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The main character, Juliane, has created an advanced form of virtual reality which allows people to get data without having to have a computer, smart phone, etc. Their body is the computer. How this all works was not completely clear to me, but it could have been because I tended to jump ahead, since I wanted to see what would happen next. So I might have missed some important details on the "how" for the technology.
Juliane is completely absorbed in her work. So much so that she does not have a personal life, and is oblivious to how her coworkers and the companies are using her discoveries. She soon learns that not everyone she thinks is her friend really is, and that what she had viewed as an advancement in technology, and an improvement in peoples lives, is not without flaws. I found the "flaws" in the technology clever and interesting. I don't want to spoil the book or I would go into more detail. My biggest issue with the book was that it left me wondering what will happen next. Of course, I knew when I purchased the book that it was book 1 of a series. I will now have to wait for the next one to see what happens in the new world created as a result of Juliane's work and who survives to be part of it. I can only hope that some of the supporting characters survive, as they were really some of my favorite characters in the book.
I will wait to give my final rating after the series is complete, but this book was a great start to what seems like a captivating series.
What drew me to this book was the subtitle, "Project Gene Assist", as well as Allie Potts' summary. I'm so glad I got the opportunity to read The Fair & Foul. It's a fun ride.
Having spent a good deal of time in the technology field, I was absolutely gripped by the MC, Juliane. Right off the bat, we see that she's facing some pretty stiff attitude from her male colleagues. Her partner, Alan, is taking credit for her work, and she feels powerless to do anything about it. I'm sure no matter the field, most women have felt challenged like that at some point or other, so it's a feeling to which we can all relate. It had me cheering for the underdog.
The story progresses rapidly, pulling us first into a fascinating vision of the future of virtual reality, and then deeper into what the future might hold. The workplace, meetings, and technology were all very well visualized and I was both gripped and slightly nervous at some of the ideas Allie presented.
There are some extremely complicated personal relationships here, and I wasn't sure who was the good guy, or if there were any good guys at all. At times the story felt quite bleak, with characters having no one to turn to. Issues of trust are a major feature. I kept hoping Juliane would find someone grounded to put her faith in.
Allie Potts is without question a future thinker. I was impressed by her ideas. There is much to recommend in this book. It will open your mind. It certainly opened mine.
In this novel, there are characters seeking scientific and technical advancements for the right reasons, and those who are only looking out for themselves - which provide some compelling and interesting conflicts. As a woman, Juliane deals with her share of struggles and roadblocks, but her determination to succeed in her field is admirable. The author does a wonderful job of making the reader feel as frustrated and confused as Juliane over certain plot developments. The supporting characters are varying degrees of likable and loathsome and although I was convinced I knew who was trustworthy and who had ulterior motives, I was proven wrong. It's nice when that happens.
Juliane is a strong, ambitious woman, so it's disappointing when an attractive guy shows up and she seems to lose focus - but I'm not a fan of romance novels, so that's a personal preference on my part. At times, the dialogue is somewhat stilted, and the addition of contractions would make conversations sound more natural.
The ending just blew me away and is a perfect launching pad for book two in this series. If you're a fan of though-provoking sci-fi, this is your book.
I received a copy of this book through Rosie's Book Review Team in exchange for an honest review.
This novel reminded me of the dangers of advancing too fast as a species with technology, like the story in the Mind Space Series by David Moore. The Fair and the Foul reminded me a lot of the Mind Space Series due to its time jumps in the story to show the breadth of the technological advances.
The ending was a bit abrupt, but I was so glad all the hints were fully explained. I wouldn’t have understood what was really going on without the big ending reveal.
The way the technology was referenced was a bit over my head, but I really enjoyed its grounding in real technology and the fact that the scientists seemed to really know what they were talking about.
What gripped me most about this book was the depth of the relationships between the characters and the complexity of these relationships. Juliane’s constant struggles as a top female scientist in a male-driven environment were fascinating and unfortunately very true.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.