Friday, December 3, 2010

Review: Womankind by Stacey Espino

Womankind by Stacey Espino

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Futuristic Romance

Heat Rating: 3



In Nova’s world, women rule. Since a child, society preached to her about the evils of men, but how could all men be bad? She’s never seen a man in the flesh…until assigned to prison duty.

Damon isn’t like the other prisoners. He makes her question everything, and does wicked things to her body. She’s his warden and forced to dominate over him in public. Behind closed doors, she gives Damon the freedom to master her body, heart, and soul.

But how can they have a future together when their love is forbidden?

Clare C's Review

The idea of an oppressed segment of society overthrowing the people in power is a time-honored theme in science fiction, as it the inevitability that those people won’t be any better than the previous group.

Womankind is about such a society where women have culled the male population to take ultimate power. The men left on earth are corralled in prison camps.

I liked the variety of themes and moral lessons presented here. Heterosexual relationships are oppressed and homosexual relationships are the norm, whether that lifestyle fits the person or not. This juxtaposition creates a clear social comment in so many ways. Nova and Damon are perfectly positioned to be the people who create that change.

The erotic scenes between these two virgins were by turns sweet and hot. Both of them experience their first forays with the opposite sex in a society that segregates the genders. Their association is forbidden. Some women view the idea of a love affair between a man and a woman as completely wrong, while other women think men are to be used and abused. In the midst of it all, Nova and Damon emerge as the model of sanity.
The only wish I have about the novel is that it slowed down. Sometimes I felt the characters and plot were summarized instead of articulated. Other than that, this short novel is a must read for science fiction fans.

4 Tea Cups!

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