Review: The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey

Series: The Tower and the Hive #1
Published by: Ace
ISBN: 0441735762
ISBN 13: 9780441735761
Published: 1990
Pages: 328
Format reviewed: ePub
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Two out of Five
Related Reviews: Reading Challenge: Women of Speculative Fiction

This is part of my reading challenge for 2017, to expand my woeful knowledge of women in speculative fiction by reading at least 24 books by women that were and are instrumental in our genre.

Unfortunately, this book was a DNF for me. I struggled with the first section of the book and it melted into even more of a mess the longer it went on. We’re told that as have the greatest talent and that is The Rowan, however the Gary-Sue character of Jeff is apparently somehow also stronger, doesn’t respect anything, and yet this is somehow being passed off as a romance? The Rowan may be lonely and desperate for connection and yet it just made me uncomfortable throughout.

Instalove and the sudden ‘wifey’ aspect was cringeworthy. Bah.

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