The Cassandra

The Cassandra

Sharma Shields / Sep 16, 2019

The Cassandra The Cassandra follows a woman who goes to work in a top secret research facility during WWII only to be tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind Mildred Groves is an un

  • Title: The Cassandra
  • Author: Sharma Shields
  • ISBN: 1250197414
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Cassandra follows a woman who goes to work in a top secret research facility during WWII, only to be tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind.Mildred Groves is an unusual young woman Gifted and cursed with the ability to see the future, Mildred runs away from home to take a secretary position at the Hanford Research Center in the early 1940s H The Cassandra follows a woman who goes to work in a top secret research facility during WWII, only to be tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind.Mildred Groves is an unusual young woman Gifted and cursed with the ability to see the future, Mildred runs away from home to take a secretary position at the Hanford Research Center in the early 1940s Hanford, a massive construction camp on the banks of the Columbia River in remote South Central Washington, exists to test and manufacture a mysterious product that will aid the war effort Only the top generals and scientists know that this product is processed plutonium, for use in the first atomic bombs.Mildred is delighted, at first, to be part of something larger than herself after a lifetime spent as an outsider But her new life takes a dark turn when she starts to have prophetic dreams about what will become of humankind if the project is successful As the men she works for come closer to achieving their goals, her visions intensify to a nightmarish pitch, and she eventually risks everything to question those in power, putting her own physical and mental health in jeopardy Inspired by the classic Greek myth, this 20th century reimagining of Cassandra s story is based on a real WWII compound that the author researched meticulously A timely novel about patriarchy and militancy, The Cassandra uses both legend and history to look deep into man s capacity for destruction, and the resolve and compassion it takes to challenge the powerful Get A Copy Kindle Store UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 304 pages Expected publication February 12th 2019 by Henry Holt Company More Details ISBN 1250197414 ISBN13 9781250197412 Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Cassandra, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters Anticipated 2019 Literary Fiction 142 books 163 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 22, 2018 Geonn Cannon rated it liked it 3.5 I wanted to like this book a lot than I did I m not sure why exactly it didn t work for me, and I think it might be that I just never quite warmed to the main character The setting and plot were great, and Mildred was perfectly of her time She was exactly the type of person you might find rebelling against the family and society expectations set in front of her, but I also kind of found her bland She made the biggest decision of her life because of a vision She didn t make a choic 3.5 I wanted to like this book a lot than I did I m not sure why exactly it didn t work for me, and I think it might be that I just never quite warmed to the main character The setting and plot were great, and Mildred was perfectly of her time She was exactly the type of person you might find rebelling against the family and society expectations set in front of her, but I also kind of found her bland She made the biggest decision of her life because of a vision She didn t make a choice, she just saw it and basically shrugged and said, Guess I ll do this now It felt very much like the story was telling her, rather than her influencing events.I also debated whether or not to include this, since it does happen after the halfway point of the book, but there is a graphic and very violent depiction of sexual assault which some readers may find very upsetting flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 29, 2018 Crystal King rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction, magical realism The Cassandra is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth, this time set in Washington state It begins in the town where my own father grew up and so I immediately felt a connection to the characterOmak is not a place well known to many Mildred ends up at Hanford during WWII when the nuclear plant was most instrumental in making the most powerful weapon in the history of mankindThis is not an easy tale to read emotionally, particularly in our tumultuous times but it is brilliantly t The Cassandra is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth, this time set in Washington state It begins in the town where my own father grew up and so I immediately felt a connection to the characterOmak is not a place well known to many Mildred ends up at Hanford during WWII when the nuclear plant was most instrumental in making the most powerful weapon in the history of mankindThis is not an easy tale to read emotionally, particularly in our tumultuous times but it is brilliantly told and will leave you thinking for days and weeks to come flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 17, 2018 Nancy rated it liked it Shelves librarything 3.5Sharma Shield s novel The Cassandra was a very dark read The protagonist Mildred Groves gift of prophecy alienates her from her family and the larger society She struggles with a desire to fit in while visions reveal horrifying inevitabilities and men s true natures Mildred ceases the chance to escape her suffocating home and needy mother, thrilled to find work at a WWII government research facility in a remote part of Washington on the Columbia River The project will shorten the war, 3.5Sharma Shield s novel The Cassandra was a very dark read The protagonist Mildred Groves gift of prophecy alienates her from her family and the larger society She struggles with a desire to fit in while visions reveal horrifying inevitabilities and men s true natures Mildred ceases the chance to escape her suffocating home and needy mother, thrilled to find work at a WWII government research facility in a remote part of Washington on the Columbia River The project will shorten the war, she is told Mildred becomes an esteemed