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2017 Year in Review: Rape

I know I said I would do better this year at making notes when I encountered rape in a book, but I actually did worse in general at taking notes and keeping gr up to date on my reading. Instead, I moved, took a new job, spent some time abroad, and generally failed on being organized across all swaths of life...


Following what I did last year, I'm going to discuss the few prominent rapes in my fiction reading, rather than a detailed list. Also, I'm using the spoilers tag for the whole because, yeah, spoilers. But I'm not using the spoiler tags for individual book descriptions. Scan at your own risk.

Six of Crows has a POV character who spent a portion of her childhood as a sex slave. This isn't detailed, which is a relief. Her experiences tie back into the main plot well. Her skill set predates this unfortunate time in her life, so it isn't actually the whole of back story.


A Study In Scarlet Women, with spoilers for the mystery's plot line, child sex slaves are central to the murders. Honestly, if I weren't so in love with the prose and characters, this reveal would have put me off the series. The second book is amazing and lacks this issue.


Just One Damned Thing After Another features two attempted rapes both foiled by plucky heroine. I discussed this in my review. This is definitely lazy writing, but I'm still interested in continuing the series.


Cloak of War includes a bad guy threatens to rape protagonist as soon as he can defeat her in battle. Obviously, he doesn't ever defeat her. This is definitely lazy writing, but with only one book left, I'm going to finish this trilogy.


Hunger Makes the Wolf has one lead who get assaulted will the intent to rape, which she escapes from. The injury she sustains ends up being important to the plot (at which point I literally rolled my eyes at the laziness). But then there is a eventually a purpose in the larger plot, where the two heroines arcs sink up to stop this man from victimizing more girls. And the plot works really well.


Maybe this will be the year where I finally take notes?