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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Hystery App by V.T. Davy

The Hystery App by V.T. Davy
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Liberation Publishing (February 18, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0957408862
ISBN-13: 978-0957408869
Amazon: The Hystery App
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‘That’s not female liberation; we’re not really doing as we please but as the CEOs and marketing men of mega-corporations please; women are being boxed into yet another stereotype that pleases or teases men in exchange for our advancement. It’s prostitution on a global scale. It is as if the feminism that you and I know never happened.’ When the biophysicist Dr Brogan Miller and her partner, the women’s historian Dr Honor Smith, stumble upon a cosmic phenomenon that enables them to film the everyday lives of women from the past, they believe it will bring about a revolution in the way that women’s history is taught and studied. On the release of the Hystery app, their initial euphoria is not dampened as astonishing uploads from all over the world pour in showing women from all centuries at home, at work and at play. But, as the uploads take a more sinister turn, they realise that, in their excitement, they overlooked society’s appetite for new technology that bends each innovation to satisfy its basest cravings. It is only when tragedy strikes the couple and the extraordinary Erin James enters Brogan’s life that she finds the courage to put right what she has let loose on the world. In the second of V T Davy’s ‘state of the lesbian nation’ novels, he blends science fiction, lesbian romance and women’s history to ask whether the rights that women espouse today are those that were fought for by the pioneers of feminism or whether they have become distorted beyond recognition.


This story was a pleasant and welcome surprise. In addition to a contemporary romance, it contains science fiction elements, which it uses to explore issues regarding the treatment of women in male-centered societies. With strong, three-dimensional characters and an exciting plot, I couldn't stop turning the pages.

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