Book Review

Extraordinary Machine

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Valentine De Landro
Release: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Image


Kelly Sue Deconnick and Valentine De Landro, BITCH PLANET, EXTRAORDINARY MACHINEIn a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman’s failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?

I haven’t heard much about Bitch Planet. What little I had heard was from the podcast I listen to, All the Books. I didn’t think it would be my cup of tea but I’m pouring myself another, preparing for the second one.

Bitch Planet is set in a world where women who don’t fit certain standards are sent to a prison on another planet. It has a name other than Bitch Planet but the moniker sticks. One woman is framed for the murder of another and she must create a sports team to compete against the guards.

I instantly had a Longest Yard moment but this is so much better than an Adam Sandler movie. There are women kicking ass, taking names, and not taking shit from anyone.

I love the toughness of the characters, the softness of the few that show their vulnerability, and the fight to survive. Deconnick and De Landro make a powerful team, creating a world that seems like a true horror, something people worry about in today’s world.

I would say this is as important as The Handmaid’s Tale and Only Ever Yours, touching on the same issues for women and what women need to be in the world. It’s grittier, it angered me, and made me disappointed in the world – this made me think and it made me worry. Now I just need to figure out where I put that second one.


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