Author: Darcy Abriel
Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/28/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Science Fiction
Earth of 4035 is a wasteland populated with sectors of penal colonies, seeded through the generations by its life-long inhabitants of criminals, lunatics, political prisoners, and DNA-spliced mutants, all ruled by a powerful conglomerate of scientific researchers called the Nucleate.
One such sector, Pandemonia, is situated on the former European continent in the vicinity of Paris, now a hunting ground of a world gone horribly awry.
When Dr. Swane Fox, a behavior scientist from the peaceful planet named Daudulis 40, enters Pandemonia to study its criminal society in an effort to save Earth, he is assaulted. Only a stroke of good fortune keeps him alive when a surly, uncommunicative prisoner named August steps in to save him.
Now, without a way out of Pandemonia since everything he owns has been stolen, Swane realizes his only hope of survival is accepting August’s offer to become his protector—for a price.
Both men have ulterior motives for joining forces, yet if anyone discovers their true goals, they will end up dead. Will lies, mistrust, and initial hatred prevent Swane and August from learning the truth about each other, to give in to their most passionate desires and perhaps even finding love in the least likely of places? Or will their destinies destroy them first?
I read this out of order. I read book 2 first and liked it so much I backtracked and read book 1. I do not think there is anything in the series so far that dictates the order in which I should have read these books. I enjoyed both equally and did not need information from the other to do so.
I greatly enjoyed this novella. It was just as dark as the first but had a more somber and desperate feel hile book 2 was more hardcore. It also gave me views on different aspects of Pandemonia than book 2 did. This book was gave tidbits of many of the aspects of life on Old Earth and in the Pandemonia Colony. It set the stage for concepts that can be explored more fully in future books, like the genetic modifications in book 2.
I really liked August. He was a worthy character in my eyes. While he may have been deemed a criminal, he was anything but. He was so hard on the outside, but he was so caring on the inside. Risking himself for the bettering of others. And I loved the way his true nature was hidden at first but then slowly revealed to the reader when it was necessary. I actually connected to him even when I thought he was just another criminal. So when his gooey insides were revealed, I just loved him that much more.
There was a bit lacking for me in Swane and August’s developing relationship. I assume a lot of their attachment happened off page so I felt a bit lost as to why things turned into love. I understood the lust, and understood the slow respect that was achieved as August was revealed, but I never understood Swane and why he fell in love with August so fast. Maybe if some of the off page was explained more I would not have seen this as a case of Stockholm syndrome rather than true love. But when Swane left luxury behind to go back to Pandemonia and that corrupt society, I got over my need for more explanation and just went with the hope and happiness the love between these men made me feel.
Finally I loved the contradictions that were presented in this story and how they actually enhanced my appreciation for this society and its inhabitants. I love that while this was set in the future, things were still so old world with its Roman baths and identification papers. I also love that while August was outwardly a hardass, he was a true good guy and savior of others. I loved that the futuristic world existed as this novel and elite society, yet the government on Old Earth still tarred and feathered it’s bad actors. It was very much that Old Earth was recreating society as it evolved and the new world left it alone. I am looking forward to more about this new generation of born Terrans and what role they will play in the future. Overall, the disparity in what would be expected of a futuristic society and what was actually happening was a creative twist and held my interest.
I hope the author has more installments of this series. I am hooked and want more.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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