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ARC Review: The Divorce Colony

The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier by April White April White’s The Divorce Colony is set during the Gilded Age, in the America of the late 1800s. It revolves around the lax divorce rules then to be found in South Dakota.  Today, getting divorced is almost easier than getting married. But in the Gilded Age, divorces were not so easy to obtain. Divorce was viewed as a moral concern for the state, and was denounced from the pulpit for threatening the sanctity of marriage. Even President Theodore Roosevelt spoke out against it.  Laws around divorce tended to be most lax on the frontiers of the United States. By the 1880s the territory of Dakota gained the dubious honor of posting the largest rise in divorces in the country. At the turn of the century one city - Sioux Falls, South Dakota - gained a reputation for having the laxest divorce laws of all, and required only a three month residency in order to take advantage of them

Review: The Last Astronaut

The Last Astronaut by David Wellington
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Yes, it's a "fast-paced adventure", and yes, the science-y speculation about alien first contact is pretty cool and based on a neat idea. But still, this book just didn't really do a lot for me, and I wasn't sure exactly why until I read another reader's review of this - it's the lack of any real depth to the characters. I just didn't empathize with or feel invested in any of them. And because I didn't feel for the characters, it made the plot seem more formulaic than it would have otherwise.

It's exactly the opposite reaction I had to another highly rated book that I read recently - Little Fires Everywhere. In that case, I felt the book was all character studies and very little plot. Here, it's all action-adventure plot with stick figure characters.

I read the audiobook with narration by Megan Tusing, who did a good job. I could have done without the music in the "scary" parts that I guess was supposed to heighten your sense of "terror", but did little for me.