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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*.
Edit 1 at 52%:
Our heroine Darcy has now plunged into virgin schoolgirl's sexual fantasies. She's abducted by a female vegetable/animal monster principal on an alien space ship (her school). Darcy is getting sexually abused by the classmate bully Raub. Darcy's classmates are ugly and feeble insects in comparison with herself. But our Amazon will soon get back at the bully and everybody with her secret powers. Instead her prom king gets killed, but on the other hand maybe not.
She despairs and falls asleep with the thought -"Can I keep selling sex for money, officer?". Sliding down to a 3 star just there. ( #metoo warning)
Hop, skip, skip, jump, skip, hop...
Edit 2 at 73%:
Darcy will kill for hurt pride but not for justice. She and her stuffed toys a.k.a. her former classmates are stranded on a planet with the bully Raub. She draws on her emergent mixed breed qualities to fight the purebred predator bully. Down to 2 stars.
Edit 3 at 98%:
It's OK for murder spiders to almost kill the antagonist but Darcy who set their habitat on fire worries about the welfare of the spiders so she is without sin. Atheistic, cartoonish, pro-alien and unfair. No science involved in this story except some medical babble and naming of body parts, well medicine in real life is mostly empirical and/or trial and error, not much science there either.
Little or no foul language, thank you, and a happy ending, she almost gets her prince back (next installment) and already half the kingdom.
I first read the short story by the author about Hain in the Alien Chronicles, that was a 5-star. Will continue reading the short stories by this author.
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.