- File Size: 2152 KB
- Print Length: 420 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 27, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GWQXQ5M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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So Acanthus opens the book by finding himself in the midst of a battle he apparently started for reasons he can't remember. His bonded, Edward, is the leader of the boys and rescues Acanthus before the adults take him wherever bad boys go. Then it gets confusing.
In an effort to immerse the reader in the ignorance of the boys, the author neglects to give us even basic observational understanding of what is going on. Acanthus is incurious and really the most cowardly character I've ever read (he pees himself when things start to get hairy, and has to convince himself to act every time). He doesn't know, he doesn't want to know, it is too scary and he he can't be bothered to deal with it.
These boys know nothing of what happens outside the compound despite the presence of adult guards who supposedly would drop a hint now and then despite prohibits (there is a scene where a guard says/does something, and the reader is left thinking.... really? In 15 years that was the first time?
The kids don't act like real kids to me. They are like a mix of very child like and adult characteristics, not at all like teens.
Slowly things unfold. Kind of. Many questions are left unanswered. I didn't like Acanthus enough to want to continue his story, however. He simpered and whined all the time, and the total inability to act in the face of stress was not treated as a challenge by the author but just left as a character flaw (he is supposed to be some sort of leader. Really?)
I gave the book 3 stars because the premise, kids isolated by some catastrophe and left to develop a culture of their own, was interesting. The author, unfortunately, did not really pull it off.
Warning: Some spoilers.
*Movie Voice* In a world without women, where male children mostly raise themselves and are trapped in a magical cell block. Be prepared for gay male chocobo children, gay male giants, gay male cat children and other gay animal children that just aren't described at all. Be prepared for an amount of gayness that makes Liberace look butch. *end movie voice*
At first I thought there would be a little more explanation of the different animal/human races, but the author mostly skips over that to describe in detail hair coiffures, and hair braiding, and hair washing. When the male children are stressed out, they tend to pet each others hair coiffures. So, I hope you like braids and braiding, and not a lot of description of the people otherwise.
The girl children did exist at one time, but they were "taken away" and that is all we know. Over halfway through the book you will meet ONE woman. She is a courtesan. I think my favorite quote comes from her, "Why did you pick me?" The giant male answers," because you are good at combat." Which made me turn back four pages and make sure that they weren't sparring. Nope, they weren't sparring, they actually had sex. But it doesn't matter since her ovaries are taken out, so don't think that any children will come from the giant if you happen to really like his character and want his family line to thrive. He has a husband, so they will just die out. Seemingly so will the rest of those in the magical dome. Since, the woman aren't mentioned or even seen other than one time.
There is some intrigue with the adult males and the children that is very good. But seriously, the mystery hangs over your head the entire time. Where do the children come from if everyone is a gay male or forced to be a gay male because their wives were killed?
Also, the dome is attacked every once in a while. Why? In one generation they will all be dead anyway without females.
Then, thousands of "people" never really described who they are or where they came from show up for an ultimate battle scene towards the end of the book, which is pretty good. Except they throw a curve ball, someone's WIFE is on the field. Wait, what? No one notices out of these thousands of males that someone has a wife and she is on the battlefield? It would certainly have grabbed my attention. But it is just mentioned in passing while awesome battle action moves on.
So the priests grow up with magical powers, and with a lack of women they turn to each other, do their hair, braid their hair. They are some sort of animal people and when they are done looking fabulous they fight. I am just saying, until they find their women - I wouldn't expect a sequel.
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