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Monday, December 7, 2015

5/5 Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh


 
 
In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of "rehabilitation"--the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was...

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion--and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities--or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation...
 

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Imagine being part of a race that has developed beyond feelings. It has been totally erased. And if you somehow retain such things you are consider flawed. Where you are connected with others by a mental link resembling the Internet as we know it now but in your mind. And is so intertwine that to try to "disconnect" could mean your death or rehabilitation.With rehabilitation is nothing short of a lobotomy.

Changelings and Humans have coexisted with the Psy, but it's an fragile existence. Which is about to become even more uncomfortable. If what they suspect is true, that the killer preying on changeling women is a Psy, that the Psy Counsel is covering up these murders, but quit possibly is also a Counsel member. This is the world that Sascha Duncan was born into she is "Psy". And Sascha is flawed she feels and everyday she must fight this "breakdown" or she may face being "rehabilitated". Lucas Hunter is a changeling and the Alpha leader of Leopard Pack DarkRiver. He is determined to expose this killer, and cover up. When he see a chance at getting more information as he and Sascha are brought together to work on a housing project.

 A wonderful, multi-layered and intricate plot with a very engaging voice make this an A+ read. The writing is crisp and the plot keeps you reading. I really liked that we learn more about this world. Above all, this story again showcased Nalini's talent in writing believable characters, who happen to be in a fantasy world. We have Lucas - a complex, inhuman being who has no doubts about his place in the world, and what he needs to do to stay there.Sascha, his soul mate, is a great match for him - she has the strength and confidence to stand up to him, while her loving nature brings out the humanity in him. Nalini succeeds in creating a relationship which is real, takes effort to build and is by no means perfect but is loving and lasting.

 This is such a fabulous world that Nalini has created and it's exciting to see how she explores the moral aspects of it all. What are we if we don't have the consciousness that comes from emotion? How much of who we are comes from our socialization and our conditioning vs. who we are just naturally inside of us? Nature vs Nurture? How does our family and the ties to that family, both externally and internally, reflect who we are and become? I am loving all these ideas that Nalini is exploring through these books. Just an absolutely fabulous series!!  Can't wait to get the next installment.