In The Invasion of Peasant Earth, Barbara G Louise takes humanity to the year 3683 and creates an Anarkhist (her spelling) society.
A nuclear war has made all big cities uninhabitable. Survivors live in an agrarian world culture in which small villages are surrounded by farms, and the entire world is a mega-cooperative with no money, taxes or crime.
The citizens of Earth (dubbed “Earthers”) have developed a “permanently peaceful non-violent, racially diverse, world-wide society in which everyone…has enough to eat, a roof over their heads, comfortable clothing, and interesting useful work to do.” Anyone may have sex with anyone, regardless of gender, whenever they want, and jealousy is non-existent. There are no male or female roles.
Unfortunately, a group of elite Earthers escaped the nuclear war to a planet in a distant star system, taking their violent, misogynistic, racist ways with them. Because of their use of cloning to replenish the population and the fact that most females have died, thinning the gene pool and causing malformed test-tube babies, the elites are set to invade Earth, wiping out any men that get in the way in order to bring back a miles-long spaceship filled with white women.
Readers who expect, from the title, graphic battles between alien monsters and Earth’s human beings, will be somewhat disappointed. The actual invasion is a small part of the book, and the monsters are humans.
Louise uses the characters’ words and actions to explain how the idealist anarkhy works, and readers will find it easy to envision. Unfortunately, they will struggle to believe any society could be this utopian. Readers also might tire of characters being described by skin and hair color, clothing and other concrete identifying characteristics.
Although the author’s concepts are interesting food for thought, the book could be improved if it included more invasion and less description, and if the society left on Earth were easier to buy into.
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