Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Get Your Sugar On: Sci-Fi Erotica
The Brede Chronicles Book 1 by P.I. Barrington was one of my top ten sci-fi picks for 2014. The story follows Alekzander Brede, a bad-ass alien, and Elektra Tate, the street orphan who loves him. After she appears to betray him without reason, Brede punishes her by taking away their son, and vengeance destroys what they once had.
I became a fan of Barrington's after reading Isadora DayStar...I didn't expect her to be able to top that...and then Barrington wrote The Brede Chronicles - a science fiction bodice ripper set in a dystopian future complete with aliens.
Her new series is packed with action and drama, and most of it is unpredictable, much like the characters. Barrington has created a complex world without relying too heavily on technological details. In other words, it's entertaining and descriptive without being overwhelming -something that both hardcore and casual science fiction fans can enjoy.
There is one particular "secretion" scene which is weirdly erotic...Barrington's characters are true xenophiles, and she has given new meaning to the word "sugar".
As far as Isadora DayStar...she is an unusual choice for a protagonist -- she's a former soldier, a drug addict, a thief, and an assassin, who often prostitutes herself to alien species to make ends meet because she's not very good at killing her marks. Her whole existence is based around her addiction to a drug that she encountered during her military service, and it is an utterly pathetic existence at that.
I loved the imagery of this futuristic universe, with rather unusual descriptions of Isadora's main world, Rho (a moon that never sees the light of a sun). Instead of focusing on the technology, Barrington highlights the changes in the social structure of the human race. (For example, religion is outlawed, and additional laws had to be enacted regarding sexual contact with other alien races.) It shows incredible imagination on the part of Barrington. Between the various species, interplanetary travel, and new moral codes of the existing human race, I was enthralled by the plight of Isadora as she finds herself in big trouble after a deadly bacteria infection causes her to abandon ship en route to another planet.
Isadora was an excellent story about struggling with inner demons and self-redemption, but instead of being set in a modern world, Barrington had the great idea to write the drama with a science fiction theme, which I think readers will appreciate immensely.
I would love to read a crossover novel with both DayStar and Brede together. Until then, I will continue waiting for the sequels...