A review by mschlat
The Cassandra by Sharma Shields


On the positive side, Shields writes the protagonist with a stunningly clear and disturbing voice. Mildred, who works at the Hanford Site during WWII as it produces plutonium, has regular visions about her own life and the lives who will be affected by atomic bombs. And Shields compellingly writes her an as outsider, with a perspective that alternates between naivete, mysticism, and the pain of knowing too much.

On the negative side, this turned out to be a much, much, much darker novel than I expected (and what the dust cover synopsis proffered), and I found it difficult to read the last third or so due to the content. Shields has a clear message with the novel, but it's not one I appreciated reading.