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review 2014-02-22 10:41
Line and Orbit
Line and Orbit - Sunny Moraine,Lisa Soem

This is my choice for the Zodiac Challenge (Pisces) since it's set in another world.


This story came highly recommended and almost all of my friends love it. 
I can see why, although I didn't love it quite as much. It has very creative world building, an interesting mix of old history and folklore and sci-fi/futuristic and a very powerful message and moral.

Adam lives in the very modern and technology advanced world. The people have been 'enhanced' and bred for perfection and implanted with technology for generations.
The Bideshi separated from 'their brothers' generations ago when they saw how the future was going to “A long time ago, my people—and then they were your people too—saw a way to rid themselves of a disease that was causing a great deal of death and pain. They went into the genetic code of every human and cut the sickness off at the source. At the root. New generations needed to have the same procedure. It was a good thing. It saved lives, as long as the practice was maintained. But then…then they went further.”

But Adam has a defect, making him trash and undesirable for the Protectorate
He is rescued by Lochlan and taken in to a world that Adam has only heard rumors about.

“Adam looked down at the proffered hand. He didn’t take it. The Bideshi. Weavers of dark magic, believers of dark madness. Bandits and thieves.”

The Bideshi seems to be a native nomadic kind of society, they like to travel on their home ships, there are also lots of references to the Old Testament of the bible in their history. Like brother against brother with Cain and Able, which is a good metaphor for this story. They also live with superstition and magic. They have very strong family ties and the whole society is considered family.
This is a whole new world for Adam and it changes him in many ways.
The society he came from was 'perfect' and very repressed. It's represented by Melissa Cosaire. And wow, someone wanted to make sure we knew how crazy perfection can be.
Adam is accepted and welcomed in to their world, as much as he was dismissed and exiled by his own.
But the Protectorate has a secret, one they are willing to kill to keep.

“You’ve heard that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. But here’s a thing to think on, child: why must there be any difference between the two?”

Decisions need to be made, ones that will cause death and hardship. 
“I caused this.” He ached with exhaustion and a thousand other things. “They want me—”
“They want blood. Be easy, little brother. You’re ours now. We are bigger and we are older and, mitr, we do not fight fair.”

I liked a lot of those things, the strong moral of the story, to always want moremore perfection, more power, havingno acceptance of anything different or 'imperfect' and to what that can lead. But also being brave and standing up for what you believe in, even at great cost. It was a very unique story with lots of creative mixing of different components. 
But, it was very long, too long, and at times written in such a way that was more riddles and I felt like I should know what they meant or were talking about, but I didn't. It took me almost half the book to feel invested and want to carry on reading.
And I would not consider this a romance at all, yes Adam and Lochlan do come together, but it really is more of a footnote. I never really warmed up to them as a couple and it wasn't until the last pages that I was even sure they were one.

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review 2014-01-13 20:39
Line and Orbit
Line and Orbit - Sunny Moraine,Lisa Soem

4.75 stars.

Great characters + fascinating story = happy reader :)

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review 2014-01-13 16:00
Line and Orbit
Line and Orbit - Sunny Moraine,Lisa Soem

I loved this. It took over my life. I was completely engrossed in this gorgeous new world, the writing, the characters, all of them. Lochlan, Adam, Kae. I absolutely hated reaching the end and having to say goodbye. I'm going to dream about this tonight. Really recommend trying this if you're in the mood for some sci-fi. And that it is LGBT is only a huge plus for me.


I don't think I can write the awesome review this book deserves. Fortunately there are already some amazing ones, on goodreads. I'll try to write more when I get back home.

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Line and Orbit - Sunny Moraine,Lisa Soem

"Readers will fall for the engaging dialogue, wonderfully fleshed-out characters, a sexy and realistic romance, fully realized world-building, and a genuinely interesting science fictional core issue to work through. This phenomenal novel marks Moraine and Soem as authors to watch."—Publishers Weekly, starred review


"I think what I found most interesting...and entertaining...about this book was how the strong romance was worked into such an unpredictable storyline filled with so much emotion."—Elisa Rolle's Rainbow Awards

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review 2013-04-27 00:00
Line and Orbit - Sunny Moraine,Lisa Soem 3,5 stars.This is imo a space opera. It reminded me of the Sirantha Jax series and the works of Linnea Sinclair (although missing the humor I always found in Sinclair's books). Which I both liked very much.It was a carefully crafted story with a very intersting world building though the pieces of this world were not really original, but the interplay was quite unique.A very enthralling and well written novel with a very engaging main character.What it is not: a gay romance. Why only 3,5 stars? There were some things in the plot that I didn't like and it dragged a little (especially in the "esoteric" scenes) - but again, it was a very enjoyable read all around. Adam, the protagonist, is gay - this is not accepted in his genetically enhanced society. This plot twist doesn't make any sense whatsoever in my opinion. If a society has separated sex and procreation there is simply no reason to condemn homosexuality. Because then it is clearly only for recreational purposes. This didn't make sense for me, so I felt it a rather forced attempt to make the alternative/eco-friendly/natural/organic/free-spirited society which Adam encounters after he leaves home even more superior (because now morally also...). I also missed any kind of plausible growing attraction or feelings between Adam and his "love interest". At 66% they were suddenly having sex, the small moments when there was a glimpse before it was mostly in the context of drug consuming. Not a good twist in my mind also - because I don't believe that drugs really broaden the horizon, but ok. It should probably show the open-mindedness of the B'deshi (the people that adopt and heal Adam). So the romance part failed for me for the most part. Through out most of the book I had to fight the impression that the "gay thing" was not integral part of the story. But that was just my impression.It was also a bit too clcear in the good guys/bad guys separation - the b'deshi were a little too holy for me to be still human.
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