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- Print Length: 303 pages
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- Publisher: Grace Hudson (June 26, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 26, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010II21DW
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This book was well written and I felt like the message is strong... Many themes resonate withhin this book. For example, the loss of identity for women. FERTS shows how the need to repopulate the earth can be a driving force amidst turmoil and post war attempts at recovery. I also felt that this novel shows how easy it is to give up power. The character development is gradual with a slow, developing plot that sets the book up to have another come along and continue the story if the author chooses to do so. There are characters that stand out to me: Tristan, a guard who does not seem to fit in with the others, 201 which is a condensed version of her ID # Beth259201 for her intuition and intelligence... and the girls Rif and Cal.
201 starts a journey and learns to patiently pay the game as a Fighter then changes her mind and goes for being a Vessel. The
There were a couple of areas where the writing was not as clear- point of view was a little hard to follow at times when it switched over, and I was not sure how 201 developed such supernatural type of gifts...so maybe a bit more elaboration or direction there would be good.
Triggers: Rape, abuse, dehumanization of women
There were also parts as the plot unfolded that showed another side of the world, which again I hope to see more of as the characters there are fascinating as well. I’m glad to see there are more parts available already because there was bit of a steep drop at the end and I’ve had to start the next one immediately.
If you like dystopian fiction this is a very smart, character driven story that will rake your emotions over the coals. Hugs to 201. Highly recommended.
The story overall was pretty good, though I found myself enjoying the first 2/3 more than the last part. The climax was good (satisfying ending), but there was quite a bit that felt dangerously close to Deus Ex Machina.
SPOILER: DO NOT READ IF YOU HATE SPOILERS!! The character develops a sort of telepathy or precognition, but I didn't catch the explanation of how or why. Unique powers like that need explanation or a reason why. END SPOILERS
A lot of details were also left vague, unclear, or unexplained. While the initial world-building was excellent, too many questions were left unanswered. Not the least of which was what made the main Beth so different from all the other Beths around her.
But, all in all, a good book, and one I'd highly recommend to any dystopian fans!
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It's a dystopian future where the female gender is used and abused purely for men and their desires. 'Prisoners', are known by numbers, and this story focussed mainly on 201, who seems to be different - intriguingly so.
Themes such as power, control, image and rape, alongside insanity and cruelty, may intensify anger - hence my use of the word disturbing. However, what is even more alarming are the familiar themes in today's world.
Overall, it was a well-written tale with intriguing characters and a good plot...where it ends, I am not sure. I do think the information about the 'world' could have been spread out more, though it was mind-spinning all the same. I shudder when I think of some less enlightened countries in regard to women.
Highly recommended but beware of your blood pressure.
Let’s assume I got it right, and this is a reflection of life today; then it is a very well written book. Or, if I am way off base, then it’s just a great, dystopian novel. Either way, Hudson wins as the book works.
My only advice is this; the sterility of using numbers to name characters can, in the early parts, make you feel a little aloof from the main character and as such, less invested. Plough through; she sneaks up on you.
The main character, Beth 201, doesn't quite fit in to any category and does not want to conform. After some triggering events (which I won’t spoil here) she begins to rebel against her surroundings and regime. As we learn more about her character and past it becomes more obvious why, and her realisation and reactions are well realised. The past of the controller is also explored, and gives good insight to his motivations and actions. I'm a fan of proper fleshed-out antagonists so this ticked all the boxes for me in that regard.
The book deals with issues such as the obsession with looks, ownership of and violence against women, and rape (there is a strong theme of that throughout the book). If anyone says yes because they don't have a choice, then it's not really yes.
A few comments. After an exciting opening chapter, the second one is a huge non-POV info-dump which came as a bit of a shock. I would have preferred the information on how the compound works to be given more naturally through the text. The character of Titan (a newly transferred guard) would have been a good way to have done this. Similarly, two other characters are introduced around chapter 36 (the chapters are very short) and have adventures in one block rather than their scenes being spread out throughout the book which would have allowed the various plot threads to meet up more gradually. On a couple of occasions, I also found it a bit confusing on which character was speaking due to the formatting.
This book seems to be the first in a series, and I hope that the sequels will explain more of the central mechanic of how Beth 201 can be aware of events outside her experience, as in this book it comes across as a bit of a convenient plot device.
Still, the above are minor issues and don't detract from the story as a whole. I read the entire book in less than a weekend so it must have gripped me! I look forward to reading the next one.
Definitely worth a read and defiantly for adults
Bought the next one, and I'm going to to start reading straight away.
The development of the main character's psychic abilities is incongruous at times; firstly described as nightmares later to become defined as visions of past and present events. I thought it a bit rough or awkward in its transition from one to the other at several points and there were some editing errors so it lost a star as a result.
A constant thread throughout the story was the misogyny & terrible abuse by most of the men in the story towards women who they had power over them. It surely reminded this reader, a retired cop, of the disgusting outright violence and misogyny towards women in our own society. I am also reminded that there are men who show respect and equality to women and do not tolerate the abuse of women. The story jarred certain terrible memories of screams and scenes of violence for this reader who saw enough of this during his time of service.
For me, the end represented the goal of most women in that position, and that is freedom ! A very good read.