- Title: The Colony
- Author: Jillian Weise
- ISBN: 9781593762674
- Page: 425
- Format: Paperback
Anne Hatley is a sharp witted and acerbic young teacher from the South, in need of a reprieve from the drudgery of work and an increasingly tedious relationship She accepts an invitation to the nation s largest research colony, where scientists DNA pioneer James D Watson among them hope to cure Anne of a rare gene that affects her bone growth She is missing a leg andAnne Hatley is a sharp witted and acerbic young teacher from the South, in need of a reprieve from the drudgery of work and an increasingly tedious relationship She accepts an invitation to the nation s largest research colony, where scientists DNA pioneer James D Watson among them hope to cure Anne of a rare gene that affects her bone growth She is missing a leg and walks with a prosthesis Anne feels fine the way she is, and she strives to maintain her resolve under pressure from her peers and from doctors eager to pioneer an experimental procedure, which would make her the first patient to generate a new leg Meanwhile, she falls into a reluctant romance with the rakish Nick, possessor of the suicide gene befriends Charles Darwin, who is on site digging through the eugenics archive and attempts to come to terms with her first love.The Colony is the story of one young woman struggling to accept who she is, and who she will become It is also a novel that mines some of the most polarizing issues of our time among them, medical ethics, body image, and genetic engineering.
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For 5,000 dollars a month, would you go live in a colony and allow scientists to poke, prod, analyze, and attempt to modify or mutate your genes? Clink on link to read full reviewwwwbookbabe/2010/
I am familiar with Jillian's poetry and was super-pumped to discover her fiction. The story is interesting and the ways in which Weise weaves in historical research adds to the plot. I like the short, titled chapters, especially those interludes that almost feel like wry metacommentary. The protagonist's ambivalence about relationships, her life, the ambitions of geneticists to "repair" a condition she has always known (she has one leg, the other being a sophisticated prosthetic leg) make her an [...]
I have mixed feelings about this. In terms of self-identity and ableism, spot on and 5 stars. And I thought the layering of story with interludes was great, really interesting and they complemented the story well.I expected, and didn't get, a more thorough exploration of the ethics of genetic modification. And I was expecting more 'science' in a book set in a research colony, among the human guinea pigs being experimented on, but that was not to be.But I was extremely annoyed by the elements of [...]
Brilliant debut. This book has been on my hold list for a year. Checked at the library and it had been reshelved at its home library, and I forgot why I'd held it, and where I'd discovered I wanted to read it. So when the book did arrive, I was ready for some interesting surprises. Jillian Weise is a skilled writer, a keen observer of the human condition, and a smart and sassy reviewer of the ridiculous. I haven't found many modern novels that feature fully-formed women. Dimensional, complicated [...]
I liked:- the unconventional way this was written -- the interludes of lists, etc- the protagonist, generally- the commentary on ableism and genetic ethicsI didn't so much like:- how eventually the characters got so ~*~quirky~*~ that they were paper dolls doing things that don't make sense with no consequences. Character X makes a suicide attempt (real? fake?) and within one sentence -- in the middle of the scene! -- it's completely forgotten, never to be mentioned again. The main character acts [...]
Woot, woot! I loved the interludes between chapters in this book. It felt sort of like poetry that I could grasp, and that is a rare occurrence. After Langston Hughes, Weise is the probably the only poet/novelist out there who can hook me with a poem. I really liked the blend of snarky, sassy dialogue and sci-fi/futuristic don't-drink-the-water-or-trust-the-doctors eugenics plot.Weise is a great friend from my BsAs days and we hung out together a lot when she was working on The Colony, so I felt [...]
An amazing first novel. It reminded me of other outstanding books set in a dysfunctional future, books like THE HANDMAID'S TALE or FAHRENHEIT 451. The protagonist, Anne Hatley, is also insanely likeable. She's both intelligent and childlike, sexy and cold, thoughtful and impulsive—demonstrating a wonderful complexity to which we can all relate. But finally—and possibly most importantly—I loved the book because of what it said about the expectations society puts on us to be "normal" and/or [...]
Click the image to watch the video book reviewIt’s been a while since I’ve done a book review. It feels weird, like I’m returning to an abandoned lover, hoping for a warm reception. Please, viewer, take me back!This time I’m looking at The Colony by Jillian Weise, a novel about a science collective/get-away for people with genetic abnormalities. But this book is less The X-Men and more if Gilmore Girls had predispositions to suicide and strange abilities to grow missing appendages. Trust [...]
I appreciated the exploration of science and genetics. I also thought the book was overall very well-written. I appreciated the Darwin scenes, as well as the exploration of how the 'disabled' are treated in society. I thought the book had a voice often unrepresented. The female character was strong and interesting, sexual and powerful. At times, the book seemed to be wandering, with the sudden disappearance of Mercedes and the back and forth with Nick. It kind of fell apart a bit at the end, and [...]
Jillian is so much cooler than me, I'm always surprised that she's my friend. This is a fantastic novel. Read it.
Okay, this is from a rough draft paper I just wrote, so it's going to be dry and thoroughThe Colony is the story of a young woman, Anne Hatley, who is invited to a research facility in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, along with other paid volunteers who are also having their “genetic deficiencies” tested. Anne was born with one leg and has been mostly unhindered by it in her social and romantic life. Through the process of synthetic genomics, the researchers eventually attempt to grow a new [...]