worker, makes her first best friend, and even gains an admirer She revels in the freedom.But night finds her sleepwalking and experiencing gruesome dreams of the project s dire consequences for humanity.Shields vividly describes the historical Hanford Project research facility, part of the Manhatten Project the wind and dust, the subjugation of minorities and women, the ignorance of the workers and the willingness of the researchers to risk environmental degradation to win the arms race Mildred s abuse and violent acts in response to her inability to change events around her are disturbing More disturbing is humanity s blind determination in believing that the ultimate weapon will save the world.I received a free book from the publisher through LibraryThing flag 3 likesLike see review Sep 15, 2018 Bandit rated it liked it review of another edition Book descriptions tend to give too much away, so I often merely skim them to determine interest From skimming this one I expected something with war experiments and psychics along the lines of mind control experiments of 50s, 60s and 70s, but this is essentially Manhattan Project material Creation and implementation of the atomic bombs during the end of WWII as witnessed by a helpless prophet Cassandra is a tragic figure of Greek Mythology There are different versions of the story, but tradi Book descriptions tend to give too much away, so I often merely skim them to determine interest From skimming this one I expected something with war experiments and psychics along the lines of mind control experiments of 50s, 60s and 70s, but this is essentially Manhattan Project material Creation and implementation of the atomic bombs during the end of WWII as witnessed by a helpless prophet Cassandra is a tragic figure of Greek Mythology There are different versions of the story, but traditionally the Apollo is to blame, after being spurned by Cassandra despite his gift of prophecy, he punished her so that she d never be believed What a thing to do, what a fate She s become an archetype, a cautionary tale, a metaphor There s even a Cassandra complex So you re not going in expecting a happy story, but this book isn t merely dark, it s emotionally devastating It requires immediate infusion of sunshine or something equally joyous upon completion It starts off relatively upbeat as a young woman sets off getting away from her comedically terrible family to start a new well paying job as a typist The project is secret, but everyone s very proud to contribute to war efforts And then the visions come, visions no one believes, visions everyone perceives as madness exhibited Because the project is creating the world s deadliest weapons, a devastation no one can even imagine, save for one woman Gender politics grotesquely unbalanced as they were back in the day aside, there s absolutely no way Mildred the book s Cassandra can do a thing to change the already set course To have such knowledge and be powerless to affect a change is tragic enough, with sudden violent attack thrown in it becomes catastrophic, sending the unheeded prophet spinning out of any bounds of normalcy previously so tenaciously clung to In the end it seems the only option is to sit back and witness the world go by, helpless and resigned So yeah a very heavy story Potently so Essentially a tale of the way the world stomps out one s innocence Definitely didn t go in the direction my imagination took the skimmed contents originally, not in tone, not in context It was still very much a good read, very well written, much food for thought But terribly bleak , especially when read in or less one go But right on cue as I m finishing up this review the sun finally came out, so there s that Thanks Netgalley flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Edwin Howard rated it it was amazing Mildred Groves in THE CASSANDRA, by Sharma Shields, wants to escape the life she has been dealt caretaking for her cantankerous, angry mother She finds a job at Hanford, a secret government base where the product is being created and help is needed by the bus full Mildred develops friendships and relishes in her new life, but quickly her hidden ability, having accurate visions of the future, begins to overwhelm her life and reveal so many truths to her that she finds it hard to live in the Mildred Groves in THE CASSANDRA, by Sharma Shields, wants to escape the life she has been dealt caretaking for her cantankerous, angry mother She finds a job at Hanford, a secret government base where the product is being created and help is needed by the bus full Mildred develops friendships and relishes in her new life, but quickly her hidden ability, having accurate visions of the future, begins to overwhelm her life and reveal so many truths to her that she finds it hard to live in the present with the future constantly swirling around her Mildred must reconcile the present and the future and find out what she wants and whether she is satisfied with what the future holds Shields does a masterful job of creating Mildred Groves Not only is she likable and the reader pulls for her, but Mildred s voice is so clear that no choice she makes, while shocking at times, is unbelievable in any way The setting at Hanford during World War II is compelling as well, the image of futuristic technological advancement in a desert almost void of life mirrors Mildred s simple views of right and wrong butting heads with the philosophical considerations of the intellectual giants Mildred works for From Mildred s overbearing mother, to her caring but guarded boss Dr Hall , to her best friend throughout most of the book Beth who would do anything to help Mildred but will always make the easy choices in her own life, Sharma wastes no character and makes them as three dimensional as possible and each fascinating in their own right Shields is an excellent storyteller As I read the THE CASSANDRA, I enjoyed discovering Mildred s world, the good and bad of it, and I look forward to reading another book by Shields in the future I received this book as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Jypsy marked it as to read Based in mythology, The Cassandra is a harrowing read Cassandra was a prophet with the gift of true visions of the future, and the curse of no one ever believing her visions are true Imagine seeing the fruition of The Manhattan Project before it actually happens