In a world where women have taken the reins in business and politics, it’s men like Ryan Peters under the glass ceiling. In an attempt to break back into power, the secretive, vaguely-sinister Ryan hatches a complicated plan to level the playing field between the genders once and for all—it’s not easy standing up against a four-hundred year old female executive in a job interview, after all, when you’re only forty.
In the tradition of other socially-conscious science fiction, Boultbee’s novel incorporates contemporary issues of gender disparities into a future world, without (thank god) getting too preachy.
Reading time: One to two weeks. The Gender Divide is roughly 5,000 Kindle locations (258 physical pages), but the nature of the novel as a “thinking book” makes the story fairly dense.
Recommendation: Somewhere between “hard” and “soft” science fiction. Descriptions of biological enhancements and Ryan Peters’s weaponized “nanites” are detailed and believable, but just as believable are the portrayals of social and psychological changes in a radically different world.