I don’t read many YA dystopian books, but the concept of Other Bodies piqued my interest, so I took advantage of the opportunity to review it.
Other Bodies is set in futuristic Philadelphia, in a world where virtual reality is blurred with reality. Author Joel Ohman invites us on a journey with sixteen-year-old Hattie Martins as she takes on a job at Managed Motherhood then discovers that she’s pregnant. What follows is a look at abortion from the eyes of a young, alone, destitute girl struggling to make sense of the world she’s in.
It’s not my usual reading, and I didn’t really understand the alternate chapters (won’t go into detail since it would be a spoiler) and why they were even there. But the book kept my attention. The characters were very clearly captured, and at times, I found myself thinking of them as real people rather than fictional characters. None of them were people I would normally hang around with, but Ohman gave me a glimpse into their inner feelings and helped me see the world as they see it.
Joel Ohman is Executive Director of AbortionFacts.com, and he wrote this book to help shine the light on abortion. For me, it wasn’t so much about the abortions themselves, but the victims, and not just the babies, but the girls and women, many of whom are victims as well. My heart broke for the young girls who thought that abortion was their only option, and then had to deal with the regret and heartbreak without anyone to comfort them. I just wanted to wrap my arms around them and share with them about the forgiveness and hope that Jesus offers.
If you’re looking for a well written book that will make you think, you’ll want to check out Other Bodies. Whatever your views on the subject, you’ll find it insightful and thought provoking.