Title: The Forbidden Zone
Author Name & Publisher: Victoria Zagar (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: November 25, 2015
When Julian’s mentor urges him to accept an invitation to study the dying sand of Valeria, all he sees is another assignment. Valeria’s ban on romantic and sexual unions seems a trivial price to pay in the name of scientific progress; even the constant supervision by the Sisters, the advanced A.I. that runs Valeria, seems a negligible point.
When the situation proves to be more difficult than anticipated, Julian finds a lifeline in Saidin, a warm, emotional individual who has somehow survived a world of passive expression and uniformity. As they work together to try and solve Valeria’s degradation problem, they learn the Sisters had a much more sinister reason for inviting Julian to Valeria, and the two of them may not be able to save themselves, let alone an entire planet…
Julian goes to Valeria hoping to study the dying sand of this planet but gets more then he expects when he gets there. There are so many rules you must follow on this planet and one of those rules is no sex what so ever which Julian finds it hard to follow this rule once he meets Saidin. The sisters who rule this world are cruel. One thing is clear to Julian is things must change because it is not fair for the Aliens that live on Valeria to be treated like they have been.
I have to say I really liked the authors pretense of this story and the way she wrote these characters. You do get some angst and action with this book along with steam between Julian and Saidin. I will admit so of this book dragged a little bit for me and I found it hard to stay focused but after awhile this book really grabbed me and I ended up really liking this book!
Victoria was born in the United Kingdom but emigrated to the United States at age 21. She’s bisexual, non- binary, happily married, and still shouts in a British accent. She lives with her husband in Pennsylvania where she spends a lot of time playing and talking about video games, especially Japanese role-playing games.
Besides the Culture Wars series, she is the author of a variety of LGBTQA titles, as well as forthcoming novels The Forbidden Zone (m/m) and The Best Of Both Worlds (f/f/m), contracted with Less Than Three Press. She loves to write about all colors of the rainbow and celebrate love wherever it may be found.