Now, imagine having no way to stop what you have seen, and everyone believes you are just some crazy person The story is straight up bleak The characters are engaging and tragic I liked the story overall because I m interested in t Based in mythology, The Cassandra is a harrowing read Cassandra was a prophet with the gift of true visions of the future, and the curse of no one ever believing her visions are true Imagine seeing the fruition of The Manhattan Project before it actually happens Now, imagine having no way to stop what you have seen, and everyone believes you are just some crazy person The story is straight up bleak The characters are engaging and tragic I liked the story overall because I m interested in the time period I also disliked the story because of it s weight of sadness I m torn on how I feel flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Sandra rated it liked it Wow, that took a number of unexpected turns.This book is powerful in the dark shadowy way it presents the effects of war, the deep issues of developing the atomic bomb, the rashness of men, and the exploitation victimization of women Though, not just women also children, weak men, those of other races or places, and really anyone different It truly lays bare some of the worst we humans contain.The voice it s told in is unique, and while it worked for this book, I m not sure how I felt abou Wow, that took a number of unexpected turns.This book is powerful in the dark shadowy way it presents the effects of war, the deep issues of developing the atomic bomb, the rashness of men, and the exploitation victimization of women Though, not just women also children, weak men, those of other races or places, and really anyone different It truly lays bare some of the worst we humans contain.The voice it s told in is unique, and while it worked for this book, I m not sure how I felt about Mildred I wanted to like her, to feel for her, to connect with her, but I m not sure I did There were certainly times I did, but there was some small gap I could never quite close That, combined with a couple of story events, kept this book at 3 rather than 4 stars for me.If you like quirky, dark but not in a gothic way books, and those about America during WWII, then I d say give this one a whirl flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 01, 2018 Aimee Dars rated it really liked it Shelves feminism, fiction, netgalley In 1944, Mildred Groves, Star Pupil of six at the Omak Secretarial School, becomes a secretary for Dr Phillip Hall at the top secret World War II facility Hanford in South Central Washington state Her new job represents not just a chance to contribute to the war effort but also a way to escape her domineering mother and sister But Mildred is not just an excellent employee she possesses an unusual gift She receives visions that foretell the future As a child, her visions earned her the mo In 1944, Mildred Groves, Star Pupil of six at the Omak Secretarial School, becomes a secretary for Dr Phillip Hall at the top secret World War II facility Hanford in South Central Washington state Her new job represents not just a chance to contribute to the war effort but also a way to escape her domineering mother and sister But Mildred is not just an excellent employee she possesses an unusual gift She receives visions that foretell the future As a child, her visions earned her the moniker Mad Mildred, and she learned to be silent and keep her premonitions secret But with production of the product speeding up, Mildred has renewed visions of overwhelming death and destruction She is no longer able to remain silent, yet no one believes her prognostications Again, people see her as Mad Mildred Still, her visions gain strength until she must act to stop them to save herself if not the world.Unusual in its combination of historical fiction and fantasy, The Cassandra has a number of strengths Before reading this book, I didn t know about the Hartford facility, and here, it is realistically depicted, including the intensive secrecy, the racial segregation, the divisions based on gender, and the devastation to the community and the environment The Cassandra also offers a rich palette of symbolism, using the wind, rivers, birds, and animals to convey messages of fear, punishment, and overwhelming emotion Mildred in particular struggles against the expectations of gender and the power and violence embodied by men, at times resistant, at times embracing it.An interesting character, Mildred begins the novel with wide eyed, naive optimism, but as she learns about the product and experiences visions and the accompanying dismissal of them, she becomes cynical and isolated, mistrustful of even her closest friends Her language takes on a harsher tone, and her lost innocence is reflective in her coarse words, including the integration of such terms as fuck, shit, and asshole Her withdrawal becomes accentuated when she falls victim to violence and then perpetuates that violence on others and herself Some of the other characters are one dimensional, especially the villains in the story, and I wish they d have been developed realistically, although others reveal unexpected depth and compassion.When Mildred experiences her visions, she encounters shape shifters and tricksters, and the language of the novel slides to metaphorical At times, this works, but at times, the combination of historical fiction and fantasy have an uneasy alliance, and the book I think struggles to integrate them Still, the visions are haunting, and in one in particular, from the point of view of a young girl, readers see them impact of the atomic bombs on the hibakusha, the Japanese survivors affected by radiation poisoning, in a harrowing way that will remain with me for a long time The Cassandra questions how women or disenfranchised can make a difference when their wisdom is ignored and challenges a particularly masculine relationship with the world While it doesn t provide answers, it offers a rich tapestry to consider Fans of The Future Home of a Living God and Woman on the Edge of Time will be particularly pleased with this book as will readers of feminist fiction Thank you to Netgalley and Henry Holt Company for an advance reader s copy in exchange for an honest review. flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 16, 2018 Miranda rated it liked it Shelves retellings, weird