending *** This YA dystopia has a happy ending only if you don’t care that the ending defies all reason.

Too many characters like the father who presume Callum dead or leader of Vulture’s Wake are pure tropes, with no real character depth nor development. And of course Boadicea saves the girls and (in theory) the human race.

Summary of Vulture’s Wake Book Review

The series of big reveals in Vulture’s Wake that give the human species more hope than initially seemed puts the survival of the human race in grave danger, though it is completely in line with the endless deus ex machine the author creates to solve every problem that a random chance encounter doesn’t.

I only give the book two stars instead of one because the person doesn’t turn the single-sex world into either an impossible utopia or irrational dystopia like to many novels in this genre do.

However, the book Epitaph Road by David Patneaude, with a nearly man-free world, is a far better young adult dystopia in both delivery and world-building.

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)