Saturday, December 6, 2014

ARC Review: Under a New Star by Leo d'Entremont

Under a New StarFrom the blurb:
In the 26th Century, mankind has breached the light speed barrier and begun to colonize other planets. They've also learned to Design human beings, known as Morphs, for specialized colony missions. Adrian is an Aerial Morph, on his way to colonize the low-gravity planet Eridani VI with his scientist Partner, Michael. In violation of the rules of the Morph Projects, they've been lovers for months. Michael cares more about his work than anything, while Adrian doesn’t take anything seriously except Michael. Before they arrive at their new home, they need to curtail their relationship before it destroys their professional Partnership.
The colony ship is scheduled to arrive at their destination on Christmas Eve. Some old holiday traditions persist, but when Adrian and Michael have differing ideas about what's best for their relationship and their careers, holiday gifts and ideas for new beginnings lead to crossed signals.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".

Todd’s rating:

Cute, fine, okay. That's pretty much how I'd describe this one.

The fact that Adrian had wings, felt a little wasted on the story. The only thing that he ever did with them through the entire story was to hop up on things to help take down cabling.

And to put up a disco ball. And to stuff in Michael's mouth to shut him up the one time they had sex. Even on the new planet, no one ever actually *flew*, so kind of wasted from my point of view.

Also, the Christmas theme didn't add, didn't detract. It was just there. Pretty much like the wings. Personally, I would have thrown in some genetically-altered mistletoe that shit out sparkly rainbow glitter, but that's just the twisted smartass in me. ;- )

For the relationship story line, it was nice, but nothing to differentiate it from your usual 'nerd and jock must hide their relationship' plot.

So yeah, it was fine, but with *wings*, I'd kind of hoped for more. But wouldn't that mistletoe have been sooooo cool? Just sayin'... :- )

This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review based on my unbiased opinion.


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