Publishing Date: August 2016
Publishers Description: Twenty winters have passed since the Cataclysm brought down society and robbed people of their memories. Humanity, vastly reduced in numbers since the initial chaos, has started anew in Canal City with the aid of library books and steam technology. The Scout and Ranger Corps was established to search for possible survivors and to replenish dwindling resources.
Review: On the author’s website she comes right out and says that two men having sex turns her on, so there is some method to the madness. As I started this novel I got the impression that she writes for herself and not the reader. Personally, I think publishers should brand the novel, like others in this genre, LGBT so as not to misrepresent the internals. I really don’t want to read about guy on guy sex as my preferences go in a different direction.
Aside from the constant male on male infatuation, there were some unsupportable instances that relegated the story line to meh as it contorted its way through make-believe-land. These skyships are dirigibles that fly around looking for resources on a post-cataclysmic world i.e. they don’t have two rocks to bang together. These dirigibles are helium filled which begs the question as to how they come by an element that requires a cryogenic distillation process and subsequent purification.
The writing was ok but suffered from dialogue woes to expedite the scenes (“Said dryly”, spine tingling/shivering x12, etc.). The backstory was rendered through inter-personal dialogue which never comes off believable in part due to why would two people who know of their own existence and place in the world talk about how they got where they are? They already know.
The horror aspect was not real horrifying and could be seen from a dirigible a mile away. Nothing new to see here.