It seems that the situation with Tiffany’s pregnancy got a little bit more interesting. It’s a boy. As far as the women of Our Place know, he’s the only male on earth. And he’s perfectly healthy. But Lila realized that if they come across a sperm bank with enough viable sperm, they could theoretically start the world over again. But the question is: do they want to?
Since we’ve now established that Our Place isn’t somewhere where only women can be, that a boy born there can thrive there, it really seems like this book is trying to put a new perspective on a pretty old trope. It seems like it is in fact going to try and look at the way that men are socialized. Will the women of Our Place raise baby Alexander, and by extention any future children born there, differently? Would they make an effort to redefine masculinity? They’d have every opportunity to dismantle the more toxic aspects of modern masculinity. It’s really interesting, since rather than gender roles and notions of gender evolving organically over the course of hundreds or thousands of years, these women have the opportunity to start humanity all over again. They’d have a new beginning with the benefit of all of the knowlege that came before.
Meanwhile in Dooling, Evie’s body count raises, despite her still being in a cell in Dooling Correctional Facility. Judge Silver wanted to contact a colleague from out of town to get advice on how to order Clint to release Evie, but she couldn’t have anything leaving Dooling. So she manifests hundreds of moths into the air conditioning in his car, and they fly out and choke him while causing his car to go off the road and into a river.
We get another glimpse as well into the nature of Evie as a being. I’m not sure if she’s human, supernatural, both, or neither. Apparently she’s been around at least as long as the ancient greeks. She lives and dies like a human, but still lives and remembers her past lives. At least I think they’re past lives. It’s a bit cryptic. It’s unclear if she controls animals, or if she just influences their behavior. At the very least, she seems to be able to make moths appear out of nowhere. Which is frankly terrifying. I don’t tend to really get too scared by horror. I enjoy the genre, but I don’t often have a visceral reaction to what I’m reading. This time is different. I don’t know what it is about it, but this book has made moths scary. Even as I write, I get a horrible crawling feeling down my spine as I try to picture what Judge Silver’s last moments were like. Moths crawling all over him, crawling down his throat to choke him to death. It’s that crawling, disgusting horror that just shakes me to my core, and makes me feel like I just need a shower.