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The Maquisarde

by Louise Marley

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This novel is set in the future, when the world is divided by the Line of Partition, with the "haves" on the "civilized" side of the line (mostly North America and Europe) and the rest of the world on the other side. A large corporate entity, InCo, runs the privileged countries, and allows no interaction, including aid, to the underprivileged parts of the world.
Edriel, a talented musician, lives in Paris on the "good" side of the line largely oblivious to the inequities of the world until the day her husband and daughter are killed by an alleged terrorist attack. She soon comes to believe that in fact InCo, rather than terrorists, are responsible for their deaths, and vows revenge.
She joins a resistance group known as the Chain, and here's where the novel parts ways with more typical futuristic good guys v. bad guys shoot-em-up. The Chain devotes its efforts to rescuing children in peril on the wrong side of the Line, bringing them to its headquarters in a former space hotel orbiting Earth. The children are trained as leaders and then returned to their former countries.
Edriel goes along with these rescues, while planning her own revenge against InCo. The focus of the book is actually Edriel's inner journey to the realization that violent revenge is not the answer. I liked that the focus of the book was not, as in so many books like this, on death and destruction, but on rebirth and rebuilding.
I also labeled this as "feminist" because nearly all members of the Chain are female (one major exception being the leader, Papa, a brilliant scientist suffering a crippling disease. He runs the operation from the space hotel where the lack of gravity eases the debilitating pain he suffers.).
I don't think this would be a book for someone who doesn't like sci-fi, but if you are an occasional reader of the genre, you might enjoy this. I've read another book by Louise Marley which I also enjoyed The Glass Harmonica, which involves time travel (and music--for the glass harmonica of course. Marley is a classically trained musician.). ( )
  arubabookwoman | Mar 15, 2016 |
This is the 3rd Marley I've read in a short span of time. Enjoyment has decreased with each book.

This one sets up an interesting future of Earth, filled with chaos and politics (complete with the blind privileged and the lying bastard leader). Lies come too close, privilege doesn't protect, and everything comes crashing down. So far so good.

The ending doesn't fit this world. It's sugar coated saccharine with a grafted-on love story that just doesn't work. The 2 aren't compatible; they're "love" is told, not shown. The end of the action is anti-climactic and feels like a cheat. The dénouement "twist" is foreshadowed with the sledgehammer of subtlety and frankly stinks. ( )
  GinnyTea | Mar 31, 2013 |
I have it in my head that Louise Marley is considered a feminist sci-fi writer, although I can't find anything in her books that would confirm it. Earlier in the year, I read Marley's shallow The Child Goddess, and sadly, The Maquisarde is just as disappointing. Set in a future where the world is divided into corporate colonies, flutist Ebriel Serique becomes a resistance fighter when her husband and daughter are murdered under suspicious circumstances. The story becomes painfully predictable: Ebriel saves the world, overthrows the corporate baddies and learns to love again. But she only finds true happiness when she issues another child and leaves the world-saving business behind.

Forgive the bitter review. I'm feeling headachey, and it's tainting the (already disinclined) memory. ( )
1 vote unabridgedchick | Mar 31, 2009 |
Ebriel Serique is living a life of luxury in late 21st century Paris. That is, until her husband and young daughter are murdered on the family yacht, supposedly by terrorists. It was in the Mediterranean, allegedly on the wrong side of the Line of Partition. Parts of the world have been ravaged by various biological plagues, so no chance are taken. The yacht is destroyed, and the bodies are cremated.

After another worldwide economic collapse, the International Cooperative Alliance (InCo) rules what has been called the “First World” (North America, Europe, Russia and Japan). The rest of the world is on the other side of the Line of Partition; no contact is permitted between them. Ebriel abandons her life of privilege and goes to InCo headquarters in Geneva to see General Glass, the InCo ruler. She is forced to publicly dig out the ID chip in her wrist, that all InCo citizens have, to get a chance to see General Glass, who treats her like an insect. She is sent to an isolated, but luxurious, prison, where she is sedated most of the time.

Ebriel’s outburst is shown on the underground news nets, not on the official ones, and is noticed by a man named Ethan Fleck and a group called The Chain. Suffering from advanced multiple sclerosis, Fleck and others live on what was to be an orbiting hotel. They keep out of InCo’s way by giving any inventions or bits of technology they develop. The Chain is a resistance group whose purpose is to pick up young people from the poor part of the world, bring them to the hotel, teach them things like proper hygiene and nutrition, then send them back home to teach others. Ebriel agrees to join the Chain for the express purpose of killing General Glass. Later, when she gets her chance to do it, she finds that she just can’t pull the trigger.

James Bull is a Blackfoot Indian from Montana, and a loyal member of InCo security. He is part of the security detail the day that Ebriel almost kills General Glass. Knowing that she isn’t a real terrorist, James does some digging in the InCo archives and finds that the official story concerning the deaths of Ebriel’s husband and daughter has little to do with the truth. They fall in love and he saves her life, more than once.

This book is excellent. It’s a tale of one person finding out what they are made of on the inside. It’s interesting, and plausible, and really well done. ( )
  plappen | Sep 13, 2008 |
In the 21st century, The Line of Partition literally divides the advanced nations from the third world nations. Ebriel Serique sees nothing wrong in her world, until her husband and daughter are killed when their yacht crosses the line. But, did it really cross or were their deaths part of of a government comnspiracy. In her grief, she joins with the Chain, a rebel organization trying to overthrow a despot. A great furturistic thriller. ( )
  jshillingford | Jul 9, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441011071, Mass Market Paperback)

Near the end of the 21st century, the murder of her husband and daughter by terrorists drives Ebriel Serique to venture beyond her charmed life to confront the truth about the world. And while she never would have suspected it, Ebriel discovers that she has the courage for anything--even violence.

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"In the final few years of the twenty-first century, life in Paris is quiet for Ebriel Serique and her family. They live protected by the glass walls of their skyscraper apartment, safe from the poverty-stricken inhabitants in countries on the other side of the Line of Partition. Talented, comfortable, and content, Ebriel never questions her life. Until one day, her husband and daughter go sailing, and are murdered by terrorists who claim their yacht had crossed the Line." "Driven by grief and hunger for justice, Ebriel ventures beyond the confines of her charmed life to confront the truth about the way the world is run. She is now a resistance fighter, a maquisarde, as the old Corsicans put it, against her own deceitful government. And while she never would have suspected it, Ebriel discovers that deep inside, she has the courage for anything - even violence."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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