The Fair and Foul by Allie Potts (Project Gene Assist #1) #bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT

Juliane has a supercomputer for a brain and she isn’t afraid to use it. Perhaps she 27040087should be.

Juliane Faris is a brilliant programmer determined to change the world through scientific and technical advancement. Blinded by ambition, she will do whatever it takes to secure her legacy including agreeing to participate in an experimental procedure. The procedure grants her unprecedented knowledge and cellular control over her body but threatens everything she holds dear including her sanity. When others undergo the same modifications it becomes apparent that not everyone can afford the price that this technology demands

Set in the not too distant future, The Fair & Foul is earth-based science fiction dealing with the next era of human evolution. The line between humanity and technology is blurring, and what seems like magic is only a scientific discovery away. – Goodreads.com

I’m such a groupie for books involving any kind of genetic manipulation – the scientific aspects fascinate me.  If you read the description above, you can see why this one grabbed my attention.

In this novel, there are characters seeking scientific and technical advancements for the right reasons, and those who are only looking out for themselves – which provide some compelling and interesting conflicts.  As a woman, Juliane deals with her share of struggles and roadblocks, but her determination to succeed in her field is admirable.  The author does a wonderful job of making the reader feel as frustrated and confused as Juliane over certain plot developments.  The supporting characters are varying degrees of likable and loathsome and although I was convinced I knew who was trustworthy and who had ulterior motives, I was proven wrong.  It’s nice when that happens.

Juliane is a strong, ambitious woman, so it’s disappointing when an attractive guy shows up and she seems to lose focus – but I’m not a fan of romance novels, so that’s a personal preference on my part.  At times, the dialogue is somewhat stilted, and the addition of contractions would make conversations sound more natural.

The ending just blew me away and is a perfect launching pad for book two in this series.  If you’re a fan of though-provoking sci-fi, this is your book.

I received a copy of this book through Rosie’s Book Review Team in exchange for an honest review.

 

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