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Superior: Adventure Romance Paperback – November 4, 2013
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
I found this novel to be engaging in both its style and content. It doesn't take too much imagination to realize that a state like Michigan...could be a model for all that happens in this futuristic tale. Citizens of the Protectorate have microchips embedded under the skin so that they can be monitored and tracked. So much easier than allowing the NSA to hack all our phones, right? ... I found the writing and the pace quite engaging. The story is interesting even if you don't draw parallels to present day politics, but I sure had fun doing that.
- Bett Norris, author, reviewer for Lesbian.com.
Amos' story follows young lesbian love and the trials arising from living in a protectorate. With vivid imagery and diction Amos allows the reader to delve into a new world far from the one we know. While the book is fiction, it parallels modern day struggles found accompanying same-sex relationships. Formally creating characters with depth and hope, Amos engages the reader with suspense that will have you rooting for their survival. ... I would recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration to live a life beyond the societal constraints they've been born into.
- All Things Lesbian
I was interested in...this colder wilderness up north. I got the book and really enjoyed it! It's a really fast read. The writing is pretty interesting.
I liked the romance...because it was a little unusual...you see the relationship change and evolve, and go through some nice moments...I found it refreshing to read a book that had a different sort of approach.
Good book. Recommended, especially if you find the setting or the concept intriguing and worth checking out for the slightly unusual take on the adventure romance genre.
- Mary, Queer Books Please, Audioblog #45
Love, romance, climate. A smart, good read...a romance, an adventure. A love story, tender and sweet, between two very likable young women, intelligent discourse on climate change and encroaching conservatism. The comfort and danger in being taken care of, looking to the past as an ideal, giving away our choices, our power, for safety. It's romantic, smart, and moves at a brisk speed. I like a romance that engages my mind as well as my heart. This one did both. A well lead and developed plot, fun, without being silly...worth checking out. I will be looking for more Zoe Amos.
About the Author
Zoe Amos writes short stories and novel-length fiction, as well as non-fiction articles and blog posts. Her short stories have been published in numerous anthologies by Alyson Books, Here Media, and Cleis Press. Read her blog posts on lesbian.com.
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But behind closed doors the two friends have fallen passionately in love. After hearing horror stories of same-sex couples being exposed and sent away only never to be heard of again the two women proceed into their taboo relationship carefully. Miss Kristian thinks practically and ponders marrying a good man who will take Miss Rhona into the home as a servant, but Miss Rhona is a romantic and desires to steal away into the night and attempt to escape to Canada. However, there are a few twists and unexpected events that lead to the ultimate decision- will they be forced apart or escape together?
The world-building in this book is extremely developed and phenomenal. The Superior Protectorate (formerly Upper Michigan) is its own country after Civil War II where refugees from the lower United States ruined the wildlife and practically demolished all natural resources. Canada has closed its border and allows the Superior Protectorate to rule itself in peace. The rest of the United States is in chaos but the Superior Protectorate is surviving with a Totalitarian government. Conservative and traditionalist values have been enforced and the society resembles that of the '50s where the men work outside the home and the women attend to the children and housework. Same-sex unions are strictly forbidden and come with harsh societal consequences. As one character states "we gave up our freedoms to have comfort." Also, a "green" type of movement has replaced the damaged natural resources and it was very interesting to read about alternative fuel and a society that survives off conserving resources.
The romance between the two main characters is incredibly tender and endearing. They have been best friends from childhood and their love has blossomed with their entrance into young adult-hood. However, I didn't emotionally capture the characters' essence as much as I like to. I felt like the characters where a little too one-dimensional and I would have liked to discover more depth and background for each of them.
The premise of this novel and the futuristic evaluation of a society was extremely unique and interesting. I would consider this a classic romance and if there was a lesbian Lifetime a made-for-TV movie would derive from this novella. I highly recommend this novella to those interested in a timeless romance between two women who overcome the restraints of society to be together forever.
The author’s complexity of characters trapped in a society of narrow gender-identified roles with severe penalties for stepping outside of those roles surprise you in how they chisel away to free themselves. This story reinforces the importance of risking for oneself as well as others.
My original interest in this book was because its setting is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a place I spent a lot of time as a child. I started reading it one night about a half hour before turning in and wound up staying up until I couldn’t hold my eyelids open. I recommend readers start reading this book much earlier in the day.