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A science fantasy with a touch of romance.A utopian world with a touch of slavery.Kaley Blackburn is sent to Femme in her final year of Future Tech studies. The world is a socialist utopia of low crime, great health and advancements in technology that leave other worlds envious.It is a fantastic place to visit if you're a woman. Men, on the other hand, are the slaves thatA science fantasy with a touch of romance.A utopian world with a touch of slavery.Kaley Blackburn is sent to Femme in her final year of Future Tech studies. The world is a socialist utopia of low crime, great health and advancements in technology that leave other worlds envious.It is a fantastic place to visit if you're a woman. Men, on the other hand, are the slaves that tend to all feminine desires. Kaley knew about the world’s culture of slavery but never had to face it until she is assigned a slave, Mecca, for the duration of her stay.Mecca is handsome, intelligent and obedient, but every answer he gives to Kaley's questions only feed her growing concerns. Does Femme hide an ugly truth beneath its beautiful surface and can she trust her feelings for a man whose sole duty is to make her feel special?...

Title : Femme
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ISBN : 9781499523126
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Number of Pages : 270 Pages
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Femme Reviews

  • Dichotomy Girl
    2019-05-06 22:36

    Actual Rating: 3.5 StarsI found this while browsing the e-library, and I'm impressed because I didn't know it was Indie/self-published until I went to enter my review. It was interesting, but a bit underdeveloped, as I feel like we never got more than a surface glimpse of both the world and the characters. But I was intrigued enough to read it straight through, and stay up too late even though I was feeling sick.

  • Jeanette
    2019-04-23 22:16

    From the moment I saw the cover, I was hooked - and the contents lived up to this first impression. I thoroughly enjoyed Delia Strange's Femme. Femme is the first of the Wanderers of the Worlds series to be published. It is set in the near future when the Authorities (a coalition of technologically advanced alien worlds) have introduced Earth to portal travel (almost instantaneous travel between worlds). Apparently, the Authorities have been grooming and shaping Earth for two thousand years before they revealed themselves. Now Kaley Blackburn is offered a six week scholarship to study Future Tech on the exclusive world of Femme. This world is a socialist paradise for women. Men however are literally slaves and raised to be subservient. Kaley is surprised and uncomfortable when she is assigned a temporary slave, Mecca, who has been trained to supply everything she needs. We see Femme through Kaley's eyes as she is wowed by it's beauty and advanced technology, and as she struggles to understand the nuances of its matriarchal culture. Soon she is questioning all she knows to be true.Strange does a wonderful job of world building, of developing the romantic tension between Kaley and Mecca, writes intimate scenes tastefully, while raising questions about gender roles within society. Femme raises more questions than it answers, but it gets one thinking. Strange throws in a few curve balls, with a satisfactory ending, while leaving open more Wanderers of the World books. There were a couple of minor loose ends - for instance why do English and Authoritan appear identical. While it could be said that the Authorities surreptitiously guided language development to coincide with their existing language - using the chaotic amalgam of Celtic influenced Latin and Germanic Saxon with loan words from colonies around the world, this does seem a rather complicated way to do it. Then again, maybe it does make some kind of weird sense. Still, the trope that most technological development on Earth is the result of alien influence (because us earth natives would be too dumb to think of it) grows a bit thin at times. But this is only a very minor part of the book and did not detract from the world building that is integrated at many levels into a well conceived whole. There were also some minor style issues but again, as I found myself engrossed in the story and characters, they didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book.I enjoyed Femme for its visual and cultural richness, futuristic elements, thought-provoking sci-fi setting and romantic elements.

