After the wars, Pinnacle Officer Wilcox establishes FERTS, Fertility Emigration Resource Training Supply, to maintain control over women, whom he believes are the source of all of man’s conflicts. Beth 259201 has been demoted to Epsilon, the fighting circuit, because her muscle mass is too high to be a Vassal. At FERTS it is the desire of all women to become Vassals in hopes of being sold to a Vendee and producing a Sire. But, not 201. She can think for herself and is not subject to the brainwashing instituted by Wilcox in order to be sold in the outlying townships.
Hudson’s first novel, FERTS, is a post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller. She does an excellent job of world building and it is easy for the reader to visualize. Both the protagonist, 201, and the antagonist, Wilcox, are well developed characters. All of the chapters are rather short as is the book as a whole. I did not find any typographical or grammatical errors.
However, the structure of the book could have been better. The second chapter overwhelms with information that would have been better interspersed throughout the entire book. The background story, particularly chapters 33 through 41, were just dropped into the middle of the book. I found this to be confusing. These chapters would have made the story flow much better if they had been alternated with the current day story.
I will be interested to see how the story plays out should Hudson write a sequel. She has great potential. 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.