Opposites by TM Smith ~ Book Review by Caroline

22034260Title: Opposites

Author: TM Smith

Publisher: TTC Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/01/2013

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, Gay Romance, Lesbian, Science Fiction

Blurb:

In the year 2081 our planet survived global warming of an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded Dr. Anthony Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty first century, he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene. This gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay, and all female children be born lesbians. A new society is born.

In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the twenty fourth century having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins Aiya and Aiyan are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems.

Love is Love.. it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions and boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi that he is matched with and eventually marries. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two hundred years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.

*WARNING* Opposites is a majorly M/M New Adult novel that contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, lesbian and straight couples.

My View:

Opposites is set in the future after a catastrophic global warming event that changes the face of the world we know it. Same sex couples are the norm with opposite sex couples being called just that, opposites, which are seen as an anomaly and forbidden by law.

The children of this new world have 2 mothers and 2 fathers which was interesting but also sometimes confusing. As book 1 in the Opposites series there is a huge information dump which consumed me for the first half and if I’m honest left me completely confused a lot of the time.

There are a LOT of characters here and a lot of very similar names. When I got to the midpoint stage of the book I made a conscious decision to give up stressing over trying to remember who was who and which set of parents belonged to which child and concentrated more on what was happening to each couple – this made much more sense to me, was easier to understand and increased my overall enjoyment of the story.

The two main characters are twins Aiya and Aiydan who are brought together with Maeve and Kaden for a modern day arranged marriage. Aiydan and Kaden fall for each other from the start and spend a lot of the book breaking furniture with their very exuberant sex life. For Maeve and Aiya things are not so simple. Maeve has already found a woman that she wants and Aiya defies all the rules and falls for Sawyer making her an opposite, something her family is totally opposed to. We also meet Raven, a priest, who falls for Tanis and I would definitely like to read more about them in the future.

Overall I enjoyed Opposites especially the later part of the book when I wasn’t so bogged down in trying to remember who was who. The idea and the concepts were something new to me, there was also the added mystery of Gorilla Man who I hope we learn more about in the future.

Links

Opposites on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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