  • Jenn Schweder
    2019-05-20 21:14

    Femme is a down to earth escape...from Earth! Unlike some books I've picked up that aspire to create imaginary worlds full of characters that seem to possess the most lofty of ideals and attitudes, only to come off as pretentious and unbelievable, Kaley Blackburn--the heroine in Femme--feels as real as you and me. I found myself caring about the characters, feeling what they were feeling, and wondering what they were up to when I wasn't engaged in actually reading the book.Delia Strange has created a vividly colourful world in Femme, with a narrative that should appeal to fans of sci-fi, romance and even ancient alien conspiracy theories. Neon-lit descriptions of a densely populated city, loaded with ultra-modern and futuristic devices bring to mind visions of Tokyo or Hong Kong - at least, they do for a person who's only ever seen Tokyo and Hong Kong in pictures. Many modes of transport on Femme seem familiar enough, and almost lead me to believe that the author moonlights in some vast R&D program, designing exciting new vehicles for our not-too-distant future. Hints of mystery abound, and this keeps the pages turning for as long as it takes for the answers to reveal themselves. A satisfying read!

  • Linda Conlon
    2019-04-28 19:28

    'Femme' gives an exciting insight into an utterly unique world, with an innovative social structure. Essentially, it's a story about a young woman who's been looked after her whole life, that suddenly learns to look beyond her own concerns and develops both a social conscience and a depth of emotion that she was unprepared for. The story moved at a swift pace and I really enjoyed the way it started off light and grew in depth and complexity as it continued. It's a sci-fi/fantasy novel with a bit of romance thrown in and the ending made me cry! Really liked it :o)

  • Manfred Knight
    2019-05-21 18:14

    In the interest of full disclosure, I corresponded with the author before reading her book and voiced my concerns with the title and description of the novel, thinking it could come across as a turn-off to men, whose knee-jerk reaction would initially be to view her offering as less a sci-fi fantasy and more of a feminist fantasy. However, I was wrong.The story starts off with Kaley Blackburn, student/tourist, visiting a planet where women rule and men are slaves from birth. The first half of the book familiarizes the reader with the change in setting and culture, and shows how the main character herself becomes familiar with her own environment and becomes familiar with the other characters in the novel. Slowly, at first, and then with ever-increasing speed and complexity, she learns that not everything in paradise is as it seems.The author does a great job taking us though the gamut of emotions our protagonist feels and has the reader living and relating to those emotions in such as a way that the reader can’t help but root for Kaley’s success in all her endeavors.In toto, yes I WOULD recommend that men (and women) read Delia Strange’s book, Femme. Once a man gets past the details of how a particular character is dressed or how her hair is fixed (*wink), it really is a great read.~Manfred

  • Joanne Steptoe
    2019-04-26 20:25

    As a reader that loves both sci-fi and fantasy, it is interesting to find a book that has both elements. 'Femme' is primarily a science fiction book about another world were the 'grass looks greener on the other side'. As generally is the case in these type scenarios, when you look more closely, everything is not as it seems. This provides a sense of mystery and adventure that slowly unravels as the story continues, keeping the reader engrossed up until the very last page.Delia Strange also gives her characters depth and is able to show the strengths and weaknesses of human (and non-human nature lol) allowing them to develop and grow and reflect. Even when they start to recognise their own flaws, the characters still draw you in as you can relate to their personal conflicts.I was captivated by this story and I look forward to reading more works by this author.

  • Nicma
    2019-04-27 23:33

    I really procrastinated finishing this book. I attempted for months to obtain a hard copy and was unsuccessful. I really did enjoy this story with Kayla Blackburn and Mecca, her love. I was completely befuddled as to why the other girls, lead by Charlotte, never warmed to Kaley, and it just dawned on me, because she did not treat the Femme world and it's citizens like they were beneath her. I really had hoped that more would be explained about how Kaley was raised and there could even be a spin off from this title that explains how Mecca came to be and why he choose to become a slave. I really liked this novel, but there was so much missing for me. I'm sad i've concluded this journey.

  • Lynne Stringer
    2019-05-02 18:20

    Entertaining sci-fi book which clearly stands as the gateway to what could be a myriad of novels on different worlds.Femme is a world that Kaley (who is from Earth) gets to visit with the hope of living there permanently. It is a world where women rule and men are slaves. This was an interesting premise and I was pleased to discover that the book delivered a good story, building on this premise. There were some passages that I felt could have been made to 'show' more rather than 'tell' and I felt the ending was a bit abrupt, but it was nonetheless enjoyable and I look forward to more stories on some other worlds that Ms Strange has created.

