- File Size: 4429 KB
- Print Length: 312 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 152086745X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Glass Fiction (April 14, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XQ5M31J
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book explores the thinnest lines between dependence, enslavement, and empowerment-- and mostly in the relationship, the home, and the world. The norm in M/M romances with animal people is some kind of exploration of themes of dominance and submission, usually in bed, and clashes of biological imperatives and social needs-- Fox Furry does all that with subtlety and takes the social justice point even further. The couple make their relationship roles from whole cloth, not out of expectations, and they come up with something that looks traditional and radical at the same time. The fantasy setting makes vivid how the role of "wife" (or "pet" as the novel calls it) is exactly the right choice for some people, in just the right circumstances. Changing just a few of the ingredients, on the other hand, would deny personhood and basic freedoms to the "wife." But denying women, or men, the right to taking a supporting role in their relationships is just as anti-feminist as denying them the right to independence. The whole book had me thinking about justice, sex, and science-- all without distracting from the core of any good romance: two lonely people finding each other.
The viewpoint character is an adorable fellow who starts life as an undersized, socially awkward, but otherwise ordinary guy and winds up transformed into the titular Fox Furry by nefarious means. The alien culture he finds himself in is fascinating, and watching him build a relationship with his rescuer is extremely sweet.
The book is from the POV of Collin, the man turned furry. He has severe anxiety, but no treatment is ever mentioned. His thoughts are also very problematic because it makes it seem like, because he signed a contact while under the influence of a weird truth serum with dupious side effects, that it meant he consented to being abducted for body modification and slavery.
So, he's abducted, surgically modified, stripped of his rights of personhood and turned into a pet, then put into a cage where a shock collar will torture him if he does anything wrong. But the end of the book, he's happy for it because he likes being a furry and pampered, so long as the guy who owns him is of his choosing. And that's considered acceptable...why? Where are the repercussions of being tortured? Where is the PTSD? Why was his anxiety mentioned but never treated?
There's a lot of triggers here with no resolution and that bothered me.
I also thought that Collin didn't ask enough questions. He sort of just accepted his lot in life and went with it, which is so weird to me I can't even tell you.
I liked the cop, though. Sean was awesome. Sort of too awesome, actually--I mean, he could do no wrong, and so that's not all that great for character development, but perfectly acceptable for a romance where half the fun is in Prince Charming saving the day and being sexy.
The world building had a lot of unexplored potential, so I hope, if there is ever a sequel, more on the culture will be explored.
Overall, though, I wasn't very impressed.
I want to start off by saying that I did not finish this book. Thank goodness, I got this book through Amazon's KU program and did not pay for it. Something about this author's writing is just so awkward to me. During the part of the book that I read, I was getting very frustrated. To me the author did not do a very good job of describing of what exactly was going on in the story. Maybe it got better later on, I just didn't like the story enough to find out.