Friday, November 13, 2015

Review of FERTS by Grace Hudson

This review took me longer to write because of the things happening in my life in the last couple months, but don't let that make you think that I didn't completely love the story.  It was an amazing read.  Below is my review and below that I will add a link for anyone who thinks they would like to read it.  If you like a thrilling, dystopian ride, then FERTS is a must read!

Wow! I don't generally read dystopia novels, but this one's plot line intrigued me, and so I decided to try it out. It was a very good read. Beth259201 (just 201 for most of the story) was an intelligent woman stuck in a horrible situation. The story is set where women are raised and taken to be slaves of men's base needs, whether sexual or fighting. Women are taught that the whole reason for their existence is to let a man do whatever he wants to her. Her whole schooling is to be pretty and seductive, if she is not good at that, then she is trained to be a fighter, and if she is not good at that she becomes the work horse for the society. That is a woman's existence. No complaining, no dignity, no love.

The society is the brain child of Pinnacle Officer Wilcox who is a deranged 'scientist' and misfit to normal society. He developed FERTS to ease his conscious of the horrible things he did in the past.

201 has instincts that tell her there is something wrong, and intelligence to realize she had better keep quiet. As the story goes on, she understands more and more. She has only one allie, and strange dreams to give her some guidance. She knows she has to do something about this, that she just cannot live this way. She 'sees' what she is to do, and it is an amazing thrilling journey as you walk with her through the bad and the triumphant!

I am very glad I read FERTS. It was well written and completely thought out story that kept me going until the last word!

Thank you, Grace Hudson, for an awesome story. My hope, with how it ended, is that there is a sequel! I would love to see what happens next.

So here is the link to buy FERTS by Grace Hudson.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A question-- Does anyone have an answer?

This is just a question.  And maybe the answer is that it is just a troll-- Before I even begin.  But thought I would post this to those that may be smarter than I am.

 A friend of mine, today, had someone post a horribly nasty 'note' on their Facebook account, publicly, where any one that also saw the picture this friend had posted could read it.  It was so defaming, so untrue, and terribly attacked my friend's character, yet this person was 'supposedly' upset over the issue my friend presented.

Shock filled me.  It was a long well written post.  You could tell they had thought about it before writing it, and had spent considerable time crafting their response, but it was so filled with hate and anger, and maybe even hurt.  I mean, this person was passionate about what they felt like my friend had done wrong-- to the point of seeming to hate her personally, not just the issue that they felt like she had wrong.  To top it off, it was so full of either complete misunderstanding, or out and out lies, that I could not help but respond.  As much as I could I tried to stick to the issues that were brought up, and the facts as I know them instead of lowering myself to attacking character.

My friend and I are very close.  I know her very well, and I know the facts were at best twisted.  In the post I could hear the person's anger and bitterness in their wording, even though, it seemed as though they did their best to write as if they were not bitter.  What really shocked me was, there was no provocation, and the other person was someone I had met before and thought was a friend of my friend.  I called my friend and asked what the circumstances were, and she was as floored as I was.  She just had not seen this coming.  She even mentioned that, even though they were friends, it wasn't someone she had spent a lot of time with, and so she didn't know what this person had against her, or why they did this in this way.  Why do this publicly to a friend?  --

Even if not a super close friend?

Has anyone had this happen before?  I'm sure someone has, but I am just trying to understand this and make sense of this.  I can't really accept the thought of the person being a troll, because to my knowledge they have never done this to anyone before.

If they felt so hurt, or upset, wouldn't they go to the person privately?  But in such a public format--

It just shocked me.

It probably isn't my business, but it was just vicious and very wrong (both content and how they went about it).  I felt as if I had to speak to defend my friend's honor.

Any words of understanding or wisdom?  I would love to hear from people.  You can PM me if you would like.  Or respond on twitter or here.  I am kinda trying to figure out proper etiquette-- if you will, and also really trying to make sense of 'why?'.

Thank you for reading this, and listening, and for any responses you choose to send my way (in advance thank you.)

This is Cat out.