  • Miriam
    2019-05-13 22:35

    Loved it. Totally resented when I had to put it down to get stuff done. Can't wait for the other Wanderer books now.

  • Carol Forrester
    2019-05-05 00:27

    I will admit that ‘Femme’ would not normally be the sort of book that I’d pick up when wandering around a bookshop or perusing Amazon. However, once I got into reading I found myself really enjoying what Delia Strange has created. Despite being set in a not-too-distant future, there is little about the world she creates that comes across as too unbelievable. I wasn’t sure how I felt about aspects such as ‘tourist worlds’ and worlds entirely dedicated to one aspect of life (such as study), but they manage to work within the context of the book.The characters have to be my favorite part of the whole book however. Despite playing the main role, Kaley Blackburn is in no way extraordinary. Something that I found incredibly refreshing. Delia Strange has created a character is is utterly realistic, a true representation of a twenty something year old student and despite being a romance novel Delia does not expect the reader to believe in true love at first sight or any other literary cliche. The relationships in the book grow slowly, and in each and every one you are left to question motivations, feelings and overall perceptions. Just as in real life, first impressions are often called into serious question.‘Femme’ is a beautifully written book. The chapters, characters and plot are all carefully crafted, subtly leading you deeper and deeper into the world of ‘Femme’, something that is wonderful to see in an era when the quality of the word is sometimes lost beneath other aspects. ‘Femme’ is a reminder that often little is as it seems and looking deeper can “taint” that perfect picture we are presented with, leaving us unsure of everything else we have been told and more than a little confused. Perfect doesn’t necessarily meant happy and ‘Femme’ shows this with a startling clarity.

  • Kasper
    2019-05-11 17:19

    Technology student Kaley Blackburn is granted the honour of being sent to the futuristic world of Femme to enhance her studies with a group of female Earth students. Femme world outwardly appears very advanced in technology, but socially is emotionally cold and backward, due to the oppression of the entire male population into slavery. There is a lack of familial recognition among the inhabitants.Kaley is assigned a slave to facilitate her integration into this strange but beautiful world. Mecca’s only job is to cater to the every whim of his mistress. He appears a dutiful and obedient slave, but is he content to remain in servitude forever? Despite her wishes to the contrary, Kaley develops feelings for her slave and this leads them to a difficult decision. In a surprise twist, her friend Ronika has a part to play in their plans.The book cover is absolutely stunning and captured my attention immediately. Unfortunately I wasn’t immediately drawn to the beginning of the book, where Kaley is waiting in a transport station for her portal to the planet. I think the lack of emotional connection with the Femme characters is intentional, but makes for a bland read. The story improves markedly as soon as Kaley is assigned a handsome slave who is selected to cater to her every whim and guide her during her 6 week stay.It develops into a smashing read and I definitely encourage you to give this series a try. I can't divulge the best twist in the book, but trust me, it's a good one. Great book from a new sci-fi writer.Recommended for fans of sci-fi romance novels from young adult upwards. I was given an ebook in exchange for an honest opinion and I enjoyed it so much, I bought an autographed paperback.

  • Mike Coville
    2019-05-19 22:30

    Femme is a wonderful, original and entertaining story. The main pov character is Kaley Blackburn. You quickly find out that she is a moral character that wants to do the right thing. It is easy to root for her. Being able to relate to Kaley also made it fun to learn about the world of Femme as she did, through her slave Mecca.Delia offers some good twists to the story and the supporting cast is littered with other interesting characters that you want to learn about.This book is subtitled: A Wanderer Of Worlds Novel. When you find out what that means, you immediately want to learn more. Delia will definitely have to write more about these characters, and you will have to get into line behind me to get them.Over all, Femme was fun to read and left me wanting more. I recommend this book to any fans of Science Fiction or Fantasy. If you give it a chance you will not regret your decision.

