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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 47 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: March 20, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B007MHEQG8
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An enjoyable read.
In this story the main character Vret is on a college campus (I'm assuming they are college age but no physical age is given). Vret is a very likeable Sime, intelligent, hard-working, and well-intentioned. He becomes fascinated by a type of sime/gen fanfic writing which discusses historic characters from their planet's troubled past which is posted on the mainframe of their college campus computer network-in secret. One author in particular's pieces really intrigue him. Because the posts are anonymous, Vret works hard to discover the authors' true identity. When he does he discovers it is a beautiful young woman and he falls for her.
Then the boards take a darker spin, as another fanfic writer Blissdrip begins writing darker fic about the deaths the early simes caused, and the physical high and reactions simes get when killing gens. (Although simes have been trained to try to prevent these instinctive violent urges, some visceral core in the simes mutant dna still responds to this concept). After reading this provocative and dark material, Vrek finds himself phsyically affected. He is shocked but appalled and at times seduced by blissdrips' graphic portrayal of deadly violence.
It seems others are also affected by Blissdrips' writings, as his girlfriend's roomate and other young people reading the boards are hospitalized or taken away from the school to be treated. Vrek, who feels guilty for referring some of his friends to these secret sites vows to spend his free time trying to catch Blissdrip and shut him down.
During this time, he also romances his girlfriend, and gets to know his donor, a very kind male gen who becomes somewhat suspicious of Vret's unusual resonance after being on these boards and forums.
What can I say? I loved this story! Vret was a wonderful character, and I really admired his desire to catch Blissdrip and sympathized with the biological havok his body went through after being exposed to the illicit material. I also thought he was really innovative in how he handled the problem of Blissdrip and I really liked the bond he had between him and his donor Joran. The girlfriend character didn't get a lot of face time, but she was an intriguing character too. There is some mild eroticism, but not anything that was too graphic.
Should you read it? Yep! Good stuff, but don't read it if tentacles weird you out or this is your first exposure to sime/gen fiction. This is a character driven mystery, and there are no epic space battles, gunfights or deaths. Just two young people on campus trying to solve a crime.
My only criticism is that I would've liked to have known the character's ages, and a bit more about how they looked. I'm a visual person, and so I just assumed the characters resembled the nice-looking couple on the cover and were in their early twenties, however, I appreciate an author including these details. The other thing that wasn't clear to me was why Vret qualified after having his last donor, and what differentiated this donor/donation from the others. I know the transfer was good, but not clear what made it better and how he turned away from the kill insticnt. Also, Vret wonders why he qualifies when he hasn't done the delay exercise, and I wasn't clear on that either.
Oh! And I really hope to see more of Vret and his duties he gets at the end of the novel... Sound... Intriguing. I like how he thinks outside the box, and the author's compelling characterizations made me want to read more!!!
I have downloaded the next in the series, and will probably try to get some of the earlier ones on the kindle. I read them all in paperpack many years ago, and do not have them on hand to refer to. Such a shame!