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Opposites by [Smith, T.M.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1891 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: TTC Publishing; 2nd Edition edition (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D54PF6M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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A striking cerebral piece of science fiction set in a future that is part Utopia, part Dystopia. Innovative and ground breaking work from Author T.M. Smith. Contemporary Science fiction at it's best. Humanity rises from the ashes of near apocalypse and becomes more cerebral and peaceful. Almost perfect but not quite. A future alternate Earth where mankind is almost driven into extinction until a scientist named Dr Smith isolates the Dionysis gene, removing what he considered humanities flaws - violence, savagery prevalent in the gene that produced heterosexuality. Artificial insemination and gene manipulation made the gene almost extinct, but nature always finds a way. Every now and then a child is born with the gene and cast out of the new normal society. Children born between man and woman are deemed 'Outkasts' and those that are heterosexual are known as 'Opposites'.

The universe building is sublime. The History thought provoking and intelligent. The characters are fully dimensional and complex. Aiyan and his sister Aiya and put each into arranged marriages. Aiyan finds love at first sight with his match Kaden. There is instant passion and tenderness between the two men. Try as his sister might, Aiya cannot find an attraction between her and her beautiful fiancée Maeve. To Aiya's relief, Maeve has little romantic feeling for her either, as she lusts after the House's maid. Aiya has her own reasons for the lack of passion for her future other half. She becomes increasingly drawn to Sawyer - Kaden's adopted brother. Orphaned Sawyer was born of Outkasts and was taken into a great House when he saved the life of Kaden. The two brothers Sawyer and Kaden have a strong pure bond and Sawyer's coming out as a 'Opposites' does not change his brotherly feelings for him.
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Aiyan and his twin sister Aiya are both nervous to be meeting their matches, strangers picked out for them by their parents to be their spouses, but Aiyan has nothing to worry about from the second he sets eyes on Kaden. Aiya has a harder time when she meets Maeve, her intended, because her eyes keep straying to Sawyer, Kaden's adopted brother. Living in a world where being gay or lesbian is the norm and being straight leads to you being Outkast, Aiya is caught between doing what is expected and what she longs for.

This is quite an interesting story of a future society who goes back to basics and also makes homosexuality the norm. Aiyan, Kaden, Aiya and Maeve are the main couples in this story and while Aiyan and Kaden have a perfect match Aiya and Maeve have to work at theirs, it doesn't help that neither woman is attracted to the other or that Aiya's eye keeps straying to a man. But, that is the least of their worries when a jealous servant causes trouble and a group of Outkast's seek revenge on the ruling Houses.

There are many people who play a part in this story and who's relationships we follow, Aiyan, Aiya, Kaden, Maeve, Raven, Tanis, Sawyer and Autumn along with their parents. It does get confusing at times as to who is doing what and who is speaking because the perspective changes very quickly with no warning, but you get used to the writing style and manage to keep up. There are some beautiful details that explain the history and culture and we get a lot of background details as to how the world now works. The actual storyline is interesting and keeps you reading as you want to know how it is going to be resolved, but then bam something new happens and takes it in a new exciting direction.
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Opposites was a little different than any other romance I’ve read. The difference had nothing to do with the sexual preferences of the individuals or the dystopian nature of the book. The difference is in the fact that there isn’t one central couple. There are several. This makes for a bit of head hopping which I found a little confusing in the beginning as I was trying to get to know the main cast of characters. As the characters developed and the story moved forward it became much easier to follow and distinguish the different character’s voices. I grew to really like them.

