Publisher: DHW Books
Series: TranzCon #1
Jon Chandler is rich. Very rich. Born into a wealthy banking family he upgraded his silver spoon first to gold, then to platinum. With money no longer an issue or an interest he put his business ventures on hold to pursue a career in politics - and he's going all the way to the top.
But Jon has a problem, since the TranzCon service was launched his rare Delta 2 mind-type has made him a mental leper. Compatible hosts are few and far between and when the host of his choice is killed in a bizarre ritual murder the only alternative is unsuitable in so many ways - but what choice does he have? It's only for a few days and after all, what could possibly go wrong?
Jana Kell is small, pretty and penniless. When she discovers she's a member of a rare mind-type group she knows there's big money to be made from working as a host for TranzCon travellers.
Mindswap - it's been done before, but never like this
Where to Find Jonathan Huls
The writing style of David Hulett Wilson is… well, it is long. At nearly 600 pages, the book is gruelingly long. The lengths that the author goes to in order to make sure you understand every key point in the plot twists are long. The length of descriptions for the utterly mundane in the book is long. Even the full title of the book is long – FEMALE 22, IS AVAILABLE FOR RENT (AS A TRANSCON HOSTESS). The description I am having to write so as to convey how long David’s writing style comes across is unforgivingly long.
It is all worthwhile.
Female 22 is an elegant and subtle science fiction novel that blends just enough futuristic technology with today’s science to keep readers entertained but grounded and able to understand everything that is occurring. The creative story is what really keeps this book together. Jon and Jana must mind swap in order to facilitate a business meeting Jon must attend on a planet many lightyears away. On the return transfer, everything goes wrong and Jon is left in the female body with everyone thinking the swap was a success. The problems that Jon runs into trying to prove he is who he is, but appearing like a she, is astounding and highly entertaining.
I found some minor editing issues along my read but nothing that drew my attention away from the storyline. The art on the cover is gorgeous and the short, choppy chapters that the book is divided into are rather pleasing. The main characters are enjoyable and realistic. In our current struggles as a nation to fully accept the LGBTQ community, I have a sense that there is a subtle underlying theme or lesson that people can take away with them from the read. The ending has a pleasant twist that leaves the story open for a series, if the author so chooses, but gives the reader closure by wrapping up this volume rather nicely.
Female 22 is an amazing story. Some readers will get bogged down by the punishing amounts of mundane acts described by the author but those that power through those particular parts will be rewarded with a story that is rich and creative. If an editor were allowed to remove a third of the book (there is that much fluff), Female 22 would easily earn that fifth star. If the edits were to happen, I can also see Female 22 topping the charts of the sci-fi rankings.
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