On the harsh planet of Kalan, weakness is not tolerated. When young spore farmer Edward suffers an carriage accident that kills his mail-order bride and his factory manager, Edward has little chance of survival, until Knox—an enormous “reconstitute” labor slave—plucks him from disaster.
Recons are part machine, part human remains from executed Federation prisoners. But Knox is different from other recons. He can read and has flashes of brilliance. With no one else to rely on over the bleak winter, Edward forms an alliance with Knox, and against social taboos, they become friends. Edward struggles against his growing lust for the large humanoid, and while Knox thrives in his new life, memories of his past torment him.
A twist of fate brought Knox and Edward together, but there will be a price to pay in blood when they learn how deeply their lives truly intersect.
Reparation is a love story inspired by Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein, set in the future, in a high fantasy setting, on the planet of Kalan.
After losing his wife and his factory manager in an accident, Edward struggles to manage his spore farm all alone. Knox, one of his reconstituted slaves, shows unusual intelligence, so Edward – not having any other options – puts him in the leader position. Furthermore, being lonely and feeling strangely attracted to him, he longs for Knox’s company.
Recons are part machine – part human remains from executed Federation prisoners. But Knox is different from other recons. Recons’ brain is wiped clean, but Knox is intelligent and perceptive. The more stimuli he gets from Edward, the more he remembers his previous life.
The mutual attraction shows in camaraderie and friendship, and soon it is impossible to resist the inexplicable draw between them.
But of course, everything happens for a reason. As Knox memories slowly unfold, they have to decide how to deal with their fate.
Engaging: perfectly structured storyline, twists I didn’t see coming, cruel fate and all. Perfection!
Smooth and comes at a good pace.
In the case of Knox it is not really a development, rather a rediscovery of himself.
Edward – there is a development here, but similarly to Knox, Edward simply discovers those traits in his personality the reader already can see he is having.
Focused on Kalan, we don’t know much about the other planets. But the depiction of Kalan and its atmosphere is captivating. I’d love to read more stories set in this world, especially a follow up of Edward and Knox’s life. The concept of the Recons is believable and creates a solid base for the story.
Nicely built anticipation, full of tension and suppressed desire, mind blowing and intimate erotica – it is beautiful.
The Wuthering Heights vibe is stronger and more prominent than the Frankenstein: it is raw and gloomy, but unlike WH, there is hope and prospect for Edward and Knox.
Knox held him tight, reveling in the feeling of Edward in his arms and trying to comprehend the man’s generosity of spirit. It was humbling. Edward’s forgiveness, the return of his affection, flooded Knox with joy and relief and pleasure so raw it could only be love. How ironic that he’d found it only now, here on Kalan, that he’d had to be cut up into pieces and put back together again to find it.
I want more!