4.5 Stars for The Silvers by J. A. Rock @JARockAuthor #MM #SciFi #ScienceFiction @RiptidePublishing


Title: The Silvers
Author Name & Publisher: J. A. Rock (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 11, 2016 – 312 Pages


What humans want from the Silver Planet is water. What they find is a race of humanoids who are sentient, but as emotionless and serene as the plants and placid lakes they tend. B, captain of the mission, doesn’t believe that the “Silvers” are intelligent, and lets his crew experiment on them. But then he bonds with Imms, who seems different from the others-interested in learning, intrigued by human feelings. And B realizes that capturing, studying, and killing this planet’s natives has done incalculable damage.

When a fire aboard B’s ship kills most of the crew and endangers Imms, B decides to take him back to Earth. But the simplicity of the Silver Planet doesn’t follow them. Imms learns the full spectrum of human emotions, including a love B is frightened to return, and a mistrust of the bureaucracy that wants to treat Imms like a test subject, even if they have to eliminate B to do it.

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This was a very fascinating read. The world the author created was simple to understand, yet it was unique.
B is the captain of a ship that landed on Planet Silver to study the planet. They didn’t know until they landed on the planet that it was actually inhabited. They meet the “Silvers”, humanoid like beings with clear, silvery skin and you can see their heart, which can travel all over their body. I found that very interesting. And so did the crew, enough to actually start teaching them human basics…then turn around and start chopping them up and basically torturing them in the name of “science”. Oh man, I was upset about that, but it was believable because…human. When we don’t understand something, we start tearing it apart.
B meets Imms, an impulsive Silver who wants to learn about how it is to be human. The love story between them was odd. I’m not sure if I even liked B. He was too hot and cold for me and Imm’s suffering was intolerable to me. I was all for Imms though and adored his quirks. All in all, I liked this book a lot. It questions human morals. The ending kind of left me hanging. Part 2? 🙂


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J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

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