Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Narrator: Gomez Pugh
Publisher: JCP Books
Cover Artist: Jordan Castillo Price
Story Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/07/2016
Length: 10 hours 46 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Apocalyptic/dystopian, Gay Romance, Menage/Poly
The chemistry between these three men is undeniable, but is it enough to save Manhattan?
Imagine a world without hunger.
In 1960, a superfood was invented that made starvation a thing of the past. Manna, the cheaply manufactured staple food, is now as ubiquitous as salt in the world’s cupboards, pantries and larders.
Nelson Oliver knows plenty about manna. He’s a food scientist–according to his diploma, that is. Lately, he’s been running the register at the local video rental dive to scrape together the cash for his outrageously priced migraine medication.
In a job fair gone bad, Nelson hooks up with copywriter Javier and his computer-geek pal Tim, who whisks them away from the worst of the fiasco in his repurposed moving truck. At least, Nelson thinks those two are acquainted, but they’re acting so evasive about it, he’s not sure how they know each other, exactly. Javier is impervious to Nelson’s flirting, and Tim’s name could appear in the dictionary under the entry for “awkward.” And with a riot raging through Manhattan and yet another headache coming on, it doesn’t seem like Nelson will get an answer anytime soon.
One thing’s for sure, the tension between the three of them is thick enough to cut with a knife…even one of those dull plastic dealies that come in the package with Mannariffic EZ-Mealz.
The Starving Years is a must-read for fans of dystopian romance looking for scorching M/M/M chemistry in a fast-paced, page-turning adventure.
I’m a big fan of Jordan Castillo Price and have read almost everything she’s written. I read Starving Years back when it was originally published in 2012. I remember enjoying it but also recall having to push through to finish it. After listening to the audio I remember why.
Starving Years is an original novel with an interesting premise and unique characters. The trouble is that there are just so many characters to keep track of and the plot was a little confusing at times and the focus is definitely not on the romance angle of things despite being labeled on Audible as an MMM dystopian romance.
Despite all that I wholeheartedly recommend people read or listen to this book. Price is a master at world building though here it’s a relatively minor tweak to the real world. In the story a superfood known as Manna has become what most people eat and the plot centers around a conspiracy regarding Manna and a secret the company wants to keep.
The MMM angle centers around Nelson, Tim and Javier who are involved in this conspiracy in differing ways. The sex between them is smoking hot but I’m left wanting more. More sex for sure, but more romance as well. At the end we’re told the threesome are together but we don’t actually get to see them together.
On top of the main threesome there are also many supporting characters, mostly Randy and Mary Ann, two people who join the guys on varying different tasks. The plot tended to meander as the main trio split up for various reasons but it all gets wrapped up in a tidy bow at the end.
Hot sex and exciting adventure made this book an absolute favorite.
Gomez Pugh did excellent with the narration here, just as he’s done with all the JCP books I’ve listened to. There were a few voices here that were slightly on the annoying scale but that was only because of the sheer number of characters he had to narrate and make different.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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