I was up until 3 this morning, reading the last chapter of this story.
I feel so enthusiastic about the story that I am having difficulty calming down enough to be coherent (I was up until 3AM :) )
The sheer cleverness of the plotting, the dialogue and the interactions is truly inspiring. There surely was a massive amount of planning that went in to the storyline and I loved the way I was guided through the various episodes as each new event was revealed.
There are some excellent twists, and a superb level of tension. I became more and more worried for each of the characters and the fate that awaited them.
On the SOL forum there was a recent thread where discussion was engaged, about how sex scenes in a long story can often get repetitive and boring. There are only some many ways, one could say, that tab A can go into tabs B, C or D. The phases used can be over used, or the scenarios can often merge one into the other. Often the sex is simply bolted on to a story, without being a true part of the tale.
This story has managed to avoid that pitfall completely, there's actually a central theme of sex through this one. The reasons for the sex scenes are all valid and each of them explores a different aspect of the characters' motivations.
I have a really serious squick with respect to slavery and the opening chapters of the story rather disturbed me, enough that I had to stop and decide whether to keep reading. Luckily for me, events in the story managed to carry me past them and I was then completely captivated.
Do you like a good sci-fi yarn? Expresso42 has created a world of corrupt politicians, power hungry corporations, a public that really doesn’t much understand what’s going on and very human-like robots. The characters are well developed and believable and the plot is strong. You will quickly come to care for the protagonists. Can a robot be a sentient being? Can humans trust and believe and perhaps even love a machine? (of course you may have to ask if we can trust and believe other humans)
This is a well written, novel length book. It has romance, it has treachery, it has evil and good. In some ways you can compare it to parts of Asimov’s robot series, especially as the robots come to realize there is more than the three laws. It also has sex including some pretty hot scenes but they don’t hide the plot. The end, while closing up the plot, leaves room for a sequel or a couple of spin-off stories. Download and read it now, before the author pulls it off to be published.