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Since 2008, Freebird Books--a used bookshop on the Brooklyn waterfront--has held a monthly book club focused on post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels.

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April’s post-apocalyptic discussion: Before She Sleeps

In modern, beautiful Green City, the capital of South West Asia, gender selection, war and disease have brought the ratio of men to women to alarmingly low levels. The government uses terror and technology to control its people, and women must take multiple husbands to have children as quickly as possible. Yet there are women who resist, women who live in an underground collective and refuse to be part of the system. Secretly protected by the highest echelons of power, they emerge only at night, to provide to the rich and elite of Green City a type of commodity that nobody can buy: intimacy without sex. As it turns out, not even the most influential men can shield them from discovery and the dangers of ruthless punishment. (Our list of books read or for future consideration is here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-MliSYlL5Gm-IG6pmanMg8LEn5Jc4JbqZs_wZPCrIgY)

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