fiction, historical As a Classics major, I was immediately taken with the idea of a book that retold the story of Cassandra, a character history and the male writers who have handled her have often unfairly dismissed This book, then, which catapults the character to center stage only this time in Washington during WWII was one I immediately knew I HAD to read As a whole, I really enjoyed this book The plot was new and interesting, and there were just enough hints of the classical Cassandra to keep me interest As a Classics major, I was immediately taken with the idea of a book that retold the story of Cassandra, a character history and the male writers who have handled her have often unfairly dismissed This book, then, which catapults the character to center stage only this time in Washington during WWII was one I immediately knew I HAD to read As a whole, I really enjoyed this book The plot was new and interesting, and there were just enough hints of the classical Cassandra to keep me interested and invested in her character I also think the book highlighted the mistreatment of minorities and women during this time period, the latter of which was particularly true with the protagonist, Millie, the new Cassandra, who, in a world society that does not believe in prophets like citizens of Ancient Greece, has her visions explained away by the assumption that she is mental or suffering from hysteria What I didn t like about this book was the almost infuriating na vet of Millie as well as the slowness of the story in certain places flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Mary rated it it was ok The Cassandra had such an interesting premise a young woman who has very clear and graphic visions of the future is excited to leave her dysfunctional and claustrophobic family life to work as a secretary at the mysterious Hanford government research facility in Washington, but once there begins to suffer from visions of the death and destruction that will be brought about by the nuclear bombs for which Hanford is supplying the plutonium I liked that it was a modern retelling of the Cassandra The Cassandra had such an interesting premise a young woman who has very clear and graphic visions of the future is excited to leave her dysfunctional and claustrophobic family life to work as a secretary at the mysterious Hanford government research facility in Washington, but once there begins to suffer from visions of the death and destruction that will be brought about by the nuclear bombs for which Hanford is supplying the plutonium I liked that it was a modern retelling of the Cassandra myth, having recently read and enjoyed Kamila Shamsie s Home Fire, a twist on the Antigone story, and I liked the World War II period setting Things fell apart for me very quickly, however, starting with the fact that the characters and most particularly the main character Mildred Groves are not developed into believable people who draw you into the story They are either completely one dimensional particularly Mildred s harridan of a mother and a sister characters so unsympathetic that I could never understand why Mildred would try to maintain any sort of relationship with them or underdeveloped, like Mildred s Hanford friend Beth, who is supposed to be her wise and sensible protector and confidante but who acts inconsistently throughout The biggest problem, however, is Mildred herself, an odd and unlikable character who swings from excitement and happiness to fear and distrust in a heartbeat and whose many eccentricities aren t in the least endearing Of her fortuitous meeting with Beth on the bus to Hanford, Mildred says, The friendship shocked me in its immediate affection It shocked me, too And don t even get me started on Gordon, Tom Cat and Kathy The best parts of the book for me by far were the scenes of the Hanford facility Shields does a very good job of making this vast settlement in the middle of the Washington prairie come alive with her descriptions of the campus, the dining hall, the food, and the ever persistent wind It is obvious she did a lot of research but every time the book started to explore the actual scientific work being done at Hanford, Mildred would have another vision and we d be off down another path and a very weird one at that The final quarter of the book lurches into all out melodrama territory, with a rape, a murder, self mutilation, and a mental institution By this time, however and much like Mildred herself I just wanted it to end.I really wish I liked this and could get behind it, but I appreciate receiving an ARC from NetGalley and Henry Holt publishers in return for my honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Courtney Lynn reorganizedreading rated it really liked it Shelves mythology, netgalley, ww2 lit, 2019 challenge I didn t start this I m a part of it now, but it s not my fault This is the plot of men For those of you who are jumping into mythology retellings i.e The Silence of the Girls, Circe , this is one you will definitely not want to miss The Cassandra takes a classic mythology story and inserts it into a modern ish setting that totally makes sense Sharma Shields places a reincarnation of the figure Cassandra from Greek mythology into a WW2 production camp Cassandra takes shape in charac I didn t start this I m a part of it now, but it s not my fault This is the plot of men For those of you who are jumping into mythology retellings i.e The Silence of the Girls, Circe , this is one you will definitely not want to miss The Cassandra takes a classic mythology story and inserts it into a modern ish setting that totally makes sense Sharma Shields places a reincarnation of the figure Cassandra from Greek mythology into a WW2 production camp Cassandra takes shape in character Mildred Groves, a secretary working at Hanford Research Center Mildred is plagued by visions of what is to take pass in the days leading up to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Albeit, she has no idea what the visions mean, or the type of work she is contributing to All Mildred knows is that she is apart of something larger than herself, something greater that will help win the war.The plot is intriguing, disorienting and dark at times As a reader, you are thrust into Mildred s mindset, which makes you start to question is she really a visionary like Cassandra Is she mad Or is her mental instability