REVIEW | Jennifer Foehner WELLS: Fluency (Confluence #1)

Fulency by Jennifer Foehner Wells is an interesting sci-fi that tells a very realistic scenario
of what could happen if a ship was discovered around Earth space…

Fluency (Confluence #1) by Jennifer Foehner Wells
Rating: ★★★½☆
Editore Blue Bedlam Books
ISBN 9780990479819
Pagine 376
Prezzo € 12.48 paperback
€ 4.49 kindle
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Jennifer Foehner Wells

Confluence #1

NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960s. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it.
The ship itself remained silent, drifting.
Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it’s an adventure she can’t refuse.
The ship isn’t vacant, as they presumed.
A disembodied voice rumbles inside Jane’s head, “You are home.”
Jane fights the growing doubts of her colleagues as she attempts to decipher what the alien wants from her. As the derelict ship devolves into chaos and the crew gets cut off from their escape route, Jane must decide if she can trust the alien’s help to survive.


An interesting sci-fi that tells a very realistic scenario of what could happen if a ship was discovered around Earth space. In this book the author has recreated the mood of many sci-fi movies, fortunately without using the panic card where humans go on a rampage of fear. Instead she went with the adventurous feel of an exploratory group of people in a first contact mission. Yeah, obviously the government as its own ideas considering that they are sending a goup of people on an unknown “dead” alien ship…they are not prepared for what can happen once on board, even if the majority is military trained. They can only think about different possibilities and make plans accordingly… translated? a plan B is always a good idea. Still, as you can imagine, it doesn’t take much for things to get complicated.
The MCs are the truly interesting and original part of the book. Dr. Jane Holloway is a linguist who can learn quickly new languages and because of that is asked to join the expedition. The author doesn’t really explain how Jane’s abilieties came to be but it’s also true that in the world there are many things that can’t be explained (I don’t know if I like this but it’s a fact). I liked quite a lot the mental relationship between her and the alien creature. It’s a link that grows slowly but steadily during the book and makes possible for the reader to know Jane’s mind (and not only her actions) and the alien as well. However I have to say my favourite part was at the end, where the true adventure is starting. Infact, the rest of the story was a bit too slow…things seemed to go nowhere for a while. Now we have to wait for the next book in the series to discover if the promise of a great adventure in the space will come to fruition.

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