Reviewed by JustJen
Authors: Kelly Wyre and A.F. Henley
Series: Exile #1
Genre: MM Paranormal/Sci-Fi
Length: 259 Pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: In the wake of several near-cataclysmic events, humanity created the Cure, a DNA-altering antidote to death by disease and old age. But all cures come with side effects: a small percentage of the population develops a wide range of powers, some of which are lethal to others, and some which are lethal to the wielder.
These people are called the Estranged, hunted and shunned, safe only on the Island of Exile. It is here that Kaeva and Eddie meet—and where they set a prophecy in motion, quite possibly sealing their own demise, and even the end of Exile.
Review: This was a very interesting start to a new dystopian sci-fi/paranormalish tale. The story centers around Exile, a sort of island of misfit paranormals. It is a secret island where the Estranged seek refuge if they are lucky enough to find it and be accepted. Much of the beginning of this story explains about the Cure, the Estranged and about Exile, where we meet Kaeva.
Kaeva is an Estranged who, due to his “power” is forced to live a mostly solitary life. He has the ability to short out anything with an electrical pulse, including humans, through either touch or, if he is angry, through close proximity. When one of his friends, also one of the 3 “rulers” of Exile, has a vision, it is decided Kaeva must be the one to mentor/chaperone the newest arrival to the island, Eddie.
Eddie has a different power – he can hear the evil thoughts of people, something which is slowly driving him out of his mind. He has remained hidden in society and put down by his mother ever since his power became known. He has decided that he is ready to die to end it all and so has a bit of a recklessness about him. A chance encounter sends him in the direction of Exile and while he feels more comfortable there being among others like himself, he still doesn’t really see any other option for himself. Thus, when he and Kaeva are thrown together during Eddie’s initiation period, he has little to now fear of Kaeva.
I have simplified things quite a bit, but that is the gist of it. This is not a hot and heavy sexfest, as you can imagine from the issues at play here. But, Eddie is a wonderful character, funny and witty, who pushes through Kaeva’s shields little by little until you just can’t wait for something to happen that will make it possible for them to be together. I won’t spoil the rest of the story, but suffice to say, they do get their chance, and it is worth the wait.
All in all, I really enjoyed this series opener. There is a lot of set up in the beginning, but once the characters really come into play, it was hard to put down. It is always fun to read a story that is different from the norm, and this one definitely fits that bill. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next and to see more of the many interesting characters we have already met.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*