Picked this up off the street - not what I might have chosen for myself, but a strong narrator with a great voice.
Unreadable. Just didn't care where it was going and what she had to say.
Funny, moving, weird, crass, disturbing, thought-provoking and wonderful.It's been a while since a book surprised me as much as this one did.
While not my favorite read this year, this book is a real conversation starter. You definitely need at least 2 other people to talk about it with. It’s made to be dissected.
Favorite line: You are willfully murdering the roses.
Very funny and bizarre. If you liked Orphan Black, you will like this book.
Using human beings as literary guinea pigs is not an unheard of practice—so many authors explore elements of their lives or their world through their writing, things and occurrences that they would have no other way of experiencing—but Jillian Weise takes this conceit into new territory. In her hands, the five test subjects at the core of The Colony are victims to their genetics in ways only magical realism can allow. Magical realism, albeit sparingly used.In The Colony, we’re introduced t [...]
"everyone takes their bodies seriously. I think that's whywhen they see meey say I'm brave because I remind them they're something like mica""No one should feel like a condition, as if their life, how people see them, revolves around a microscopic chromosome. And don't give me the b.s. about finding someone who looks beyond that. what am I supposed to do? be so happy, so appreciative when I find someone who looks beyond me?"I think that these 2 quotesd I shortened both a littlee good to explain [...]
Extremely well written -- funny and poetic and terribly sad and moving at the same time. The scientific satire was crisp and original, and the meditations, both comic and deeply serious, on what it means to have one leg (be different) are mesmerizing. I resisted the fantastic nature of some parts -- like the Darwin interludes (I like my sci fi "realistic", which is my problem), but eventually let go and enjoyed the author's playfulness.What I didn't come around to was what seemed like the repeti [...]
Last one, but I am just starting. Funny. Fast~paced. I'm enjoying it even tho their are things about it I don't like.I was very interested in how at first Nick was gungho about science & Anne was very suspicious, but then Anne caved to percieved public pressure to have two 'natural' (?) legs. She was right, tho, it was a horrifying but realistic ending. An ironic twist in the relationships between Anne/Science/Nick.But I do think the relationship(s) took up to much of the book. Altho I found [...]
This book explored a lot of things I have thought about in the past such as: what are the ramifications if if science "advances" to "fix" "birth defects"? (Apologies for that obnoxious amount of quotation marks) For the most part, I was satisfied with the tone and points made by this discussion. Weise is unquestionably a clever, talented writer who often had me turning pages frantically and gleefully. Sometimes I felt like the romantic story overshadowed the discussion of disability issues, whic [...]
An interesting premise- a genetics company has recruited a group of individuals for their "defective" genes in order to study their genes and offer them a cure. If given the option to grow a limb you'd never had, would you do it? That's the central question posed to the protagonist, Anne Hatley, as she also wrestles with lovers past and present.Weise does a great job of exploring how Anne identifies herself, how she believes others think about her, and how she wants to be perceived. Some element [...]
The Colony follows Anne Hatley, a one-legged English teacher who volunteers to live at an institution called the Colony for three months. There, she is told that her genetics will be studied and her leg will be regenerated. The premise is intriguing: a group of people with varying genetic defects are stuck together for three months while scientists perform tests on them and the media prods them. Jillian's writing is at times beautiful, quirky and funny. The Colony was touted as a dystopian novel [...]
This is THE BEST novel I have read in quite a while. It deals with issues concerning ability/disability, ableism, the "corrective" model of disability, and self-image in new, exciting and interesting ways. (I am being general here in order to avoid spoilers!) It's clear that the author has some inside-experience with topics surrounding disability and ableism. This is an amazing book, and I recommend it particularly for PWDs who (like myself!) have been wishing for more interesting and complex di [...]
Part Cronenberg, part 'Geek Love', "The Colony" looks at bioethics (stay with me), the possibilities of gene manipulation (almost there), and good old fashioned girl with one leg meets boy with the biological imperative to kill himself. Can you say LOVE STORY?!? "The Colony" moves quickly, is funny as hell, and reminded me quite a bit of something Vonnegut would have written if he were a woman's studies major (hey, I like masturbating too, but I'm not gonna major in it).
So great. Anne Hatley was chosen to go to The Colony because of her DNA. The story follows her through her months at The Colony as she develops relationships with her fellow colonists and works with the doctors. Interesting story-telling that bounces around all over the place, but still manages to follow a clear narrative. In other words, weird and quirky, but still very human. Loved it.
A colony of genetic misfits who are paid big bucks to be guinea pigs for experimental genetic therapies. The author has done her homework and situates the story in the context of turn of the 20th century eugenics, complete with Cold Springs Harbor and Charles Davenport. Somehow she makes the story fun and light, though sometimes maybe to its detriment.
Poet turned novelist in the most graceful way possible! You can tell in the language, and nothing made me cringe. Best thing ever. Patchwork format: chapters, documentation, also in the incredible/intimate detail on bodily sensation and messy emotional encounters (and how the two can be the same thing).
I'm reviewing this and 2 others to decide what to read next. If I just go by the back cover, I have to wonder if it's Dublin material. Sorry, this is not for me. I read some reviews of it and I will not be putting it on my list to read later.
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