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(FERTS #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  44 reviews
The war is over. Resources are scarce. The population is dwindling in the Forkstream Territories.

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 f
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Published June 27th 2015 by Grace Hudson (first published June 26th 2015)
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A.L. Wright
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Placed in a dank reality based on the imaginings of a maniacal scientist, FERTS is a facility where “women” are trained to be exactly what men in this post-apocalyptic world want them to be. Or at least how one man in particular thinks they should all be.
No longer even referred to as women, they are relegated down to just numbers as identifiers, and used as often as the male officers wish. All hidden behind the agenda of their “training” to be the ideal woman, and grace the men of the villages w
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This dystopian novel really resonates, especially while watching The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu. The life of a woman in FERTS is not worth much at all, and it shows how one scientist is able to take control of a population by "saving" the women from horrible fates. With the #metoo movement spreading across the internet, this novel appears to be written in response to both The Handmaid's Tale's surging popularity and the #metoo movement. However, the book was first published in 2015...

This book was
Ed Ryder
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
FERTS is a dystopian future story based in a compound controlled by a man called Wilcox, where women are raised and conditioned as property for the male populous outside. Each girl is assigned a category based on physical attributes; the beautiful train in seduction techniques and hope to be bought by the local townsfolk and bear their children, the strong provide entertainment through fights and the others perform manual labour within the compound. None of them want to be in Zeta Circuit, which ...more
Chessy The Cat
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
After the wars, Pinnacle Officer Wilcox establishes FERTS, Fertility Emigration Resource Training Supply, to maintain control over women, whom he believes are the source of all of man’s conflicts. Beth 259201 has been demoted to Epsilon, the fighting circuit, because her muscle mass is too high to be a Vassal. At FERTS it is the desire of all women to become Vassals in hopes of being sold to a Vendee and producing a Sire. But, not 201. She can think for herself and is not subject to the brainwas ...more
Andy Peloquin
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
While it took me a chapter or two to get into the book, by page 30 I was fascinated. I found myself curious to find out more about these "Beths" (each with their own unique number) and the horrible "breeding world" in which they lived. I LOVED the way the girls were ranked according to the various factors (attractiveness, musculature, personality, etc.). It was a fascinating look at what would happen if modern society broke down "being a woman" into numbers and formulas.
The story overall was pre
Wendi Wilson
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this post-apocalyptic world, one man has created a world of subservient slaves- all women bred and trained to serve men, either in a sexual sense or for sport- to compensate for his own failed attempt to gain the respect and love of the one woman he wanted. The scenes are all-written, descriptive and I felt drawn into this world from the very beginning. Our heroine, Beth 259201, doesn't fit the mold and through a second sight type of sense, she dreams of a word outside, of two girls who escap ...more
Victoria A. Crawford
Good read

Took me back to my days of being a radical feminist. Good coming of age book for young women. Victoria
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Ferts is an interesting glimpse at the future that shows a lot of its influences which isn't a bad thing at all. You get small glimpses of 1984 and the Handmaid's Tale which are classics in this genre so it makes sense when you set to write a book like this. The problem here is I had a hard time following the plot at times and had to go back and reread parts because I couldn't figure out what was going on. It's still an interesting beginning to the series and once I figured out what was going on ...more
Rose Channing
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is excellent, high quality dystopian. It's powerful, thought provoking, and very well-written. Once it hooks you, you're sucked in for good. It's dark (maybe too dark for some, so be warned) and suspenseful, and keeps you turning pages.

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 wom
Big Book Theory
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this story. I love dystopian stories and in this one a mad scientist is in love with a fellow scientist named Beth who does not love him in return so his evil plan is to create a place where woman will be kept captive, whilst men can live freely. The beginning was a little slow as the author introduced us to this new world and described the different circuits, but then when we meet Beth259201 the pace is brilliant. Together with 201 we lose the closest thing we have to a ...more
Kellie Steele
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hooked from the start

FERTS had me hooked from the start. I simply could not put it down, but I and became very obsessed with 201's predicament. I would recommend this post apocalyptic story to anyone who enjoys the genre. I have

Bought the next one, and I'm going to to start reading straight away.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Why is it that every time there is an apocalypse, women get the shaft. At least for a while. Loved the story. The characters were amazing.
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Of all the dysfunctional worlds in all the dystopic SF I have read, I think the world portrayed in FERTS is the most sheerly unpleasant. A world in which every female is conditioned into a kind of repulsive air hostess, it is like a cross between John Norman's Gor and Stepford.

It isn't often that I say this, in fact I don't think I have ever said this about a novel before, but I would have liked to see this one longer. It's a good read, very good, but I'd have liked to see more time spent on th
Cori Dyson
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys character driven novels.
Ms. Hudson graciously provided me a copy of the book free in exchange for an honest review. Her book is available free to download for free now through Kindle Select program.

This is a remarkable novel, but made even more remarkable by the fact this is Grace Hudson's first novel. I am very impressed with her debut novel and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Oh, yes, this will be a series folks and be glad, because you are in the very capable hands of Grace Hudson. I must admit,
Jun 21, 2018 marked it as free-read
Shelves: dystopian, kindle
Dark dystopian

Free on Amazon 06-19-18
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is not a book about human gaseous emissions after all.

