Changing Worlds

Cari Z
Changing Worlds
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Storm Moon Press
Release Date
May 2012
LGBTQ, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

Includes the short story prequel "Opening Worlds" at no additional cost!

In this sequel to Cari Z's "Opening Worlds", former starship captain Jason Kim travels to Perelan, the homeworld of his lover, Ferran, to start a life together. The ruling council of the Perels have allowed this unconventional union to continue in the hopes of strengthening relations between themselves and the humans. And while Ferran's family welcome Jason with open arms, not all of the other major families are as pleased.

The arrival of an outsider to their insular, subterranean world challenges the traditions of centuries. Tensions soar as old rivalries are rekindled in the wake of Jason and Ferran's relationship. Inevitably, something snaps.

Jason and Ferran soon find themselves literally fighting for their lives when xenophobic anger pushes things beyond the breaking point. Only their devotion to one another can see them through, but a ghost from Jason's past threatens even that. With Perelan on the brink of civil war, Jason and Ferran must find a way to stand together in the face of chaos and to change the world on their own terms before it tears itself apart.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Jul 12, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
184 people found the following review helpful
Cari Z. is back with her magnificent alien world and a loving relationship that surpasses cultural differences. Yes, we get to read about Perelan and all its unique traits.

Jason has been allowed to join his husband Ferran on his home world where the matriarchs allowed their union to happen under the promise of strengthening the relations of their race with the humans. Jason is put through exhausting and pretty much fate deciding education and while his love for Ferran is unconditional and as strong as it was at the beginning, it's not easy to barely be able to see his new husband.

Ferran is going through his own educational experience and as the couple sees less and less of each other and the conditions on the planet turn for the worse, the strain they are put through begins to show.

This book is rich with world descriptions. It's probably one of the most detailed m/m romances I've read. But as it is too often the case, the great world building resulted in a much weaker romance than was the case in the first short story. The burning passion and intense affection I read about in Opening Worlds was missing here and through the political conflicts and much needed understanding of the culture, I barely got to see even the traces of what Jason and Ferran shared.

There was hardly any conflict for the bigger part of the story, so the intense ending is the only thing the reader can look forward to in that regard. I did truly liked the final twists and trials, only I thought they should have started much sooner.

If you decide to give Cari Z. and her men a chance, you probably won't be disappointed, but be prepared for extensive descriptions and as well as xenophobia, while the romance most likely won't provide a good counteract to the inflow or other information.
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