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The Downfall Of Manifesto The Great

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A twisty-turny origin story of a world far far away where women rock, but no one's willing to acknowledge it. At least, not yet.

I was first introduced to the Planet Hy Man in Kerrie Noor’s A Dress For A Queen And Other Short Stories. It’s a planet ruled by an astute class of women, along with a group of scientists who are creating a generation of super-beings in petri-dishes. It was innovative and fascinating. Of course, it’s only natural that I would want more. And Kerrie Noor has supplied it in her prequel to the series, The Rise of Manifesto the Great. In The Rise of Manifesto The Great, we are presented with Planet Hy Man’s origin story. In the beginning, men rule the planet. Inhabitants exists on hemp (and hemp by-products) as well as lots and lots of sex. Women, unfortunately, have the shorter end of the stick (sort of speak), their time primarily preoccupied with breeding and care-giving to the young. When the female contingency voices objection, they’re met with useless treaties espousing change but the fine print reveals only dressed-up versions of further subjugation. What’s a woman to do? Some find ways around the societal constructs and restrictions. Wife-ie, Aggie, LM-2, and Fanny, just to name a few. Women who know they have a substantial role to play on this new planet. Women who understand the importance of a female perspective. And when a reflector device provides a portal-like look into societal norms on Earth, this furthers their determination to fight for a planet made for and by women.



The premise on which this story is built is a solid one. However, at times, there are flaws in the execution. A series of convoluted storylines forced to converge, and the introduction of a confusing array of supporting characters that are difficult to keep track of, would be my predominant criticisms. There were a few editorial errors where the character of James the Strong is mislabeled as Manifesto The Great. And the flow of the story sometimes falters; seemingly trapped in an impenetrable corner. Only with the emergence of a plot twist or characters unforeseen, does the action continue. Deus ex machina? Perhaps. But with a story set in a far-off world inhabited by humanoid aliens, one can allow for a misshapen sense of reality.


Don’t misunderstand. There is plenty to enjoy in this book, not least of which is the humor. Noor’s unique use of rhetorical figures of speech for comic effect is on full display. Her social commentary, particularly in respect to patriarchal societies and gender roles, is pertinent and effectively rendered. The female characters have depth, intelligence, and complex interior lives. Whereas the male characters are shallow, manipulative, and driven by outward appearances. With the historical dominance of male-driven narratives, in books, television, and film, Noor’s contribution is especially refreshing. And the fact that Noor has created a relevant work in the form of a satirical sex romp makes her accomplishment even more impressive. With attention toward plot organization and detailed editing, this prequel series has amazing potential.


~G



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About the author

Kerrie Noor has in the past been a regular on Community Radio, ‘done’ a little stand up, story telling and taught Bellydancing. She has had one radio script performed on BBC Scotland and has been short listed for the Ashram short story award and a finalist in the ebook Page Turner prize. view profile

Published on March 31, 2021

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