Saturday, September 1, 2012

AFTER THE CRUX by Dani Worth

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Date published: 07-03-2012

ISBN: 978-1-61921-164-3

Ménage & More, Post-Apocalyptic


Reviewed by Helen

Obtained via publisher

When the Crux Virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the survivors took to partying and consuming the supplies, until they realized the food was non-renewable. Then they started stealing it from those who’d hoarded it. Fourteen-year-old Ross met nine-year-olds, Dorian and Jenna, and they became a family. Many years have passed and they’re all adults now, their family has grown and they’ve made their home in the Jemez Mountains, with a few other survivors. Ross is in love with both Dorian and Jenna, but fights his feelings. However a trip away from home to find supplies makes him rethink his priorities.

This is an excellent futuristic end-of-the world premise, and the theme is well planned and intelligently executed. The world building and description is good, with very believable premises and outcomes. There’s enough description to make it real, but not enough to stifle the reader’s own imagination. It’s a good balance. The adults in the family are all well drawn and interesting people, with their own lives, interests, thoughts and passions. There’s plenty of room for sequels in there.

Although there’s no hardcore ménage sex (no double penetration for example), there’s plenty of sexual tension, and hot sex scenes, and there’s also action and adventure with their situation out in the world. Both sides of the coin show the reader more about the characters.

Despite a few niggling grammatical errors, I’m really looking forward to the next book in this series. It’s a great blend of characters, action and world building.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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