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Dissent (The Nexus, #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This thrilling and inventive space opera takes us to a fascinating and terrifying future where newborn life is won in battle and death. Genetic engineering has removed the male influence and Femes, a sapien race similar to legendary Amazon Warriors, fight each other for supremacy across the galaxy.

Despite being born with the genes of nobility, Kaylenn decides to prove
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Paperback, 1, 232 pages
Published March 31st 2016 by Phase 5 Publishing, LLC
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Bradley
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm very conflicted about this novel.

On the one hand, it does descriptions very well, with clear prose and some extremely evocative visual imagery. This is true all the way through space battles, ground battles with tanks or bows, and even a wonderful fight with a wolf. I never once got bogged down in bad prose. Everything from these through the dialog ran smooth.

The novel is obviously full to the brim with emotion, too.

I can't say that there's an awful lot of different kinds of emotion, but
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Rhett Bruno
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was provided an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

I was very surprised by this novel. It's odd, unique, and yet somehow familiar. A bend on a space opera in a universe that strays from many of the normal tropes. While not perfect, it was a very fun read.

I'm a sucker for great descriptions, and they're top notch here. This book is written extremely well, and as the universe inhabited by Femes is expanded on throughout I found myself drawn in by the
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Justin Robinson
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
The universe presented in Dissent is fascinating and busy, brimming with big ideas. The author, though, doesn't seem to have complete control of it, as it periodically spins out into chaos, leaving the reader grasping at straws. At its best, Dissent suggests a voice blending the boundless imagination of old pulp space opera with a modern eye toward technological and social progress. It's a bit of a mess, but it's never a boring one.
Erin Penn
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
A good description of Dissent (The Nexus #1) is Different. A very different society ("females" with "xenogenesis" as their procreation method) in a whole new universe. Images are solid ... Plus enough normal stuff to ground the space opera without it going all Tim-Burton-strange: action really picks up in the second half of the book, political subterfuge, space battles, fights between sentients, fights against nature, fights against animals (I did mention lots of action in the second half of the ...more
Sheilah
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Imagine an all female world, where men do not exist. Likely wiped out by their female superiors. In Dissent, you enter a world where beasts birth the human babies and women have more testosterone than men.

I liked the ending, the last big chapter, the climax if you will. I felt like the story finally was coming together and I saw the purpose. Olbert, is a good writer, in that he has created an alternate world unlike anything I have read before a skilled world builder. It was rather fascinating
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Rabid Readers Reviews
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Phase 5 Publishing gave me this novel as an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for my review.



Thomas Olbert has built an interesting female driven society in Dissent. Babies are genetically engineered by the Nexus and won from their host mothers when cut from the abdomen after bloody conflict. We get glimpses of the Nexus that are fascinating because it illustrates the cyclical style of procreation in the race. As with any society, theres a pretty rigid class system and Kayleen and Saaryth are at
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Maya Preisler
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I was provided an ARC copy in exchange for a fair and honest review*
There are books best read for escapism; flights of fancy that are loved like a good desert. Then there are books best read for thinking; stories that provoke us to thought and question. These books, much like a main meal, must be considered and digested. Dissent by Thomas Olbert is one of the latter. Nearly a week after finishing the book, I still find my mind wandering around the world he created and wondering about its
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