Reviewed by Rex Sumner
This is a fun book. Hard to characterise its genre – soft scifi/fantasy combined with erotica sums it up if a bit of a mouthful. It is important to suspend disbelief in order to enjoy the book as there are many failings and the author has little knowledge of science or the military. If you can do that, then the book is a fun escapade.
The book starts with our heroine, Jas, struggling to cope as a teacher in Manchester, UK – this is portrayed very well. It possibly goes on a bit longer than you would expect from the rest of the book. Next moment there is an alien attack while on a school outing and Jas escapes along with one of her charges – the nice one.
Meanwhile, a group of American special forces, seconded to England to help British troops for some unfathomable reason, manage to survive an attack, losing perhaps half of their man power, all the grunts, no officers. On returning to base, they find all the top brass have disappeared. A central theme of the book is that the government give up on humanity and wait out the crisis hidden away in armoured bunkers.
Years pass during which we are given glimpses of survival based on supermarkets – if you set up a farm, the aliens come and kill you. All the survivors are men – women are rounded up and taken away by the aliens. The aliens do not have superior weaponry, being armed with swords and daggers, but earth weapons don’t work near them. So in no time at all the British countryside is empty of humanity bar a few survivors, all male, who descend into madness apart from Jas. And the American soldiers who add recruits when they find sane people.
Although a little disparate, this is basic post-apocalypse stuff, though fairly one-dimensional. The first signs of skipping appear when people go searching for animals like chickens and cows – and find them! Two years on….
The second part of the book really begins to get more exciting if unbelievable as Jas is finally captured by the aliens who, predictably, are after wives. And although there aren’t that many of them, they have run out of wives on Earth – can’t find any more, doubtless having gone through the 3 billion women on earth although what happens to other countries is not mentioned. Of course the aliens are huge, seven foot tall with appendages to match so Jas is able to follow up her earthly affair with having a very good time with aliens. The aliens are model men, completely unable to have an affair and totally faithful, the complete opposite of the earth men who have become very unpleasant.
Magic is revealed as the reason the aliens have conquered the universe, and how they create wormholes to get to each new place. Only some of them are capable of using magic and they are taken aback to discover the earth women can as well.
Sam Stone writes fluently, once she gets going, and the reading is enjoyable. She doesn’t pay attention to her plot timelines, though, with people appearing and doing things at odds with the main thrust of the book, but, hey, it makes the book more readable and makes it work. Her characters are not deep but they converse well.
If you are looking for a light read with plenty of sex, then you will enjoy this.