The Fair and Foul (Project Gene Assist, #1) by Allie Potts


The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Juliane has a supercomputer for a brain and she isn’t afraid to use it. Perhaps she should be.

Juliane Faris is a brilliant programmer determined to change the world through scientific and technical advancement. Blinded by ambition, she will do whatever it takes to secure her legacy including agreeing to participate in an experimental procedure. The procedure grants her unprecedented knowledge and cellular control over her body but threatens everything she holds dear including her sanity. When others undergo the same modifications it becomes apparent that not everyone can afford the price that this technology demands.

Set in the not too distant future, The Fair & Foul is earth-based science fiction dealing with the next era of human evolution. The line between humanity and technology is blurring, and what seems like magic is only a scientific discovery away.


Genre:  (Urban) Science Fiction

Series:  Project Gene Assist, #1

Length:  271 pages

Release date:  2015-11-04



“Imagine a world where no one has to worry about another ugly wireless tower going into their backyard, a world with ageless infrastructure. Imagine a world with internet-enabled telepathy. I call it Project Gene Assist.”

As the lights came back up, Juliane readied herself to answer whatever questions would come her way. Her algorithm, in theory, was designed to automatically calibrate performance regardless of skin tone, age, or gender. It was perfect.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Juliane Faris – once enduring a certainly frustrating childhood/youth, now a brilliant programmer, living a dream.

With The Fair & Foul, Allie Potts has created a thrilling science fiction novel. It is a compelling read, drawing you in as you learn more about Juliane and her team. Allie Potts paints a pretty clear picture of the Juliane’s mind while the story evolves. I was drawn rather close to Juliane and her story. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is an nicely woven combination of the world as we know it and science fiction; the twists are sometimes surprising, do fit in nicely.

This is a book for you if you like science fiction series with a very urban touch, food for thought and characters with flaws and virtues.

The promising start of a series!


In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Many twists
Mood Suspenseful, hopeful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed, complex
Violence No violence (some hints)
Sexual content Some sexual content
POV Third person


About the author

Allie Potts, born in Rochester Minnesota was moved to North Carolina at a very early age by parents eager to escape to a more forgiving climate. She has since continued to call North Carolina home, settling in Raleigh, halfway between the mountains and the sea, in 1998.

When not finding ways to squeeze in 72 hours into a 24 day or chasing after children determined to turn her hair gray before its time, Allie enjoys stories of all kinds. Her favorites, whether they are novels, film, or simply shared aloud with friends, are usually accompanied with a glass of wine or cup of coffee in hand.

A self-professed science geek and book nerd, Allie also writes at


Connect with the Author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Fair & Foul?  Or – if you did not yet read The Fair & Foul – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Fair & Foul was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



4 thoughts on “The Fair and Foul (Project Gene Assist, #1) by Allie Potts

    • If you discard the scientific developments – you end up with contemporary fiction, Robin. Let’s see where the series leads. 🙂

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