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So climb on board and discover a realm of new possibilities, as Jennifer weaves her storylines together... the Confluence is going to need all the allies it can find to stop the Swarm...
But wow: what a galloping, exciting ride of a story! (Even with the leading quote from "The Most Dangerous Game", I didn't see the denouement coming.) I love Darcy (and not just because of who she was named for!)--love her transformation, love that she comes to own her power.
What some see as a slow start, I see as careful foundation building. I'm always so impressed by the attention to scientific detail that the author puts into her work, this work included. Scratch that--not just scientific detail, but all the details, diversity and gender self-identification chief among them.
All in all, I am very much looking forward to the follow-up (I hope there's a follow-up!), and to seeing exactly how this is going to slot in to the Confluence story (if at all).
Possible spoilers, but important distinction (and a bit of a trigger warning):
The "some violence" is mostly sparring/fighting in hand-to-hand combat, but it also includes a (foiled) sexual assault. This is not the 'sexual content'; the actual sexual content is loving and, more importantly, *consensual*.
The essence of "The Druid Gene" is that a young woman (Darcy) has inherited the Druid gene which, unknown to her, makes her a powerful, advanced human with nearly insurmountable fighting skills. Only vaguely aware of this, she is abducted from Earth by alien slave traders who have been looking for one of the nearly extinct Druids. She ultimately ends up being intensely trained by a mysterious fellow prisoner (Raub) whose purpose for doing this is shadowy at best. Darcy and Raub end up escaping the ship along with a few of Darcy alien friends. They crash land on a planet which is being mined by an insular alien race, whereupon Darcy has to use her new found skills and abilities to survive.
If you like your science fiction laced with action, drama and mystery, I highly recommend this book. You should, however read the first two books, "Fluency" and then "Remanence" before "The Druid Gene". They are both excellent as well and provide a fascinating introduction to Wells' "Confluence" universe. Enjoy!
Also, as a mixed-race individual I found Ms. Foehner-Wells' understanding of our plight dead on. Thank you for that.
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this novel as much as the other three stories. I found that, for my tastes, there was too much back story and exposition, especially during action scenes. I also thought that as I am an Ohio native, I'd like Darcy. Unfortunately, I didn't. She struck me as a person who preferred to run from reality when in situations that she couldn't control based on her fears and limited understanding of life in general.
As Ms. Foehner-Wells has an excellent imagination, great word building, and plotting skills, I do look forward to reading more stories within the Confluence universe.
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