The Forkstream Territories surrounding the Elan river comprise the surviving townships in the wake of post-war chaos. FERTS is the sole containment facility for the protection of females from mercenaries, its location safely hidden from the sparse remaining population.
Within the facility, the female Internees are chosen as ‘Vassals’, transported to the townships to service the male Resident Citizens. The Beta and Omega Circuits of FERTS are divided according to attractiveness and fertility ratings, while the lower rating Internees are chosen for hard labor in Kappa or as fighters to represent FERTS in the monthly Epsilon Games, against deadly opponents with a taste for pain.
When Beth 259201 is demoted to Epsilon Circuit after failing to follow a simple regulation, she faces certain death. A novice, lacking the necessary skills, 201 must rely on her intellect alone to survive.
Reader discretion advised: This book contains sex/violence, and memories of abuse.
FERTS explores the dynamic of an oppressive world trying to subjugate women by their looks and the strength needed to break free.
With its action-oriented first chapter, FERTS starts off soundly and promising. At once, I am drawn into how the Officer introduced will develop.
Unfortunately, the pace the first chapter was moving at was killed by the large blocks of exposition in Chapter 2. The information that was gained could have been broken up by showing the readers rather than telling in later chapters or even in the first.
The characters are memorable. I did like how Beth 259212 grew, as well as 201.
I liked the imagery that CH 47 conveyed. It returned to that quick pace of the first chapter and grabbed my attention.
Overall, this novel captured my attention. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the Dystopian genre.