- File Size: 1915 KB
- Print Length: 105 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lagomorph Press; 2 edition (May 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EPAC5GM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I found Reggie to be engaging, and someone that was very easy to care for.
I had accidently read the 2nd book in the series first. Reading the 1st book, helped to clear up a lot of confusion I had. I'll most likely go back and reread book 2 before I move on the third in the series. I'm very much looking forward to it.
But the writing was pretty good and I liked the characters a lot. I liked seeing the strong older sister and the younger brother who gets protected. I liked the way the author played with gender. Though I thought it was a little compromised by the woman (being vague to avoid a spoiler) that was resented for being good at her job and asked to quit. I get it. It was supposed to be like a man being accused of working too much and not giving his family enough attention. But men in that scenario still aren't generally asked to give up their career.
And as much as I appreciated the twist on the genders, I never could get comfortable with it. The idea that men are prohibited from doing something because of their biology and therefore oppressed by women, who are physically more capable, read very much like the reader was invited to feel sorry for the 'poor oppressed men.' And given the current state of the world, that was a request that chafed. If this was a book written with an intended male audience, such that they were being invited to put themselves in women's shoes, I would rally behind it. But it's not. It's written with a female audience in mind and, as a woman, I'm just not really interested in being asked to 'think of the poor, pitiful men,' when they still wield the bulk of social control in real life.
Lastly, the whole latter 1/3 of the book, when Reggie ran off to do something incredibly stupid, made no sense. I could find no logic in this action that made it even remotely believable. I basically think the book just spiraled off into nonsense at that point. Also, I was fine with it, but in case anyone else isn't, I wouldn't really call this a romance. There are two gay men and a bit of flirting, but no romance, as far as I'm concerned.
Over all, not a bad read, just one with a few problems.
The MC, Reggie, is an assistant professor with the desire to improve the world. Unfortunately, the world is resisting improvement. Too many people like the power imbalance and benefit from it. It will be interesting to see how the author develops his themes as the plotline matures.
Explicit content: some violence, allusions to sexual content but none actually on-page
My biggest wish for this story was that it seemed a little short. It's more of a lead-up than a real exploration of these characters or the world. Other reviewers mentioned a lot of worldbuilding, but to be honest, I found it pretty lack-luster in that regard. We don't really get explanations of the sorts of powers Wielders get, or the real distinction between Corruption/Taint. I also felt the gender divide was hugely underdeveloped. There's no way a world with such a massive power gap between genders would be otherwise identical to ours. There's just a lot here that was underdeveloped.
At the same time, the main characters are interesting and sympathetic. The subplot about our hero being incorrectly accused of sexual misconduct was genuinely worrying, since that's something that happens in our world all the time. The budding relationship between our leads was well done - they don't come together in this book, but the seeds are planted. Neither of them are abusive or violent as you often see in books of this genre. I also liked that our main character had a strong relationship with his sister, as you don't see that too often in fiction.
Overall, if you just want exactly what this book offers on the blurb, I think you'll be satisfied, but if you want a more in-depth exploration of the world and such, you'll be left wanting.
Top international reviews
The world building is intricate and impressive, but it takes precedence over characterisation.
Although I enjoyed the fact that the sexual orientation of the lead character was a minor issue, and he had to deal with minor issues of accusations of both male and female students hitting on him.
I'd like to see where this one goes.
And me being me, I liked the torture scene....