A series of wars, using conventional weapons, has decimated the world’s population, and the residue of humanity slowly reforms pockets of society again. In this world, one very disturbed individual blames all our woes on women. Somehow, he develops a high tech facility where women are kept captive and processed/trained to be nothing more than sex slaves...and slaves in general (his answer to lasting peace!). These females seem not only
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Another dystopian lock-up-the-women-and-use-them-for-breeding/rape type tale. Seems to be a lot of them around, none of them a patch on The Handmaids Tale. FERTS didn't particularly grip me, I found the way that the main character somehow dreams/intuits all of the knowledge to be unconvincing - it would have been far better to have just split the narration between several characters. I'm getting a bit jaded by this kind of story - where are the books in which it's the men getting locked up and b ...more
Catherine Herzog
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 sed ...more
Sheryl Lee
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
FERTS is a wonderfully complex and rich novel by Grace Hudson. Initially a bit confusing, all the questions are answered as you read on. FERTS is set in a post-apocalyptic world, with the facility where most of the action occurs run by a misogynistic psychopath. This is where the main character, Beth259201, resides. As you read you learn that all the women in the facility are called Beth### and later on in the book you learn why.
201, as she is called, is a woman of high intelligence and begins t
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
The story plot develops well as this pocket of organised, but sick, dystopian society continues to rule over and abuse women. Led by a Psycopath who was jilted in the past who now views women as little more than dirt. The characters are developed and the story moves along, slowly at times, but that does little to rob the book of a star.

The development of the main character's psychic abilities is incongruous at times; firstly described as nightmares later to become defined as visions of past and
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have the impression that Grace Hudson was trying to write a more overtly post-apocalyptic take on The Handmaids Tale, but FERTS doesn't come anywhere close to achieving this. A large part of the problem, for me, is that Hudson is too explicit about her world building, to the point that narrative frequently grinds to a halt so that the author can inflict yet another gratuitous infodump on the poor reader.

Not only is this incessant infodumping jarring, but it also has the unfortunate effect of h
Michael Mardel
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FERTS by Hudson revolves around the sole supply of female Vassals for the town's male Resident Citizens - Fertility Emigration Resource and Training Supply. All Vassals are aged 16 to 26 and none are older. The most aesthetically pleasing were assigned to the Beta circuit - they had an Attractiveness rating of 8.5 and above and a Fertility score of 9.6, Vassals were returned to FERTS should they become pregnant. The Omega circuit contained those 7.9 and Epsilon Vassals had a Fertility rating of ...more
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A futuristic dystopian thriller where females are taken from the surrounding townships and trained to be Vassals and 'farmed' out to the male townspeople for their pleasure. The other group that did not make it as Vassals are trained as fighters to take part in the monthly games where their life may be forfeit. Beth 201 - all the girls at FERTS (Fertility Emigration Resource and Training Supply) are named Beth ### starts out as training to be a Vassal however she just doesn't have her heart in i ...more
Susan Jordan
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't generally read dystopian novels but the premise of Grace Hudson's FERTS I found intriguing, so took a chance. I'm glad I did. The world Hudson creates is quite believable and is a dark world indeed. In one area of a post apocalyptic world, one brilliant but deranged scientist has created his own version of utopia in which women no longer exist as women, but as slaves to the most basic and perhaps base functions to serve men. None exist past a certain age but are "expired." All are assign ...more
Julie Powell
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a disturbing yet compelling read and reminded me of The Handmaid's Tale because of its emphasis on exploiting women...who in this case, are not even thought of as such.

It's a dystopian future where the female gender is used and abused purely for men and their desires. 'Prisoners', are known by numbers, and this story focussed mainly on 201, who seems to be different - intriguingly so.

Themes such as power, control, image and rape, alongside insanity and cruelty, may intensify anger - hen
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book, I was to be honest, a bit unsure. There was a lot of information being drilled into the reader, and it was very hard to take in. But once you get past the first 20% the story starts to take off. It is fairly well written, I would maybe recommend another editorial read through, as a few times there was either missing or extra words. This did not detract too much from the story.
The pace was fairly slow going to begin, but quickly picked up pace towards the
Gian Andrea
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
Ferts in an exciting thriller, that hooks you up all the way through the read. But with deep and raw themes, it may not be for faint-hearted, reader aware.
The style is simple and clear, with well-detailed descriptions that will throw you into the story and this post-apocalyptic world where the characters act.
You will easily find yourself sympathizing with 201, and her battle for survival.
I did enjoy it and I spent some good co
K.A. Duggan
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Such an interesting post apocalyptic novel. I'm a huge fan of these types of novel and am blown away that this is the authors first book. The imagination she must have, to come up with a story such as this... well, let's just say I want to steal her thoughts.
I thoroughly enjoyed it!
The author eased me into this with great descriptions so I could easily envisage the facility and then she picked up the pace until I cursed the end of the book! How could you leave me hanging like that?
I'm praying th
Cathy McGough
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ferts, the first novel by Grace Hudson has a lot going for it. The main character Beth 201 tries so hard to be what everyone expects her to be, yet no matter what she does she cannot help being herself. Sounds like most teenagers, right? This gets her into situations and through no fault of her own she is used and abused by those who have power over her. Don't want to give away any spoilers. A couple of parts were quite confronting and very difficult to for me to read and I imagine were also dif ...more
Jan Harvey
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow what can I say a very interesting and thought provoking book, it pulled me into a frightening possibility of a future for mankind which I hope never happens, it is well and cleverly written and I lost myself in 201's plight if you enjoy books like the hunger games or handmaids tail you are going to love this, love the end where she run's fabulous ...more
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“We are gathered here to send our gratitude to Pinnacle Officer Wilcox
and FERTS, for our daily provision and protection from those who would seek to strike against our Vassals, our Fighters and our Internees.”
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