a result of working in close proximity to the many toxins that went into building an atomic bomb Shields has crafted a story that functions as an allusion to a tragic and lesser known tale within Greek mythology A story about a woman who was forced to be silenced, similarly how Mildred is forced into silence This is a story that should not be forgotten, but celebrated The references made to Cassandra s story are not obvious, but woven in subtly I would highly recommend familiarizing yourself with that of Cassandra prior to reading this to receive the full and enriching experience Shields creates I think the weaving together of both stories is believable in the context of history I think as a literary work that inspires deep thought and interpretation, this is a great story My one issue with this one was the writing of the visions were at times dense, and hard to interpret Parts of the plot s trajectory were a little slow, but I found this one wholly unique and enjoyable I would recommend flag Like see review Jan 07, 2019 The Lexington Bookie rated it did not like it This eARC was provided through NetGalley from Henry Holt Company in exchange for an honest review I hate it when I have to DNF a book, but even so because this novel is from NetGalley, and a publisher approved me to read it It feels like I let them down, but at the same time, it s about honesty in the review, is it not Which is why I always explain my reasoning behind a DNF d book.In The Cassandra, the main character, Mildred, seems to be a pleasant girl looking for adventure anyt This eARC was provided through NetGalley from Henry Holt Company in exchange for an honest review I hate it when I have to DNF a book, but even so because this novel is from NetGalley, and a publisher approved me to read it It feels like I let them down, but at the same time, it s about honesty in the review, is it not Which is why I always explain my reasoning behind a DNF d book.In The Cassandra, the main character, Mildred, seems to be a pleasant girl looking for adventure anything to take her from the monotony of caring for her heartbroken, ailing mother Mildred is also a psychic whose visions mostly come during sleep, and are usually acted out while unconsciously asleep The premise of the novel seemed interesting to me, the cover grabbed my attention, and I knew from it s description that there would be historical WWII context as Mildred applied to be a secretary at the Handford Research Center, which lead the development of the atomic bombs.I got about 20% into the book, struggling with the obscure writing technique that made the character s voice difficult to understand in my head She was gullible, smart, determined, afraid so many emotions and just all over the place I got frustrated with this, which furthered my disconnection to the story and it s main character Trying to hang in there, I kept hoping for something to pique my interest the plot, but I kept feeling like I was getting whiplash from all the jumping around.Therefore, I decided to not finish The Cassandra This review will be posted on my blog thelexingtonbookie at a later date flag Like see review Aug 26, 2018 Amber Ladd rated it it was ok Shelves arcs, 2018 reads This book was not meant for me but it doesn t mean it s a bad book The Cassandra is a novel set in WW2 that follows a young woman named Mildred, who had a special gift of seeing the future She embarks on a journey of leaving her abusive family by way of finding a job outside of her home town as a secretary at a work camp, where her work contributes to the efforts in aiding the allies in WW2 As time goes on, Mildred s visions of the future grow stronger, and she comes to realize that the work This book was not meant for me but it doesn t mean it s a bad book The Cassandra is a novel set in WW2 that follows a young woman named Mildred, who had a special gift of seeing the future She embarks on a journey of leaving her abusive family by way of finding a job outside of her home town as a secretary at a work camp, where her work contributes to the efforts in aiding the allies in WW2 As time goes on, Mildred s visions of the future grow stronger, and she comes to realize that the work camp s efforts may be doing harm than anyone could have imagined The high points of this book were that writing is extremely eerie and eloquent, so as the story progresses and the main character begins to lose herself to her visions The loose retelling of The Cassandra in and of itself was quite lovely Her visions often lead her, sleepwalking, to a roaring river at night I found these encounters with her visions nightmarish, darkly seductive, and mistifying However, I personally found the rest of the book a little underwhelming The bonds between characters are too quickly formed, the male characters are mostly flat, the way the characters talk about their project which turns out to be the creation of the atomic bomb veered a little on the childish side, the plot dragged in many places, and our main character, Millie, is largely unlikeable due to how how much of a doormat she comes across as.Now don t get me wrong, I will not deny that Sharma Shields is an excellent writer, but this story in particular fell flat to me All in all, this novel was not for me, but I m definitely going to be following this writer in the future 2.5 5 stars flag Like see review Dec 28, 2018 Kelli rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 StarsI really wanted to like this one a lot than I did It had all the elements of a great story for me the time period, the drama, the characters who were somewhat dark and twisty I think it was the whole future telling aspect that I just couldn t get into.It was a very poetic book The language used and the depictions of Milly s visions were beautiful, but just not quite what I expected and they kind of put up a wall for me and created that gap that prevented me from really loving a 3.5 StarsI really wanted to like this one a lot than I did It had all the elements of a great story for me the time period, the drama, the characters who were somewhat dark and twisty I think it was the whole future telling aspect that I just couldn t get into.It was a very poetic book The language used and the depictions of Milly s visions were beautiful, but just not quite what I expected and they kind of put up a wall for me and created that gap that prevented me from really