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Monday, February 21, 2022

Review: Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

A huge thanks to Nightfire for this gifted book!

Publisher: Nightfire
Publish Date: February 22, 2022
304 Pages
Genres: Horror, Queer, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction

Y: The Last Man meets The Girl With All the Gifts in Gretchen Felker-Martin's Manhunt, an explosive post-apocalyptic novel that follows trans women and men on a grotesque journey of survival.

Beth and Fran spend their days traveling the ravaged New England coast, hunting feral men and harvesting their organs in a gruesome effort to ensure they'll never face the same fate.

Robbie lives by his gun and one hard-learned motto: other people aren't safe.

After a brutal accident entwines the three of them, this found family of survivors must navigate murderous TERFs, a sociopathic billionaire bunker brat, and awkward relationship dynamics―all while outrunning packs of feral men, and their own demons.

Manhunt is a timely, powerful response to every gender-based apocalypse story that failed to consider the existence of transgender and non-binary people, from a powerful new voice in horror.

My Review:

First of all, this may be one of my favorite covers of all time! I mean, just look at it!!  Second, this is the first time in a VERRRRRRY long time that I read other reviews before writing mine.  In all honesty, I probably would've given this book 3-3.5 stars.  But I'm rating it higher because (1) fuck you to the haters who auto-rate it without even reading it because of their transphobia and (2) because I love that this is unlike anything I've ever read before and gave me some insight that I didn't know prior to reading this.  I read other reviews, which don't influence mine, but to see how some own voiced reviewers felt about this book and to further educate myself.  This book may not be for everyone, but what book is? And it's good to see these types of books coming out rather than the usual, same old regurgitated storylines that we've seen over and over again.

Our main characters are trans men and women who are facing their own safety, self worth, demons and more all the while fighting off men who have become feral... legit wild nonhumans that well, I may have met a man or two like that. *wink* ha.  Not only do they have to journey while avoiding these creatures, they're also on the run from the TERFS - it's a full on TERF war out there and it's scary AF.  While this book may be at the extreme, I think it very well highlights what the trans community has to go through on the daily.  I honestly don't know why people don't just let people live their lives the way that they want to.  It boggles the mind.

There's so much that I want to say but I think it's best for everyone to read this book.  It's gory, full of fluidity (in gender, sexuality AND actual fluids), some of it is a bit over the top but hell, it's nice to see trans representation as everyone deserves to see themselves in the pages that they read. 


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