Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Under Glass
Author: Rebecca Cohen
Heroes: Kai & Ollie
Genre: M/M Scifi/Fantasy
Length: 306 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 10, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Creating planets and guarding the stars leaves novice planet builder Kai Faewiva lonely. For members of Kai’s species who are born with an organ called a caerellon, their true love, their Sun or Moon, is identified at birth. But the novices are people who have lost their perfect love, and Kai’s Sun is long dead, killed in an accident when he was five years old. Or so everyone thought.
After recovering from another bout of the unidentified illness he has battled for years, Kai returns to work. But his quiet day at the planetarium is thrown into chaos when scans of Goka Prime, one of the planets in the Sol-Alpha2 system, picks up a life-form that shouldn’t be there. Kai’s Sun, Oliver Gyin, is alive and well, but how he got to be on Goka Prime, no one knows. Now he needs to be brought home.
Ollie has lived most of his life in the City of Harrea, never guessing he is from another planet. Surprised to find a stranger means the world to him, Ollie wrestles with his loyalties and the drive to return with Kai. To leave Goka Prime, he must give up everything and everyone he knows. But twenty years apart means Kai and Ollie face a fight to secure their destined future.
Kai has lived his whole life knowing that his Sun was dead and he could never feel the connection to another person that was destined for him. But when his Sun, Ollie, is found alive on Goka Prime, Kai’s whole life is turned upside. Now, he’s part of a mission to bring Ollie home. Unfortunately, Ollie has no idea he’s part of a greater race and he already has a life on Goka Prime. Will Kai be able to convince Ollie to come home? And if he does, how will Ollie and Kai adapt to their new life together?
I’m a HUGE fantasy and scifi fan so when I saw this one, I was super excited for it. I really loved the world that was created and the whole idea behind it. I loved the spin on the Sun and the Moon and how a caerellon connected Ollie & Kai together. As characters, I liked that Kai was so innocent and so excited but scared of how things with Ollie would be. I HATED that he was so dedicated to Ollie without thinking about himself. As for Ollie, I found him to be an interesting character especially with how he needed to adapt to a new society and world.
I liked this one but I had several issues. For one, the whole Rica issue was… ridiculous. I admired Ollie’s desire not to stray while Rica was away but I don’t understand why he’d promise someone to be faithful when he barely knew the man and only had a sexual relationship with him. To me, that is a friends with benefits relationship, there was no deeper feelings to their relationship so I found the conflict their relationship caused too ‘convenient’ and every time Rica was brought up, I was reminded that Ollie didn’t even know the man.
Aside from that, I didn’t really like Ollie as a character. I felt like he needed to do a lot more groveling and was very selfish until about the last chapter. At the same time, I found things repetitive and didn’t like that Kai never evolved as a character. I expected him to develop some type of self-esteem or at least become more self-confident but he never did so I felt like by the end of the book, he was still focused on Ollie and not himself.
In the end, I still enjoyed this one. I wasn’t that invested in the characters but I really loved the world that was built. I loved that there was a race of people who developed planets and who were ultimately superior to everyone else. I also liked that this story didn’t just end after Ollie and Kai got together but went beyond that and explored the issues still present. I did enjoy the author’s writing style so I’ll definitely be checking out more of her work.
Overall Impression: It was good!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*