loving and investing in this book.The drama was all good and I really enjoyed the majority of the characters, but I also felt a little lacking in closeness to the main character, Milly For some reason, I didn t feel like I knew her like I felt like I knew the other characters I couldn t quite get inside her head and understand her thoughts and actions by any means.Overall, not a bad book Just not one that I was expecting and one I would not necessarily read again But that is most likely just my preferences, not a reflection of the quality of book that it is Many thanks to Sharma Shields, Henry Holt and Company, and NetGalley for an advanced e book in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Sep 04, 2018 Cynthia added it The Cassandra takes the myth figure of Cassandra who was cursed to voice true prophecies that no one will believe and places her in 1940s Washington, working as a secretary for a mysterious project that will help the Allies win World War II.Millie applies for the secretarial position at Hanford in order to escape her abusive and stifling home life She immediately hits it off with Beth, a nurse who is starting work at Hanford at the same time, and for the first time feels like she might fit The Cassandra takes the myth figure of Cassandra who was cursed to voice true prophecies that no one will believe and places her in 1940s Washington, working as a secretary for a mysterious project that will help the Allies win World War II.Millie applies for the secretarial position at Hanford in order to escape her abusive and stifling home life She immediately hits it off with Beth, a nurse who is starting work at Hanford at the same time, and for the first time feels like she might fit in somewhere and be accepted for who she is However, she can t escape the visions that plague her, and nothing has changed as much as she may have hoped.Sharma Shields does a great job setting tension and creating an atmosphere of dread The Cassandra is a great character study with a terrible sense of inevitability and slowly building madness I simultaneously wanted to hug and protect Millie, and shake her out of frustration.Recommended for readers of feminist fiction or who enjoy character studies.Thank you to Netgalley and Henry Holt Company for an advance reader s copy in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Dec 17, 2018 Kim McGee rated it liked it Mildred has been put down, belittled and relied on for everything by her mom and sister Left to care for her cranky mom with the venomous tongue, she sees her chance for a future and accepts a job at a secret government plant just far enough from her family Milly is not a social butterfly but she does make a good friend in her roommate The fact that Milly has powerful visions that make her say odd things, behave strangely and the fact that she sleepwalks, gives her roommate and others cause f Mildred has been put down, belittled and relied on for everything by her mom and sister Left to care for her cranky mom with the venomous tongue, she sees her chance for a future and accepts a job at a secret government plant just far enough from her family Milly is not a social butterfly but she does make a good friend in her roommate The fact that Milly has powerful visions that make her say odd things, behave strangely and the fact that she sleepwalks, gives her roommate and others cause for concern Soon Milly is very aware of just what the secret product is that they are building and the destruction that will be left in its wake Her fears give rise to intense visions and terrors until she is unable to separate reality from her strange, scary world When a brutal attack happens and it is brushed aside she will lose the people closest to her as well as her tenuous sanity A powerful horror story that is expertly blended with enough historical fact to make it truly frightening My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy flag Like see review Aug 26, 2018 Sadie Newell rated it really liked it A period piece Something I just can t get enough of.So this book was a bitintense It had a good hook in the beginning and I spent some time trying to figure out if the lead character was on the spectrum at all but as the book went on, I was inclined to believe that she was just a product of her childhood A strange girl, with visions of the future is hired to be a secretary at Hanford Research Center She isn t told what it is the scientists are doing at Hanford, but through her v A period piece Something I just can t get enough of.So this book was a bitintense It had a good hook in the beginning and I spent some time trying to figure out if the lead character was on the spectrum at all but as the book went on, I was inclined to believe that she was just a product of her childhood A strange girl, with visions of the future is hired to be a secretary at Hanford Research Center She isn t told what it is the scientists are doing at Hanford, but through her visions and overheard conversations, she s deduced that it ll kill thousands The novel goes on to document Mildred s life at Hanford, and it is a hell of a tale I enjoyed reading this book, but was not prepared for the stranger things Mildred happened to do seed when she s overpowered, raped by a fellow employee and left for dead, my heart just broke for the simple girl Shields was able to craft a novel so well done I forgot I didn t know Mildredbut if period pieces or awkward main characters aren t your jam, I don t suspect you ll want to read this book flag Like see review Jan 24, 2019 Kelly rated it did not like it I really wanted to like this book I read about halfway through and couldn t read any further The main character was very weak and her family detestable I felt sorry for the character a bit due to the way her family treated her but this didn t last long the further she dealt with them over the phone She pretty much gave in to their behavior and treatment toward her I could have handled this if it were written a little better, perhaps I just don t feel that the story was developing well The I really wanted to like this book I read about halfway through and couldn t read any further The main character was very weak and her family detestable I felt sorry for the character a bit due to the way her family treated her but this didn t last long the further she dealt with them over the phone She pretty much gave in to their