I would be lying if I said I knew anything about science fiction. It isn't a genre I seek out. So when writing about such books it can only be from my own impression and enjoyment, not from a purist or academic point of view. Add to this statement, the fact that I am read to by my hubby, who is not exactly brilliant at reading aloud, any book has to be pretty good to keep interest alive and stop my mind from wandering. 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
On futuristic Earth, cars fly and women are on the top of the food chain. Men are designated the weaker and less experienced gender. They are stuck under corporate glass ceilings and women have the lucrative careers and high paying jobs. They dominate most fields, run the governments and corporations. What has given women the edge over men? They live three to four times longer.
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
What an excellent book, as an author myself, just sometimes you read a book and think why didnt I come up with that I find that if I start to give you the plot I will give away to much.Its very different to the 'run of the mill' Science Fiction but the Gender Divide is an engaging read right from start to finish. I will say however that David Boultbee's book does an excellent job of painting a believable picture of what life would be like in these circumstances. He will draw you into the book from the first page and you will stay there until the end; I often rate a book in my head as to how much I think about it after I have put it down; This one 9 out of 10
I found this book a very enjoyable read. I was caught up in the plot right from the start. I found there was a mixture of romance, intrigue and suspense. I don't normally read science fiction, but this unique concept of a world in which women live 4 times as long as men was interesting enough to get me to pick up the book. I didn't expect the romantic element, but that's what made the book so good. I found that I forgot about the science fiction aspect of it as I read it and just got caught up in the characters' lives and situations. The ending was great, but I won't give it away! I would recommend this book.