That being said, this dystopian future is based on the failure of current society. It was decided that the only way for humans to survive was to change their DNA making them all gay. A small faction of society are outkast opposites. This would lead you to wonder how they procreate if all of society were to turn gay. At least, I had to wonder that. It makes for some interesting family dynamics. Each child born has two mated mothers and two mated fathers. Within this family dynamic the males and females are matched for the purpose of procreation. All children born are the children of the two couples. This very dynamic was part of what caused a bit of delay in my solidifying the characters in my mind. Opposites revolves around the meeting and marriages of two royal twins, Aiya and Aiyan. The two are matched each to another royal house’s family. This makes for a very large extended family involved in the two weddings. You have the parents of the twins, the parents of Maeve, Aiya’s betrothed and the parents of Kaden, Aiyan’s betrothed.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f9f6234) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f381c78) out of 5 stars Is it possible to choose between loyalty and love? 28 May 2014
By Carly (Carly's Book Reviews) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Fast paced and well written, Opposites is the first in a series set far into the future. It challenges currently accepted norms and builds a fictional world where everything has changed. The storyline is complex and expertly developed in a way that draws readers deeper into the plot with each turn of the page. With an impressive cast of supporting characters, Opposites offers readers the chance to experience multiple stories within the story. It engaged my imagination and kept me guessing from the very first page. This series made me a fan for life and has put T.M. Smith on my list of must-read authors!

A copy of Opposites was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f381ccc) out of 5 stars A complex future world! 15 Jun. 2014
By Nic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've had this book sitting on my Kindle for quite a while but for some reason, never got around to reading it. I think I was a little reluctant to start the book due to it being slightly outside my preferred reading choice. However, I'm glad I finally gave it a go because it really was quite interesting.

I was absolutely astounded at the level of detail in both the world and the characters as created by this author– and there were a LOT of characters. The early stages of the book were spent developing the world and introducing the reader to the cast.

This book is set in the future, in a world where global warming has resulted in the formation of seven 'houses' spread across the globe. It is also a world where homosexuality is the norm and to be attracted to the opposite sex makes you an Outkast, or one of the 'opposites'.

This story starts with the Aiyan and Aiya, twins of House Gaeland, waiting the arrival of their respective partners. Aiya has been matched with Maeve from House Orion and Aiyan with Kaden from House Devi. These are arranged marriages. Both the new arrivals are accompanied by their families and what follows is an interesting story as relationships develop.

But this is way it also got complicated– each child has two sets of parents (a pair of fathers and a pair of mothers) plus there are brothers, priests, guards, household staff. It definitely took me a while to get my head around who was who and I will admit to still getting some names confused at the end.

Aiyan and Kaden bond to each other immediately– lust and love from first sight. Aiya and Maeve form a deep friendship but it Sawyer, Kaden's brother who truly captures Aiya's heart. Maeve finds her own love interest but Aiya and Sawyer's male/female love match is not accepted by all and they must sneak around. Maeve's brother, Tanis, also finds himself drawn to the priest, and although priests being matched and married is not unheard of, his path to love isn't easy.

So the story follows the complex relationships developing– with lots of sex between couples– m/m, f/f and m/f– plus drama caused by rebels threatening House Gaeland. It ends with a 'to be continued' but not a traditional cliff-hanger as such.

I did find the story quite complex, and there was a little head-hopping which meant I had to focus to keep track of the details. But is you like stories about a fantasy future, with detailed world building and complex scenarios to get lost in, then this is definitely the book for you.

3.5 stars
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ddb5258) out of 5 stars Opposites 23 Jun. 2013
By cathy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book takes us into the future after global warming causes the apocalypse. Dr. Smith (I love the play on the author’s name) has an idea to manipulate society. He uses DNA to ensure all male are born gay all females born lesbians and breeding and coupling is done by matches. Aiya and Aiyan are prepared to meet their matches and prepare to take over their ruling houses. Sparks fly between Aiyan and Kaden and it is clear they are a perfect soulmate match. But will Aiya’s match be as simple? Can years of research and a perfect new world be unraveling?
There is a lot going on in this book. I love this take on that topic. No Zombies, just our world rebuilt.
We meet Aiya and Aiyan as well as their parents. The world is set up for us. We meet each of their matches from their ruling houses. I could easily see more books from this one as the stories of each set of parents were interesting, and the romance building between Taris and Raven extremely hot and intriguing. I can only hope!
I’ll admit at times it was a little confusing for me. The story has a very sci-fi feel to me with the names of the characters and houses. But when you get into it you can see its set on earth after the apocalypse. The story being called opposites, I figured it would be centered on the opposites and Aiya yet I felt Aiyan and Kaden were the main characters. Now having said that, it’s not a bad thing. These guys are smoking hot.
If you are looking for something different, like new adult dystopian, mm…ff…mf stories, a new world concept, and some extremely hot man-sex this is definitely for you