behavior and treatment toward her I could have handled this if it were written a little better, perhaps I just don t feel that the story was developing well The character could have been drawn out in order for the reader to be caring and involved with her visions I felt I read enough over 150 pages to warrant something happening in the story I just couldn t handle the character any longer She was a bit hard to take Even the other characters in the book were not all that likeable As I said, I really wanted to like the book, but it just wasn t my cup of tea flag Like see review Jan 10, 2019 Alicia rated it liked it latest novel centers on a young woman in the 1940s, a young woman who sees visions of the future, who goes to work as a typist at the Hanford Site While at first she doesn t know what their Project is, she is soon seeing terrifying visions of the terrible devastation it will bring but of course, she is a Cassandra, and no one listens to her I found this to be fairly bleak, though not exactly how I expected, but also I found it very interesting latest novel centers on a young woman in the 1940s, a young woman who sees visions of the future, who goes to work as a typist at the Hanford Site While at first she doesn t know what their Project is, she is soon seeing terrifying visions of the terrible devastation it will bring but of course, she is a Cassandra, and no one listens to her I found this to be fairly bleak, though not exactly how I expected, but also I found it very interesting It was engrossing, but am not sure I d say I enjoyed it, per se Content warning for rape and violence B B.__A review copy was provided by the publisher This book will be released in February flag Like see review Aug 22, 2018 Castille rated it really liked it Review to come closer to publication date, posted on my blog SometimesSnarky.homeCan t wait to share a full review of The Cassandra, which is so unique and well crafted, closer to its publication date Sharma Shields has created a haunting story set in the days of World War 2 that feels completely authentic while at the same time speaks to modern issues regarding patriarchal workplaces and the ways in which women struggle within society In Mildred, Shields has created a fascinating protag Review to come closer to publication date, posted on my blog SometimesSnarky.homeCan t wait to share a full review of The Cassandra, which is so unique and well crafted, closer to its publication date Sharma Shields has created a haunting story set in the days of World War 2 that feels completely authentic while at the same time speaks to modern issues regarding patriarchal workplaces and the ways in which women struggle within society In Mildred, Shields has created a fascinating protagonist who is unravelling at the seams, which is mirrored in the writing, which grows increasingly oblique and strange as the narrative unfolds This is that rare gem of a book, which is both mainstream in its appeal, yet also literary and thought provoking flag Like see review Dec 02, 2018 Jill rated it it was ok Shelves review books I desperately wanted to enjoy this given the premise of the book a female s point of view on the Hartford Atomic Bomb creation during WWII, better yet a recreation of a Greek Mythical classic, Cassandra But, the dreams Mildred has and the lack of focus on the Hartford happenings made it hard to enjoy and difficult to keep up Additionally, the lacking story line and minimal conversations within make this a hard one to enjoy Dark family life, disturbing dreams and minimal WWII focus make this I desperately wanted to enjoy this given the premise of the book a female s point of view on the Hartford Atomic Bomb creation during WWII, better yet a recreation of a Greek Mythical classic, Cassandra But, the dreams Mildred has and the lack of focus on the Hartford happenings made it hard to enjoy and difficult to keep up Additionally, the lacking story line and minimal conversations within make this a hard one to enjoy Dark family life, disturbing dreams and minimal WWII focus make this one I would not pick up again Disclaimer A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher All opinions are my own flag Like see review Aug 14, 2018 Literary Soir e rated it it was amazing Shelves general fiction, netgalley review, reviewed I highly recommend The Cassandra A Novel by Sharma Shields, a modern day slant on the Cassandra myth, only this time with a young woman who works in a top secret research facility during WWII tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind She risks all by questioning those in power, demonstrating great bravery and spiritual inspiration as she sounds the metaphoric alarm bell 5 5Pub Date 12 Feb 2019Thanks to Henry Holt Company and NetGalley for the review copy Opin I highly recommend The Cassandra A Novel by Sharma Shields, a modern day slant on the Cassandra myth, only this time with a young woman who works in a top secret research facility during WWII tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind She risks all by questioning those in power, demonstrating great bravery and spiritual inspiration as she sounds the metaphoric alarm bell 5 5Pub Date 12 Feb 2019Thanks to Henry Holt Company and NetGalley for the review copy Opinions are fully mine TheCassandra NetGalley flag Like see review Dec 22, 2018 LittleSophie rated it liked it Shelves 2018, myths rewritten After an interesting premise and first half, the novel sadly loses direction and drive in the second half.Snappily told, interesting setting, but slightly confused execution.Despite the marketing, this really only takes the Cassandra myth as a point of departure Apart from the fact that both women predict the future and are not believed, I didn t discover many similarities I m willing to be proven wrong, however flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Harriet Smith rated it it was ok Shelves netgalley While the premise seemed interesting, and I had heard of the setting of Hanford, this book didn t draw me in as I had hoped flag Like see review Aug 18, 2018 Megan rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves e arc I received a free e ARC Netgalley in exchange for a review TW there is a pretty graphic sexual assault scene in this book This book is a retelling of Cassandra, the tragic figure who has visions but was cursed to never be believed Mildred is the Cassandra