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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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 that
Paperback, 270 pages
Published May 16th 2014 by Createspace
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Delia Strange
Sep 13, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This book - a debut - is a reflection of my own innocence in the years after high school. I wasn't caught up in the debate of equality, but I did have my own moral compass of what was fair and what wasn't. A bit of a prude and rather naive, I based my main character Kaley on my 20-year-old self. I think it's funny when readers comment how annoying she is... I was just as annoying at that age and they probably wouldn't have wanted to hang around with me (though I was a lot kookier than Kaley, whi ...more
Dichotomy Girl
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I 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.
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 befo ...more
Jenn Schweder
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 crea
Linda Conlon
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
'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 ...more
Manfred Knight
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 th
Joanne Steptoe
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 give
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Lynne Stringer
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 fel
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Totally resented when I had to put it down to get stuff done. Can't wait for the other Wanderer books now. ...more
Carol Forrester
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 th ...more
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Wayne Stirling
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 autogra
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA
Recommended to Darlene by: Delia Strange
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 g
Lorraine Slim
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. . . ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Shirlyn Chin
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

3 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 t
Anne Hamilton
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 d
Dave B
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Very good world-building, and I enjoyed the character development. I also liked the fact that Kaley changes over time with regard to the whole concept of Femme, and not only because of Mecca.
I do wonder about two things:
1. Would an earth university send its students to a planet with slavery? I would think not.
2. If a society has 50% of its population as slaves, is it likely that they would be so advanced? I daresay that if the US (and the rest of the world) had the same rest
Sarah Sentman
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 ob
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who enjoy YA books and dystopian books.
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 disa ...more
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Bako Oganyan
May 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great escapism, well written and thought-provoking here and there too with the gender issues.
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