out on the town celebrating her birthday with the girls,
when a trio of gorgeous males wanders into the club causing
a stir. The evening is concluded by a series of bizarre
events, leaving Simone to sum it up as having one too many
drinks. Reality comes charging in when she suddenly she
finds herself kidnapped and taken to another planet to breed
offspring for the three aliens she met at the club!
Penetration carries a hefty storyline highlighting
the cultural and social issues of a world and nation on the
edge of collapse and extinction. The fact that this
self-annihilation/destruction is the result of an old system
refusing to change touches a little too close to home.
Simone is effectively placed in position for us to take a
closer look at the issues of class, politics, science, war,
and gender. Camryn, Kael and Ean are soldiers through and
through whose brutal life has rendered them vulnerable for
the need of the many things they all find with Simone.
Somehow these unlikely humanoids make it all happen in a way
that only Kaitlyn O’Connor can make loving the alien a
standard for futuristic erotic romance.
The comparison between human and drak history is juxtaposed,
and the ugliness of both was enough to make me wince. It
also made me grateful to live in a time and place where my
rights are not automatically revoked due to an accident of
birth. Still, there are triumphant moments for the
underdogs I didn’t see coming; all the while the author is
dismantling the establishment with her usual sly insight.
With such a fully loaded plot in place, I felt a need to get
to know the characters better. It was as if there was a
time constraint and poof!-we ran out. The narrative was
literally straining at the seams, crying out to say more, do
more, with these interesting dynamic people. I suppose
despite these small complaints, Ms. O’Connor succeeded in
inciting my hunger for—you guessed it!—more of this story.
So I would say that the end result was a success all around.