Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Ge-Mi (Part One)
AUTHOR: Mell Eight
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 97 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 8, 2017
A hundred years ago evil scientists spliced human genes with those of animals, creating a genetic mutation passed on through the generations. Hated because of their differences, these Ge-Mis live on the fringes of society where they scrounge and scrape to get by.
Nevada is half Ge-Mi, and hides that fact behind baggy clothes and by keeping distance between himself and everyone around him. One day his peaceful life is shattered by an explosion and the arrival of a pack of wolves to sniff out the culprit. Wolves have excellent noses and as Alpha, Taylor can sniff out every one of Nevada’s secrets—and the harder Nevada tries to resist, the more difficult staying away from Taylor becomes.
I loved this. Flat out, I loved this! I was hooked right away and couldn’t tear myself away until I had read the entire story and, right now, I’m already planning on re-reading this within the month because its been a week since I finished it and I can’t get it off of my mind. While I was intrigued by the blurb, the story had more depth to it than I was expecting (revolving around a conspiracy and assassination attempt) and everything about it, from the world building to the characters to the overall plot, was just really well executed and entertaining to boot.
Nevada has spent his entire life hiding what he is, fearful of prejudicial behavior, not being able to support himself and the threat of violence; needless to say, he’s used to making himself fade into the shadows. Taylor’s unexpected, and unwelcome, introduction to his quiet, solitary existence, doesn’t just shake up Nevada’s status quo, he shakes Nevada up as well. In the beginning, Taylor and Nevada get along like…well, cats and dogs, but their initial perceptions and preconceived notions change over the story of the book. I adored these two together and can’t wait to see what comes next for them.
Like I said earlier, the story itself had more depth and was more complex than I had originally expected and while things left off settled, at least for now, there is obviously much more to come and with this listed as ‘part one’ I will be eagerly anticipating the next installment. If you enjoy sci-fi, paranormal or books with ‘shifter like’ characters, I’d give this one a look; its much more than its blurb suggests and it was a great find!