Loki is back and she’s got a scifi book for us today. It was in her scifi stuff that I first fell in love with Loki. Don’t get me wrong, I like everything she writes, but the scifi stuff is always going to be near and dear to my heart, so Instinct is seriously right in my wheelhouse.
Here’s how the story works. We’re in a far flung future where the spice must flow. Whoops, wait, sorry, no spice, wrong series. We’re still in a far distant future. I mean, tens of thousands of years ahead of us. So far ahead of us that those people would probably look back at us the way that we look back at the Neanderthals. The people in the future have pretty gotten rid of death, so the majority of people in the current civilization live in stasis. When you don’t die, you can’t just live all those people wandering around. Sex is pretty much illegal, and reproduction definitely is. Again, when you don’t die, you don’t want to keep loading up more people.
Into this world was born Tselia. She is an explorer. She spends her life going from planet to planet, watching what’s happening on. The last time she landed on a planet, she started a little bit of a war. A little bit of a war that killed off the majority of a planet’s people. Now she’s been sent to Hades Exile, which is in the ass-end of universe, and she’s supposed to orbit around there, observing for the next 3 years. Only, that’s not quite what happened. She ended up stranded on the planet. Because of course she did.
Zion is a guardian of his village and his people. He is highly sought after by the women of his village because he is strong, virile, and pretty much all around awesome AF. But, when he sees Tselia, he knows that she’s his mate, no matter what any of the women of his village might say. And some of them really do have a whole helluva lot to say about it. Nosy bitches.
There is a lot that happens in this book. I mean, for one thing, you have a huge culture gap. Zion and Tselia’s cultures are basically 10K years apart. Think about how much the world has changed since you were a kid to now, and then multiply that by about a billion. Then you have all kinds of different traditions and such. There are some serious issues going on about that.
I like Tselia. I think that she’s terribly, terribly young though and very naive. She’s got some superiority issues, but I don’t think those are completely her fault so much as that’s just what she’s been taught as part of her culture. I do think she is a little bratty sometimes, and brings on a lot of her trouble.
Zion. Hmm, well, Zion. I’m not sure how I feel about him. I understand where he’s coming from sometimes, I get his POV. I just think that it might have helped if he had listened to Tselia a little. I mean, not about everything, but there were things that she was worried about and he just kind of dismissed them.
I have to say, I love what Tselia does to Tyna. It’s pretty epic. I laughed out loud a little about it.
OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check it out. Happy reading!