Feral Machines by Ginn Hale ~ Book Review by Mel

Feral300x500Title: Feral Machines

Author: Ginn Hale

Publisher: Blind Eye Books

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/01/2010

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Science Fiction, M/M Romance


When the interstellar wildlife sanctuary Casaverde is quarantined due to an mysterious outbreak of malaria, Andrew Salazar must turn to military surplus synthetic life-forms to help him in his work as warden.

But Andrew soon discovers that the synthetics are far more complex creatures than he first imagined and that something more deadly than an old-world disease is stalking Casaverde.

My View:

This is a quiet science fiction on a remote planet with only very few inhabitants. It has this far-away and secluded feel to it without getting boring and claustrophobic that you sometimes find in these stories.

The strengths of this novella lie in the atmospheric setting, the interesting and even endearing synthetics (creatures combined of living and mechanical forms), and the overcoming of loneliness and finding someone to share your life with.

I think the characters—synthetics and humans—are all well-crafted and three-dimensional, without spelling everything out for the reader, and the love story between Andrew and Thomas is tender and sweet.

As is to be expected from Ginn Hale, FERAL MACHINES is well written, and being one of her earlier works, you can see the potential that she’s by now come to fully use.

If you’re looking for a shortish and interesting science fiction, I’d say you found the right book and would recommend giving this a try.


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This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

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