Author: Allen Mack
Genre: Science Fiction, Futuristic
Length: Short (48pgs)
Publisher: JMS Books (5th May 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ Hearts
Blurb: On a future Earth, sex suppressants and tranquilizers are fed to youth at the onset of puberty, keeping them in perpetual servitude by the Revered Senior Classes. They’re housed in sublevel cubicles beneath the city, with little ventilation, extreme heat, and complete lack of outdoor light. Homosexuality and bisexuality are encouraged to prevent a surplus of lower class citizens who might pose threats to Senior rule.
All menial Workers are trained to submit to sexual advances from any Senior with humility and enthusiasm. Medical advances have extended the Seniors’ lives, making their rule virtually unending. Subordinate in every way, through training from early childhood, the lower Class has no recourse.
Then Dorian rebels. While in jail, he recruits others with the same attitudes, who strive to leave Earth. But can they overcome the obstacles in their way to freedom?
Review: Mother is about to be voluntarily entombed, now that she has reached the age of parting. She reads from the Book of Dorian of how our world came about and the courage and bravery of one man who refused to be satisfied with his class status.
This is an interesting futuristic story. Telling the story of how a new world and their customs came about. Dorian is increasingly unhappy with the way the world works. All young are born into servitude, every single one of them trained to serve the Eldest in any way until, if they are lucky, they reach the age of Elders themselves. But, Elders very rarely die. Organs are harvested to keep them going and the Seniors and Elders believe it is their right. Dorian rebels briefly and is sent to prison to learn the errors of his ways. In prison, he meets likeminded people and a kernel of an idea takes root.
I quite enjoyed this story. It starts out on Doriana and the ritual of Parting. We then flashback to Dorian’s time and it tells the story of how Dorian began his rebellion. The descriptions and the world we find ourselves in are vastly different from the world we know now, and the phrase ‘respect your elders’ hits very close to the bone. Dorian teams up with Bryn and Lassa and finds joy briefly in Bryn’s arms, sneaking about and risking prison if caught. I was fascinated with what Earth had become and how the Elders enforced their rule, it was also interesting to see how the enforced rules on Earth affected how Doriana’s rules and customs were set up. This isn’t the usual expected m/m. sexuality is fluid and we don’t get the happily ever after that you first expect. what we get is an homage to the person who set a class free and his memory lives in the people on that world, never to be forgotten and the sacrifices remembered.
I will recommend this to those who love futuristic, science fiction, rebellion against unfair rule, some hot sex, a new beginning, a touch of sadness and an interesting storyline.