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f381f54) out of 5 stars Love is Love 13 April 2014
By Word to Dreams aka Wonderwmn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Honestly, about twentysomething pages in I was ready to chuck this book out the window. No, the story wasn't bad. No, the sex scenes weren't offensive. The fact is, that I needed a organizer because there were so many names tossed in to the pot at this time that I couldn't keep track of who was who at that moment. I stepped away for a few moments though and came back to it, and it was like the book read my mind because suddenly all the extra names went away and the actual story really started.

From the beginning the book blurb really attracted me to this book. Our future world were men married men, women married women and anything else was just seen as odd and these Opposites would be banished from influential roles and made to live as Outkasts. Hmmm..what would that be like? Yes, our current world is coming around to the LGBT community, but we are nowhere near where we should be. Thankfully our world is ever evolving. I remember being a young child and the whispers heard about a friends mom because she was, gasp, divorced. It wasn't that long ago when African Americans couldn't even drink out of the same water fountains as whites. It also wasn't that long ago when living together before marriage was considered a huge sin and if that couple was interracial, it was just blasphemous. There are still people in our world that are prejudice, but there are even more people in this world that are open minded and excepting. This book and the author gives the reader an eye opener, not just to the physical side of a relationship, with the portrayal of the power of love to a level that just takes the readers breath away.

The story itself is a statement of how love is love. It is not a life style choice, but the way you are from birth. There are instant attractions and how confusing it is for a person who was raised a certain way to experience an attraction that is contradictory to their upbringing. In this case, how being attracted to the opposite sex is abnormal. How families deal with the contradiction and how they realize that it isn't who a person loves that defines them but how they are the same person through and through and that love is love.

There is also a supernatural element to the story that is very intriguing. Aiyan has a deep connection with those he is closest too and can feel when they are hurt or in harms way. Aiya has some element of the same and later in the story things are starting to get pieced together. It brought out the questions that I had in the back of my mind while reading and gave a perspective to them.

This isn't just the story of Aiyan and Aiya, but also about their father and mothers and their partners family and how even the most promiscuous person can find their soulmate in the most peculiar of situations. This is not a book for those that are offended by graphic sexual situations. I also do not recommend this book to those under the age of 18. Personally, I didn't realize just how graphic this book was until I actually started reading it. This book is not one I would normally read, but I have a pretty open mind about sex and sexuality so I was not offended by what was told, in graphic details.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fa871b0) out of 5 stars An interesting read! 5 Sept. 2013
By Crystal's Many Reviewers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A world where everyone is gay or lesbian? This is a book that I haven't read anything like it before and I am glad that I was given the chance to review it. Just a heads up for everyone this book contains M/M, M/F, and F/F sexual relations in it. If you are uncomfortable reading those situations, then this would not be the book for you.

Back to the story though, I did completely enjoy the whole aspect as to why everyone was the way that they are. I enjoyed how the science of everything was explained in a way that it was easy to follow for us non-science people. The details that were used in this story were done in the right balance. T.M. was able to describe the world and the characters to the degree that you could understand what was happening.

The different characters that are in the book, and trust me there is a bunch of them, were all written to where they each had their own personalities. They all seemed to complement each other and were able to work together throughout the book. Which ended up helping them in the long run.

My only complaint about this book, and it's a sort of big one for me, there were so many characters! With each child, there are 4 parents' total 2 mothers and 2 fathers. When the weddings, and afterwards, takes place there is 12 parents around total. It was VERY confusing. I wish that the author would have included a chart that explained who each person was and their relationships. That way it would have been easier to sort it out instead of flipping back and forth to several parts of the book.

All in all though, I did enjoy this book and I will keep an eye out for the next book in the series. Just a heads up to everyone who reads this book, there is a cliffhanger!

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