Title: Line and Orbit
Author: Sunny Moraine & Lisa Soem
Genre: m/m fantasy & futuristic
Print length: 325 pages
Publication date: February 5, 2013
Rating: Five Stars
Blurb: What he’s been taught to fear could be his destiny…and his only hope.
Adam Yuga, a rising young star in the imperialist Terran Protectorate, is on the verge of a massive promotion…until a routine physical exam reveals something less than perfection. Genetic flaws are taboo, and Adam soon discovers there’s a thin line between rising star and starving outcast.
Stripped of wealth and position, stricken with a mysterious, worsening illness, Adam resorts to stealing credits to survive. Moments from capture by the Protectorate, help arrives in the form of Lochlan, a brash, cocksure Bideshi fighter.
Now the Bideshi, a people long shunned by the Protectorate, are the only ones who will offer him shelter. As Adam learns the truth about the mysterious, nomadic people he was taught to fear, Lochlan offers him not just shelter—but a temptation Adam can only resist for so long.
Struggling to adapt to his new life, Adam discovers his illness hides a terrible secret, one that the Protectorate will stop at nothing to conceal. Time is growing short, and he must find the strength to close a centuries-old rift, accept a new identity—and hold on to a love that could cost him everything.
Warning: This title contains brief scenes of explicit violence and mild but potentially triggering homophobia.
Wow. I mean, holy crap.
I held off doing this review ’cause I wasn’t sure what to say or how to say it. I’m still not sure so just bear with me.
This has everything! Everything you might want or need from a sci-fi/romance/fantasy. There’s action, there’s mystery, there’s intergalactic warfare, genetic modification, there’s humanity and grief and love and just holy crap of everything good.
I don’t even know where to start. Bideshi! How to even describe them? At first I though they were the descendants of Romani, but as I kept reading more about their ways and traditions, they struck me more as a mix of gypsies and Israelites with just a touch of Native American. The combination to just blow your freaking mind. Their ship (one of the three we are introduced to) defies any descriptions. Sure, I could give it a try, but it won’t be the same. You gotta read the book to get the feeling of it, the connection, the beauty.
I love the plot. Just love it. To the point where I found myself offended when someone mentioned that this book ‘tried to take on the issue of genetic modification and failed.’ Really? Humanity, man. Humanity is what it’s all about. We’re not talking about some technical sci-fi genetic handbook here. This reaches for the root (excuse the pun) of what makes us human. The wonderful fragility and imperfection of our place in the world. There’s such a wealth of failure and triumph in this, such a ravishing collection of joy and pain and mystery, a joining of everything conceivable to make you just FEEL.
And the romance! I never, ever fall in love so fully with both characters. Usually, one of them will feel incomplete. Adam and Lochlan are so different, so real, both flawed in different ways and equally frustrating. But together, they’re bloody magic. You gotta love the detail put into their connection, into the time during which they circle each other. It’s so well done, it’s like a mating dance set before the beginning of time.
I have no complaints. None. Not even a smidgen. Just being able to say that is so rare for me that I can count the times on the fingers of one hand. I rarely ever recommend a book too, but Line and Orbit, you gotta read this. Your world will be richer for it.