The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch
The Book of Joan, by Lidia Yuknavitch
"In Lidia Yunavitch's dystopian future, Earth has been reduced to dust, and humanity to colorless, sexless beings living under the oppressive regime of Joan de Men. Memory is the catalyst for resistance in this novel, and Yuknatvitch has taken the story of Joan of Arc and shaped it into a searing, sexy , and timely novel punctured with poetry, fierceness, and experimental prose she is known for." -Recommended by Kelsey
In the near future, world wars have transformed the earth into a battleground. Fleeing the unending violence and the planet's now-radioactive surface, humans have regrouped to a mysterious platform known as CIEL, hovering over their erstwhile home. The changed world has turned evolution on its head: the surviving humans have become sexless, hairless, pale-white creatures floating in isolation, inscribing stories upon their skin.
Out of the ranks of the endless wars rises Jean de Men, a charismatic and bloodthirsty cult leader who turns CIEL into a quasi-corporate police state. A group of rebels unite to dismantle his iron rule--galvanized by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her and communes with the earth. When de Men and his armies turn Joan into a martyr, the consequences are astonishing. And no one--not the rebels, Jean de Men, or even Joan herself--can foresee the way her story and unique gift will forge the destiny of an entire world for generations.