Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating. —Andrea Dworkin

DNF. I rarely ever give up on books, but this one simply irritated me to the point that I couldn’t finish it. The concept was ‘been-there-done-that’, which is to be expected with shifter books – hiding from the humans and being chased, humans trying to create supersoldiers. But what really turned me off was the fact that I really, Really wanted to bang Nivea and Eli’s heads together. Eli is an unmitigated jerk:

“Don’t sound so excited about someone getting their head ripped off. You’re a female, remember.”

“What the hell is that supposed to mean?”

He sighed, wanting this conversation to be over, wanting this stupid assignment to be over, once and for all. “It means that you might want to start acting more like a female than a G.I. Jane. From the time you wake up in the morning until you close yourself off in your room after dinner, you’re either in the field looking for a fight, or in the cafeteria picking a fight, or just always looking for some way to be physical. That’s not what females do.”

Uh – Excuse Me?? She is a GUARD, Dude! That is what she is being trained for, and she is darn good at it – one of the best. And yet, you demean her this way? Of course, Nivea is no brain trust herself. Her actions are immature at best, stupid at worst.

Then there was the rape scene. . . That did it for me. Ugh. Though I appreciate the opportunity to read the book for review,  I won’t be reading any more of Arthur’s works. I wish I could say different, but I simply found the characters unbearable.