The Book: The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo
The Core of the Sun mixes two main themes. The first focuses on the slow decline of individual freedom in the guise of promoting social good. Think Prohibition or the War on Drugs. The second addresses a male-dominated society that seeks control of women through creating distinctive categories for them. The Eusistocratic Republic of Finland has created a world where women are deemed as either an eloi or a morlock. Eloi have one purpose - sex or procreation. Intelligent and educated women are relegated to being labeled Morlocks and as such are condemned to menial labor and sterilized. Vanna, the main character is a Morlock living in disguise as an Eloi to ensure the maximum amount of "freedom" in this new world. The story follows her as she navigates her "freedom".
**I'm certain most readers have been there. You're reading and suddenly the movie version of the story begins to play in your head. Please tell me I'm not alone in this. My Five Things series is an ode to that. Each week, I choose a book and select five items I could easily see being in the movie version. Enjoy!