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The unit : a novel
Ninni Holmqvist
Adult Fiction HOLMQVI

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Swedish author Holmqvist's unconvincing debut, part of a wave of dystopias hitting this summer, is set in a near future where men and women deemed "dispensable"-those unattached, childless, employed in nonessential professions-are checked into reserve bank units for biological material and become organ donors and subjects of pharmaceutical and psychological experiments. When Dorrit Weger, who has lived her adult life isolated and on the brink of poverty, is admitted to the unit, she finds, to her surprise, comfort, friendship and love. Though the residents are under constant surveillance, their accommodations are luxurious, and in their shared plight they develop an intimacy rarely enjoyed in the outside world. But an unlikely development forces Dorrit to confront unexpected choices. Unfortunately, Holmqvist fails to fully sell the future she posits, and Dorrit's underdeveloped voice doesn't do much to convey the direness of her situation. Holmqvist's exploration of female desire, human need and the purpose of life has its moments, but the novel suffers in comparison with similar novels such as The Handmaid's Tale and Never Let Me Go. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Dorrit Weger
Age: 50s
On the brink of poverty; admitted to a reserve bank for medical experimentation and to have her organs donated; promised a nice apartment and good company to live her few remaining days in comfort; considered an outsider and a sacrifice for the "necessary ones"; resigned to her fate until she finds herself falling in love with a man inside the reserve bank; must decide if she should comply to her fate or escape.

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