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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Pam Clayton is looking forward to her fourth year at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. She hopes to complete her degree in New York City – close enough to visit her parents frequently, while leaving her small Canadian hometown. Since the death of her brother, Ben, she has a different perspective on her life. Daryl Oates, only 30 years old, is Vice President of Soft-Cell, a cell technology company in Palo Alto, California. He is also working on a music app. A past college roommate, Aidan Pierce, invites Daryl to a family get-together in the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence river. Aidan brings his new girlfriend, Alexis – who has a special connection to Pam. The chemistry between the two self-described nerds, Pam and Daryl, is strong, beginning with a happenstance first meeting. Fate continues for these two in the romantic novel, Flux: Pam & Oates Part One, written by M. J. Woods.
This story is a modern-day romance, including text messages, emails, and current slang. There is a large cast of characters, mostly friends in their twenties, but it also includes parents, co-workers and a somewhat flaky college advisor. The geographic settings also add flavors of today’s world – the high-tech world of northern California, aspects of Canadian life and opportunities in large, East Coast cities. The story flows smoothly as the chapters alternate between the voices of Pam and Daryl. Author M. J. Woods has crafted a well-written, new romantic series in Flux: Pam & Oates Part One. It will be interesting to see what happens to Pam and Daryl next!