  • Wayne Stirling
    2019-05-18 23:23

    This was a truly fascinating and riveting book. Loved the mix of sci-f and fantasy with a dash of romance. No cliff hanger but definitely room for sequels. I found that Delia was able to have the right mix of everything in the story like a well balanced bowl of muesli. Can't wait for the next series. Had trouble with reading of the book as I had it on my kindle PC but it wouldn't transfer to my kindle so got part way through the book and my computer died hehehe. Delia lovingly sent me an autographed book and yes it was worth the trials of reading hehehehe.Thanks Delia for your wonderful gift.

  • Darlene
    2019-04-26 00:22

    Disclosure, I won this copy in an author giveaway.New planets and beings, new mores and fashions. Talents. All the things I like in a sci-fi fantasy. But this one didn't quite do it for me. Maybe it is not for my demographic. There was a lot of angst of the adolescent or new adult. Maybe they would actually love it. In fact, there were some lessons in the story that I thought would help many young people without being preachy.Even so, I want to know what happens in the next book. I will try to get around to reading it as soon as I can. But, YAY! for strong Femme and sci-fi!

  • Lorraine Slim
    2019-04-28 20:35

    Delia paints the futuristic world of Femme in vivid brush stokes. Although Kaley has travelled before she struggles with many facets of Femme's oddities. Kaley may have a slave but the rules are endless. Women have supreme power on Femme. Is the average woman on Femme really in control? When Kaley scratches the surface she finds out Femme is very different to Earth and the locals have very different morals to her. With a tear in my eye at the end - well done on your debut novel Delia.

  • Fiona
    2019-04-24 19:27

    Was absorbed into the world of Femme and Kayley's grapple with the complexities of this new world. Meeting Mecca only added to the layers, I could sense his desire for more as the story progressed and I wanted more for him too. Fascinating read, love a bit of romance! It kept me guessing till the end wondering what was going to happen! I look forward to reading more by Delia Strange. . .

  • Lesley
    2019-05-08 21:31

    A fun read that left me wanting to know more about the world of Femme as well as wanting to read more about Kaley and Mecca's adventures.

  • Penelope
    2019-04-28 23:26

    I was captivated by the utterly unique futuristic world Delia Strange created and I look forward to reading more works by her.

