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The Protector (Men of the North, #1) by Elin Peer
Series: Men of the North, #1
on July 3rd 2017
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
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400 years in the future, men are few and women rule the world.
Except for the area formerly known as Canada and Alaska, which is inhabited by the Men of the Northlands, a group of strong men, who refuse to be ruled by women.
Christina Sanders, an archeologist and professor in history, is fascinated with the past. As a modern woman of year 2437 she knows that women are better off without men, but longing for an adventure, she makes a spontaneous decision and volunteers for a job no one else wants. Now she’s going to lead an archeological excavation in the Northlands, the most secluded place on earth where the mythical males live who are rumored to be as brutal and dangerous as the men Christina has read about in her history books.
What will happen when Christina crosses into the men’s territory? Will they allow her to do her job and is there any way they’ll let her leave again – unharmed?
Review of The Protector
The Protector is the first novel in the Men of the North series by author Elin Peer. The story takes place 400 years in the future in what was once known as the United States. In this time, women are the primary rulers of the world, and the number of men have dwindled considerably. However, in a place known as the Northlands- what was once known as Canada and Alaska- Men are still in rule and women are scarce. A large, controlled wall separates land ruled by women from those ruled by man. Christina Sanders, an archaeologist with a fascination with the Northlands, decides to travel into the forbidden territory to excavate a site. It is on this journey that she meets Alexander Boulder, a Northman charged with ensuring her safety.
From the moment they meet, Boulder and Christina begin a tug-of-war of emotions and strength. Both characters feel passionately about their beliefs and ideals, which provides a great deal of heated emotion and charisma between them. Christina comes from a place devoid of conflict and anger, where things are peaceful, and everyone is considered equal. The few men in Christina’s society are considered “feminine” and soft. Men in the Northlands are tall, rugged, and fueled by strength, pride, and physical ability. This stark contrast between both societies if a constant point of upheaval and conflict between both characters.
It was fascinating to read about a futuristic, post World War III world, ruled clearly by women (except for the Northlands, of course). I found myself rooting on Christina quite a few times when Boulder argued with her about the inferiority and weakness of women. I found Christina to be an interesting character for a variety of reasons- her passion for helping others, adventurous spirit, and her ability to stand up for her beliefs. I did wish, however, she would have fought a little harder to journey back to the Northlands after having her request to return North denied.
Boulder was appealing in the sense that he was ruggedly handsome, a fierce fighter, and protective of Christina. My heart soared when he covertly snuck past the border into the women’s territory to win back Christina. I would say the only thing that truly frustrated me was his siding with Khan (the Northlands ruler) in the belief that men should be back in power- that they should take it away from the women. Christina and Boulder never did come to a strong realization in the strengths of the opposite sex, or the idea that both genders should have an equal stand of power in the world. I would have liked to see that a bit more.
The Protector was an entertaining, fast-paced read set in a creative and fascinating, futuristic world! Check it out today!