Confluence Codex 1: An Omnibus of the Scifi Series, Books 1-3 Paperback – July 26, 2020
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"Author Jennifer Wells' writing genius comes from her vast knowledge of the highly technical subject matter and her ability to put the reader in the middle of it without losing him/her in technical jargon while creating characters that seem completely natural and believable." (Jean Fisher for Independent Publisher News)
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- ASIN : B08DDP9SWS
- Publisher : Independently published (July 26, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 820 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8669528157
- Item Weight : 2.37 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.85 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,345,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All the characters (even the minor ones and the villains) are rich and believable and Ms. Wells makes them live in your mind and heart like real people. Maybe even more so.
The plot and the pacing make this a page turner that you can't put down. The only other science fiction books that have grabbed and held my imagination like these have are by Neil Stephenson, so you can see that Ms. Wells writes at a level achieved by few.
All in all, a great series and fun reads. They get better with rereading because there is a lot of detail and changes in the characters. I can't wait for next Confluence book, and I hope she keeps writing after that one.
Jennifer Foehner Wells has crafted an imaginative future with real-world human characters who are complex and well rounded. She has also installed human traits in the non-human characters, and we identify, celebrate and morn with them just as we do their human counterparts.
This is lighter fare than say, Sara Mass and Tamora Pierce—who I would also highly recommend. The Confluence books are good summer reading and a good choice for a book club where you might have different levels of commitment.
I anxiously await the fourth book, Convergence, and will probably buy it the day it goes on sale in 2021.
A great, fun story, full of suspense, tension, the wonders of alien contact -- as well as the plentiful opportunities for faux pas. Jane Hollaway is a great protagonist. The alien was as complex as the other characters. The relationships among the different species was fascinating. The characters develop along with the story. The result: three-dimensional characters and a fast-paced plot. No cookie cutter characters here! Even those you love to hate had their good moments that kept you off balance, unsure of what a character will do next.
Will leaving you wanting to find out what they are up to next.
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Fluency (Book 1)
Carindi (Short Story)
The Fall of the Percedus (Short Story)
Remanence (Book 2)
The Grove (Short Story)
When this Codex was published and the Author announced it on Twitter, Inhaftiert to buy it. Not only as ebook, but also in printed form.
I loved the story before this codex came out, so giving 5/5 Stars is probably no surprise.
Here are a few comments on every book and story within and remember, the confluence series consists of six book from which number six will be published in 2021, so use your corona time to read up on the first five.
From here on you will find mild spoilers of the book contents. Nothing too revealing of the story in my opinion, but stop reading if you want to discover all by yourself.
The beginning. We learn about our main characters and of the things that make it difficult when two species with different social behaviour and standards meet and try to get the other one to help.
But we learn of a new world opening for Jane, one of our main protagonists, a world of new technologies, forms of communication and perhaps a way to find love.
A nice short story. Here we meet Ei‘Pio, which whom we will become acquainted in book 2 if I remember correctly. Well; we surely learn about sectillian society.
Children are without gender at birth. When reaching puberty/adolescence, then then can choose what they want to be and I think this is marvelous and we need this in our society. It probably would take away lots of problems for some people.
The Fall of The Percedus:
This is the story of a sectillian scientist and also the origin story of something that made us a pornography Problems in Fluency. So, it was a nice interlude and we also got a glimpse into another danger about we already learned in book 1.
So, landing on a Planet, Meeting the locals, some penis grabbing and leaving the planet.
Basically that‘s it ;)
Star Wars and Star Trek references are there and a fragile male ego, but he comes around. So, enjoy the second book.
And, the old saying still holds true:
Every landing after which you are still able to walk is a good landing.
The last of the short stories in this collection.
Trees, Spaceships, Warp Drives. A nice interlude before we reach book three and the second string of the story, first time away from Jane and get crew.
Abductions, Slavetrade, the joy of hunting, mortal enemies, Luke being trained by Vader or something like that. Adam forever and a great final fight. Well, no lightsabers. Sorry.
And a cliffhanger that makes you want to read the next part of the series.
Overall a great trilogy so far and it makes you longing for the continuation to find out about all those lose ends.
Also the constant questioning again and again whether her contact is benevolent or malicious adds a certain cerebral layer to the story.
The pace of the story is superb, and the occasional bit of action is told well with style and class. Folk who like the first contact aspects of the Arrival movie that came later will probably appreciate this deeper series, that goes well beyond our Earthly domain.
The "Confluence Codex 1: An Omnibus of the Scifi Series, Books 1-3" collection includes all three books in the trilogy, and adds three related short stories, so it provides a complete set of everything that exists in this world so far.
And finally, for now at least, the Kindle purchase costs only a single dollar, so readers have almost nothing to lose to give one of my favorite authors a try. Or if you have tried Fluency and loved it like I did, you can grab the full trilogy at a steal of a price.