  • Shirlyn Chin
    2019-05-15 18:20

    3.5 stars3 stars for the overall effort and an extra 0.5 for the plot.To say that I am excited to be a First Reads winner is an understatement. This is the first time I've won a book and the little note Ms. Strange wrote makes it even more heart-warming. However I'm not going to be bias. I feel that giving my honest unfiltered opinions is the best way for me to express my gratitude. So, I finished reading the book on the very same day I received it in my mail and buckled down to write a review the next day.When I first read the blurb a few months ago my reaction was a wry smile. A lot of female authors I have encountered take the word ‘feminism’ to the extreme. The romance genre is riddled with authors who demonize men but give women carte blanche status to do almost every ridiculous thing imaginable. So honestly speaking, I was apprehensive when I picked up the book despite my exhilaration. I find it… troubling albeit intriguing that someone will take this women’s fantasy literally and wove a story from it. I was truly afraid that this will be another female empowerment novel and I will be forced to write an unpleasant review. Seeing that it is also under science fiction genre reassured me a little but the reassurance was short-lived after I see the feminism tag. So are my worries realised? Yes and no.This novel has its fair share of attributes and flaws. The beginning of the novel sees many details of the two airports Kaley’s been. I appreciate thejuxtaposition technique and think it is the perfect representation of the contrast between Earth and Femme. Some of the details provided for Femme’s buildings and transportation arelengthy though. This makes the beginning of the novel somewhat of a drag but I do not mind since they give the novelverisimilitude. In fact, I am instantly reminded of the Capitol in The Hunger Games―the people's restriction on freedom and the picture-perfect façade the government put on. It is apparent from the beginning that despite being supposedly compassionate creatures on Earth, the women in Femme crave control more than anything and are not afraid to be extremely ruthless to achieve their goal.All these however are oblivious to Kaley. I cannot catch the first narrator’s voice even after a few chapters because Ms. Strange focuses on acclimating the readers to Femme. Kaley’s impression of the new world is nothing but awe, which although understandable, does not give me any insight to her personality. This is a very shocking first for me as I'm always able to 'step into their shoes' whether the characters are similar to me or the total opposite. Hence, I'm sorry to say that this is a big flaw in my opinion. Introducing the world is no doubt very important especially if it is an alternate world and I commend the author for her effort. However, we would've felt closer to Kaley if she has more reaction other than being starry-eyed. We would've been able to see through her eyes rather than seeing the world through our own eyes.Another flaw that I would like to commend is that Kaley is quite self-absorbed and very ignorant. I know she is under an extremely limited scholarship programme so I expect a higher degree of intellect from her. I do not know exactly how to categorise her superficial view of most situations and her quick acceptance towards most things. And the one time she is not okay with the slave having to sleep in her hotel apartment? She handles the situation indelicately and might have offended the person in charge. For someone who is so very determined to get a scholarship from Shunso, I can only think of two probabilities for her behaviour: Kaley's own recklessness or the author’s failure at writing according to the situation. Of course, Kaley's lack of curiosity and the induced coma conveniently relieves the author the duty to explain the travel period and the journey to Femme. Kaley's lack of caring for her surrounding leads to a grand moment when she realises the extent of confinement for both men and women of Femme. This sounds like a weak attempt at suspense to me and sadly, Kaley’s seemingly harmless ignorance gradually transforms into self-absorbance in my mind. After finding out that Kaley is actually under a science scholarship and that she is expected to come up with a new invention or something in six weeks, her ingrained ignorance becomes unacceptable. Does she questions how her asthma can be cured almost instantly? No. Aforementioned ‘space ship’, world structure under the Athority, the reason Femme is somehow so much more advanced than Earth… The list is endless! And regretfully, all the answers are a big fat no. It is a nature for, if not a science student, then ascorerto be prepared, well-informed and curious. However, please do not take my criticism as my dislike towards Kaley. I do find her admirable sometimes but the inconsistency of the author’s writing makes that adoration more a distant admiration than affection. Kaley is determined and quick to admit her fault. But other than that, she shows a great deal self-denial which makes it difficult for her character to grow.On a lighter mood, let's discuss Mecca. Like most of the hero under the YA genre, Mecca has the distinct fortune of being designed to be lovable. However, Mecca's character is more well-developed than Kaley. Despite being unable to show much of his personalities at first due to the plot, Mecca is able to prove himself worthy as the story progresses as he shows more wit and character. I do feel that Mecca has more room for growth sometimes but after reading the ending, I readily admit that Mecca has learnt what he's supposed to learn in this novel - faith and forgiveness. Many Goodreads readers are very taken with Mecca and Kaley's romance and it comes as no surprise to me. YA readers tend to like a romance that is build slowly rather than the spontaneous chemistry most romance readers will lean towards. Again, this is one of the few times when I don't exactly know how I feel. The ending will surely cure any doubt about their budding romance, but the beginning is a whole other matter. Both Kaley and Mecca treat each other decently from the beginning, although it is a given in Mecca's case. Kaley has never shown much interest in Mecca, however, besides entertaining the idea of having a fling with him. That, I'm afraid is the root of my doubt as I find whatever relationship she develops with Mecca afterwards is cheap. They are compatible emotionally but the author never gives me any reason that both of them are special to each other.Also, a short note to the author: the ending of each chapter reads too much like an end. Usually, the ending of a chapter will intrigue and even sometimes force you to continue reading. It will certainly be a plus if the book can hook me in from the start to the end.Lastly, the description and the aspects of world building seem to deteriorate as the novel progresses until in the end they are just touch-and-go. Most I’ve mentioned as the things Kaley should’ve questioned but apart from that, here are a few I would like to name just off the top of my head:-The rainbow/ port-hole. Our dear Ms. Strange seems to want to use the less-developed version of Einstein-Rosen bridge theory. How very Thor of her.-The bloodline. We never did know whether the Wanderers are the same species ashomo sapiens or not. - While the colour-changing garments sound futuristic, with a lack of explanation they just sound like children’s fantasy.-The 'world' analogy is very confusing to me. Is it a planet? If so, how can there be only one for chocolate? It goes against every knowledge of Science.Reading Femme has been a short but exciting journey for me. It is certainly a terrific start for a debut author and I apologise if I sound harsh or mean as that is not my intend. I cannot adequately sum up the book as there are a lot of contrasting details and writing. However, I'm sure it is a minor problem that will improve with experience.Femme is a book with potential and so is the author.

