Pinnacle Officer Wilcox has created FERTS amidst the chaos, a facility designed to protect the female population from raiding hordes.
Beth 259201, a newly-demoted Epsilon Internee, suspects that there is something more that lurks beneath the carefully constructed order of the facility.
She has a gift, one that could brand her a defective. A novice fighter, she must use her intellect to survive. Her own life, and the lives of many more may be at risk. Will she succumb to the plans in store for her or will she conceal her secret long enough to discover her own path?
FERTS is a post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller. Reader discretion is advised.
But I think this can happen sometimes, no matter how great a book is. If your mind isn’t ready for it, you just won’t get it. So, here’s what you need to know before reading FERTS:
Pinnacle Officer Wilcox has created FERTS, a facility designed to protect the female population from raiding hordes. Or so he said. "FERTS" did gather all the women, but not for their protection. FERTS made them objects to be bought and sold. They were stripped of their names and given numbers, and placed into categories. Some work. Others fight. But the most coveted position is that of a Vassal: one beautiful and obedient enough to be sold to a citizen of a nearby village.
The story follows "201" and her life inside the facility. Most of the women inside FERTS are brainwashed to want to become Vassals, but 201 is different. She wants more than FERTS can offer her.
Also, these books are very dark. The first time I read a scene in the "games ring" (no spoilers) I was like... "Wait, what? What's happening? Really? They do that? Really? What even is this?" So, there's your warning. If you like dark, dystopian books, this should go to the top of your reading list. If not, I'd still recommend it if you like thought-provoking reads. A wise woman once said that if you don't like something, you just haven't experienced the best of that thing. For example, if you don't like a certain food, you haven't had it cooked properly. Or, if you don't like dystopian (like me), you haven't read FERTS. But if you can't handle dark reads or violence, this probably isn't the book for you.
I feel like this would be the perfect book to read and discuss in a college classroom. I enjoyed pondering questions along the way, like: How did this happen? Could this happen in the real world? What would it take for people to behave this way? Would the women really accept the life FERTS gave them, and strive to become successful in it?
This book is powerful and thought provoking. It's very well written, and once it hooks you, you're sucked in for good. It's dark and suspenseful, and keeps you turning pages. I will certainly be reading the next books in the series, as this one definitely earned five stars.
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