By Annie and Aunt

Drift is an interesting read. The world Hutchins creates is a fascinating one, and multicultural in that it's based in Mayan legend, and there are a few descriptions that imply everyone in the book has brown skin. I was struck, however, by the restrictive gender roles throughout.  Hutchins sets up her two main female characters as exceptions to the rule: they're two of the most powerful people in the book. 

The fact that I was prompted to think so much about this, to trouble it deeply, speaks to the staying power of the world of the novel, and the imagery in it.