Fantasy, Scifi, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Adventure -- this novel has the lot!,
This review is from: The Gender Divide (Kindle Edition)
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