of the novel She gets hired to work at a compound that is working on developing the atomic bomb during WWII which she doesn t know at the time of her hiring She leaves her abusive mother and sister behind to move and take on her new jo I received a free e ARC Netgalley in exchange for a review TW there is a pretty graphic sexual assault scene in this book This book is a retelling of Cassandra, the tragic figure who has visions but was cursed to never be believed Mildred is the Cassandra of the novel She gets hired to work at a compound that is working on developing the atomic bomb during WWII which she doesn t know at the time of her hiring She leaves her abusive mother and sister behind to move and take on her new job.The retelling aspect of this book is the strongest part of this book Mildred s visions were haunting, often scary, and very memorable Once she connects her visions and what is happening at her job, the storytelling really takes off There s a reveal of how Mildred deals with her visions toward the end of the book that really grabbed me The reveal of what s in her hand, oh my The only thing that frustrated me about this book was Mildred s continued devotion to her abusive family It was in character, so it s not a dig at the author or storytelling, just something that frustrated me as I have strained relationships with my parents flag Like see review Kara rated it really liked it Jan 15, 2019 Dan rated it really liked it Jan 27, 2019 Alanna rated 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        Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter s Almanac Henry Holt will publish her next novel, The Cassandra, in early 2019 Sharma s writing has appeared in Catapult, Electric Lit, Slice, Slate, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the 2016 Washington State Book Award, Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter s Almanac Henry Holt will publish her next novel, The Cassandra, in early 2019 Sharma s writing has appeared in Catapult, Electric Lit, Slice, Slate, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the 2016 Washington State Book Award, the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust, and the A.B Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose She received her B.A in English Literature from the University of Washington 2000 and her MFA from the University of Montana 2004 Sharma has worked in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout Washington State and now lives in Spokane with her husband and two young children She is the Board President for the Friends of the Spokane County Library District and has also served on the programming committee for Spokane s Spark Central


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    1. 3.5 I wanted to like this book a lot than I did I m not sure why exactly it didn t work for me, and I think it might be that I just never quite warmed to the main character The setting and plot were great, and Mildred was perfectly of her time She was exactly the type of person you might find rebelling against the family and society expectations set in front of her, but I also kind of found her bland She made the biggest decision of her life because of a vision She didn t make a choic 3.5 I wan [...]


    2. The Cassandra is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth, this time set in Washington state It begins in the town where my own father grew up and so I immediately felt a connection to the characterOmak is not a place well known to many Mildred ends up at Hanford during WWII when the nuclear plant was most instrumental in making the most powerful weapon in the history of mankindThis is not an easy tale to read emotionally, particularly in our tumultuous times but it is brilliantly t The Cass [...]


    3. 3.5Sharma Shield s novel The Cassandra was a very dark read The protagonist Mildred Groves gift of prophecy alienates her from her family and the larger society She struggles with a desire to fit in while visions reveal horrifying inevitabilities and men s true natures Mildred ceases the chance to escape her suffocating home and needy mother, thrilled to find work at a WWII government research facility in a remote part of Washington on the Columbia River The project will shorten the war, 3.5Shar [...]


    4. Book descriptions tend to give too much away, so I often merely skim them to determine interest From skimming this one I expected something with war experiments and psychics along the lines of mind control experiments of 50s, 60s and 70s, but this is essentially Manhattan Project material Creation and implementation of the atomic bombs during the end of WWII as witnessed by a helpless prophet Cassandra is a tragic figure of Greek Mythology There are different versions of the story, but tradi Boo [...]


    5. Mildred Groves in THE CASSANDRA, by Sharma Shields, wants to escape the life she has been dealt caretaking for her cantankerous, angry mother She finds a job at Hanford, a secret government base where the product is being created and help is needed by the bus full Mildred develops friendships and relishes in her new life, but quickly her hidden ability, having accurate visions of the future, begins to overwhelm her life and reveal so many truths to her that she finds it hard to live in the Mildr [...]


    6. Based in mythology, The Cassandra is a harrowing read Cassandra was a prophet with the gift of true visions of the future, and the curse of no one ever believing her visions are true Imagine seeing the fruition of The Manhattan Project before it actually happens Now, imagine having no way to stop what you have seen, and everyone believes you are just some crazy person The story is straight up bleak The characters are engaging and tragic I liked the story overall because I m interested in t Based [...]


    7. Wow, that took a number of unexpected turns.This book is powerful in the dark shadowy way it presents the effects of war, the deep issues of developing the atomic bomb, the rashness of men, and the exploitation victimization of women Though, not just women also children, weak men, those of other races or places, and really anyone different It truly lays bare some of the worst we humans contain.The voice it s told in is unique, and while it worked for this book, I m not sure how I felt abou Wow, [...]


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