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“Lively, thought-provoking . . . the plot is ingenious, packing a wallop of a surprise . . . Tepper knows how to write a well-made, on-moving story with strong characters. . . . She takes the mental risks that are the lifeblood of science fiction and all imaginative narrative.”—Ursula K. LeGuin, Los Angeles Times

Since the flames died three hundred years ago, human civilization has evolved into a dual society: Women’s Country, where walled towns enclose what’s left of past civilization, nurtured by women and a few nonviolent men; and the adjacent garrisons where warrior men live—the lost brothers, sons, and lovers of those in Women’s Country.

Two societies. Two competing dreams. Two ways of life, kept apart by walls stronger than stone. And yet there is a gate between them. . . .

“Tepper not only keeps us reading . . . she provokes a new look at the old issues.”—The Washington Post

“Tepper’s cast of both ordinary and extraordinary people play out a powerful drama whose significance goes beyond sex to deal with the toughest problem of all, the challenge of surmounting humanity’s most dangerous flaws so we can survive—despite ourselves.”—Locus

Fiction & Literature
February 1
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Ckoncurat ,

Great dystopian fantasy

At first this society seems to oppress women.. but keep reading. A great page turner, a great commentary on women’s rights.

zenfrodo ,

Great story from an SF Master, but...

What IS it about ebooks that they're plagued with nonsensical typos and formatting issues that aren't in the original book? In this age of computers, surely it's not so hard for editors to use the same edited manuscript for both hardcopy and ebook? Lines that run together, words combined so that sentences make no sense ("of ten" combined to "often", in one example, so the sentence makes no sense), misspellings -- don't editors bother actually reading? Or do they just run a spellchecker and hope for the best?

Anyway, all the typos and errors aside, this is one of my favorite SF stories, a very human, emotional tale about certain feminist and evangelical Christian ideologies taken out to their logical conclusion in a post-apocalyptic era. There's no right on either side, though horror and wrong abound on both sides. Unfortunately, one can see too many parallels in Women's Country garrisons to the jingoistic warmongering that's taken over segments of the US, for all that Gate was written long before 9/11.

You'll find yourself outraged and thoughtful in turns, and the characters will stay with you. The story is compelling, and heartbreaking. Highly recommended.

Tritsy2 ,

An experience worth repeating

I've read this book a few times, but many years ago. I am buying it to re-read, because it keeps coming back to me. The ideas, the triumphs, the culture of this world... They make me think. Yet it was a very fun read, too!

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