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Interesting concept an enjoyable read!
on 10 May 2012
I enjoyed this story, the first I've read by Laurann Dohner. It's strengths are the premise that a private drug company as part of its research and development are splicing DNA from other animals into human embryos to improve humans characteristics with regards to strength and speedier healing to name just two aspects. These are a New Species, human hybrids with traits of the animals they've been amalgamated with and kept in sterile laboratory cells for testing and development purposes, ill treated through life and into adulthood. A horrifying scenario for these beings to endure and one that it's to be hoped isn't emulated in real life as it's a very plausible hypothesis Laurann uses for her plot line. She introduces characters that most readers will empathize with, both human and New Species as they are termed; plus antagonists that are easy to dislike for their characteristics of all that is bad in humans in real terms of hatred, deceit, spite and destruction. There is a romance between main characters Ellie, human and Fury, New Specie Order. It explores the possibilities and difficulties of inter specie relationships well. Will it be HEA or an impossibility? Read and find out. Parallel to the developing relationship of Fury and Ellie, Laurann also explores creditably the response of both open minded and pro New Species, as well as narrow minded, bigoted, anti New Species, humans. The likely events that may transpire if this were reality. The cynic in me and with scientific advances in DNA, cloning and ability to incorporate certain DNA from other species into human embryos already a reality...this story could be happening in this world today. Hopefully not like this.
Negatives, there are times when occurrences take place, as in an open press conference outside the compound where I felt the lack of security fore thought, as to what I could see transpiring and did was lacking in forethought, a contrivance of the storyline to match events rather than would have probably happened in reality. In fact the human security service is woefully lacking in sense and forethought and it annoyed me. Apart from that an occasional typo but not enough to distract too much from the story. The erotic scenes are deliciously titillating and sexy. BDSM elements of Dominance of Fury and NS is in the character of the being rather than D/s as I don't see Ellie as a submissive in the BDSM sense. A little bondage and initial dubious consent scene is included, but becomes consensual. Even with negatives mentioned the positives far out weigh them and it's a good long read for those who like a longer novel to get your teeth into...scuse the pun! I give it 4 stars and I want to read the rest of the series now.