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The Gender Divide
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About the Author
Born in Toronto, Ontario, David spent most of his formative years on the family farm in a small rural village in the Greater Toronto Area. He went to the same elementary and high school as his wife. They both attended a small university in Quebec, where they started dating, before returning home to complete their postgraduate education and later get married. He still lives close to his childhood home with his wife and children.
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The Gender Divide is a most unusual story guaranteed to keep the reader turning the pages until curiosity is satisfied -- on the final page! Set in a future where women have the upper hand in every aspect of political and economic life, not because they have developed into a race of superwomen, but because of certain practices, we might call jiggery-pokery, to do with controlling hormones and menstruation, they are living three or four times longer than males, thus giving them time to fully develop skills in management and anything else they set their mind to. Enhancement factors due to rapid advances in nanotechnology ensures an unchanging status quo. As one character states, "...Women have replaced men as the top of the food chain. Now men are stuck under the glass ceiling and we're the ones with the lucrative careers and high paid jobs."
However, men are men and within the Military are able to exercise the traditional macho male image. Trouble is brewing throughout the civilized world equivalent to the rumblings of `rights for women' centuries earlier.
Into this situation comes a man who, unknown to others, has also an enhanced life span due to secret experimentation forty years earlier. With considerable army training and enhancement not usually given to males, it is his life's ambition to restore the balance. He himself is the secret of how this can be brought about. No one is aware that he lived, loved, walked and (apparently) died among them forty years earlier. Once he gets the key, encrypted into the computer system at Delphi's laboratories, his mission can truly begin.
Complicating his situation are affairs of the heart and wicked women out to keep control.
To my mind, once sky cars come into the picture The Gender Divide becomes stronger Fantasy than Science Fiction. But that is no bad thing. Fantasy, Scifi, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Adventure -- this novel has the lot! At least, that is my humble opinion as someone who looks for enjoyment rather than critical analysis.
The Gender Divide
I loved the idea of it all and bought it.
Loved it! Loved it, loved it, loved it.
And, no, I am not a shill for Mr. Boultbee. If I was I would ask for payment in services by having him write a sequel. This one begs for a sequel.
Ryan Peters enters the world of Delphi Inc., the largest biotech company in the world. There is something Ryan is hiding. He's not like other men. He's been altered to lengthen his life expectancy to something similar to women. Olivia Morgan is CEO of Delphi and the woman Ryan loved forty years ago.
There is a sense of secrecy about Ryan from the very beginning. You know that he's older than he appears (and age is a big deal in this world) but you wonder what else he's hiding? What is his agenda at getting hired at Delphi and entering back into Olivia's life?
Olivia struggles with her growing attraction to Ryan because she had a relationship with (who she believes to be) his father 40 years ago. She doesn't know Ryan's secret. As a reader you are engrossed in this relationship, wondering why Ryan is pretending to be his own son, how he's stayed young and why he's keeping a it a secret even from his former lover. The big question becomes what happens when Olivia finds out the truth and what it will all mean.
I must admit that I haven't read much sci-fi in years, but I took a chance on this title and was not disappointed. Though there is a bit more telling than showing in the prose, the story carried along very well so I didn't find it distracting. The plotline that women live longer and gain an edge over men because they no longer menstruate might sound a bit far fetched but the way it is explained made it totally believable.
I do have to put a warning in here for romance readers. This book contains a love triangle of sorts and events occur that might offend the standard romance reader. But as this is officially a sci-fi novel it is perfectly acceptable. However for this reader, with this switch in affections, it made this new coupling a bit anti-climatic by the end. It was hard to know which relationship to root for.
The book itself was quite entertaining, well written and each page keeps you guessing. I found it very interesting to read a book by a man about how women now dominate the world. I felt drawn to the sophisticated style of writing which I found addictive and will be looking for more from this author.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
In the tradition of other socially-conscious science fiction, Boultbee's novel incorporates contemporary issues of gender disparities into a future world, without (thank god) getting too preachy.
Reading time: One to two weeks. The Gender Divide is roughly 5,000 Kindle locations (258 physical pages), but the nature of the novel as a "thinking book" makes the story fairly dense.
Recommendation: Somewhere between "hard" and "soft" science fiction. Descriptions of biological enhancements and Ryan Peters's weaponized "nanites" are detailed and believable, but just as believable are the portrayals of social and psychological changes in a radically different world.
Most recent customer reviews
What a waste of my time and money!
While I think that not all science-fiction has to be plausible, this is just stupid.
I find that if I start to give you the plot I will give...Read more