Author: Wayne Mansfield
Reviewed by: SheReadsAlot
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: M/M Sci Fi
ISBN 13: N/A
Summary: In the future deep space travel is a regular occurrence. After completing a mission to take supplies to Earth 2, or Genesis as the colonists call it, something goes horribly wrong with the space shuttle returning Adam Evans and his crew mates to Earth. The shuttle crashes and Adam and Jason survive, but the Earth they return to has changed greatly.
When tragedy strikes, leaving Adam on his own, he finds the paradise surrounding him has an increasingly darker side. He assumes he can outsmart it, beat it. The product of a lost past, where men and speech are free, he rebels against the rules restricting him. But is he just setting himself up for failure, for pain and misery? Can he ever hope to outwit the powers that be?
Then he meets River Boy, the only person in a village full of dirty, animalistic villagers with whom he connects. There is something intelligent about River Boy. Something civilized about him. Yet is Adam’s growing closeness to River Boy going to save him from himself? Or will his stubbornness, his rebelliousness, cost him more than he is able to pay?
“Animals” by Wayne Mansfield is an interesting read especially for the sci-fi/futuristic reads that are not heavy on space dramas. Adam wakes up in his space shuttle, disoriented from stasis and apparently unsure of where his ship crashed. Most of his team being dead, he saves himself and finds himself back on Earth…maybe.
What I expected a space man, freaky smut story is not what I got.
There’s more to this story with some possible political/environmental undertones told in a pretty cool way.
Adam and another crew member find themselves being treated on the other end of the animal kingdom spectrum. The ending question of the story, who are really the animals?
Adam does find a partner in the planet’s primitive-like natives, there’s some steamy scenes (rimming, masturbation and anal sex) and another MFM sex scene (don’t worry the main character was not involved).
The length? A good one. The character Adam and his interest, River Boy, were good together. The ending? Could be considered a HEA but it’s not really a romance. It was kind of a ‘Planet of the Apes’ type read except there wasn’t any talking primates.