  • Anne Hamilton
    2019-04-22 23:14

    Kaley Blackburn travels with five students from Wynnum University to the world of Femme - a planet with a society that empowers women. It's almost inexpressibly gorgeous, with beauty to please the eye, the nose, the mouth everywhere. It doesn't take Kaley long to discover its dark side: men are slaves on this planet. Mecca is assigned to her and she's constantly having him tell her that things are against local custom. She feels deceived when she realises this means it's against the law and he didn't tell her. But Mecca is caught in a bind - he has to please his mistress and he has to keep the law. Some things will get him a death sentence - such as a discovery he knows how to fight. This starts out as a portal fantasy, with lots of sf overtones. By the end, it's mainly romance. The interplanetary political background with the hinted "grooming" of Earth by the Authorities is an intriguing one. Some deep questions about empowerment are wrapped up in a romantic package.

  • Sarah Sentman
    2019-05-19 19:36

    The first half of the book was fantastic! It was a little awkward to try and understand the characters and their relations with others. Some of their behavior seemed out of character and threw me off. It was a really easy read and I was able to finish it within 2-3 days, (despite my extremely busy schedule).But the climax was small and disappointing. The action and character development ceased as soon as the climax had occurred. I lost most of my respect for the main character because she seemed to weaken and loose sight of her original dreams and goals. She just sat there and let the man do the talking. She was not a character I would aspire to be.The ending fell short. It felt like the last few chapters were simply thrown in, not bothering to give much detail. Most of the book gave extensive descriptions on things that I could care less about, but barely touched on important matters like the politics of Femme. Maybe, since it is a series, later books will give more information.I did enjoy most of the book, although I would not mark it as one of my favorites.

  • Deborah
    2019-05-07 23:27

    Kaley Blackburn is sent to Femme in her final year of Future Tech studies. The world is a socialist utopia of low crime, great health and advancements in technology that leave other worlds envious.It is a fantastic place to visit if you're a woman. Men, on the other hand, are the slaves that tend to all feminine desires. Kaley knew about the world’s culture of slavery but never had to face it until she is assigned a slave, Mecca, for the duration of her stay.Mecca is handsome, intelligent and obedient, but every answer he gives to Kaley's questions only feed her growing concerns. Does Femme hide an ugly truth beneath its beautiful surface and can she trust her feelings for a man whose sole duty is to make her feel special?

  • Carrie
    2019-04-26 19:09

    SO I don't really know what I think of this book. It was good. It certainly wasn't bad. But it was lacking. Just a lot of stuff wasn't quite right, like it didn't click. Also, I thought Mecca was very bland and too perfect. Kaley was kind of annoying at some points. The world building was great though. I just wanted more of the world and society of Femme and I wanted to see the other worlds. I did love Ronika. She was funny and provided nice reality checks for Kaley. The ending was somewhat disappointing. Authors keep making happy endings, but I personally would like more bitter endings. All in all, it wasn't a bad book. If you like typical YA books, I recommend it. If you hate YA books, don't pick this one up.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-04 21:27

    Wow! I really loved the cover so I hoped that the story would deliver and it did. A great sci-fi/fantasy/romance/adventure novel. I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say I love the idea of the world jumping and hope in future books we return to the world of Femme. If I had to give any criticism it would have to be that the time frame of the story felt a little bit rushed, so the character development didn't feel completed, I felt there was so much more to know about them. All in all I loved it and can't wait for more!

  • Bako Oganyan
    2019-05-04 20:24

    A book about a planet of male slaves who are raped by promiscuous women???? Please pass on this book there is nothing romantic or science fiction worth reading here.

  • Jodie Lane
    2019-04-29 22:15

    Great escapism, well written and thought-provoking here and there too with the gender issues.