This is the kind of thing that I both love and hate. Like some of this was eye rolling worthy, and some of it was like, 'alright, i got ya, I like it.' I disliked it as much as I liked, and I did so equally. Not like I liked half, but so much more than the rest. So two and a half stars, I guess.
The world building wasn't good enough for this to be a stand alone, and even some of that made me raise my eyebrow. Like the whole cybernetics allowing them to really only breed with one female. How do they know? How does Barrel know when the only thing he does is talk to her and see her over a screen? I'd assume the whole breeding thing would be genetics, and as a cyborg, he might be able to scan her in some way - but over a screen?
I do have a thing for how much Barrel loves Nola. (But some of the names. Like Barrel? Why?)
"His Nola would breed with him, would eventually grow to love him."
The 'breed with her then she'll slowly fall in love with him' makes no sense. Keep in mind, the cyborgs in this tend to use breeding instead of fucking or sexing her up. Or whatever you want to call it.
I mean, if she doesn't like fucking you the first time, will she really agree to do it over and over again until she loves you?
Shouldn't you try to win her over before you fuck her?
"A huge knife was rucked in the waistband of his ass covering."
I'm not quite sure if that should read as pocked in the back of his jeans, or if he has a special piece of clothing called an 'ass covering.'
"A leather strap slipped between her lips, muffling her question. The male had gagged her."
First of all, I wanted to bash something when they called each other the male and the female. Just why?
Secondly, he's gong to fuck her, then she'll 'eventually' fall in love with her, but first he'll start off with a non-consensual gagging. I was like 'OH SHIT WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN HERE?????'
Nothing like what I was thinking, but yeah, I don't care if he says it's a precaution or not, the fact that he doesn't want me screaming doesn't equal love. It equals a good, hard kick in the balls.
"She's been on her own since she had four solar cycles."
I'm not sure if 'solar cycles' is years or not?
"He tasted like metal and male..."
Keep going, please!
"...her rapidly expanding hair."
"Barrel slid his shaft along her folds, breeding without entry."
That just sounds wrong. I mean, I know what he's doing, but breeding might not be the word you want there.
"She was hot, slick, snug, her inner walls hugging his tip, her purely female fragrance surrounding him."
I find this ridiculously not hot. Am I the only one?
"He licked every droplet within reach, tasting salt and aroused female."
Show, don't tell. Aroused female gives me nothing. Is that in her sweat, so not her other bodily fluids? Because other than that, how would you tell what aroused female tastes like? This is part of the lazy world building, though. Really, a microcosm of that.
"...her curves absorbing the race of his breeding, a buffer of softness, of caring."
The next time someone tells me I've gotten fat, or look pregnant, I'm going to gently chide them with 'that's just a bugger of softness, of caring.'
"His essence made contact with her flesh and she screamed, her form convulsing under his, her pussy squeezing his shaft harder."
Man, I almost laughed out loud so many times, but then I"d have to explain why and I didn't want to read this thing aloud.
So, yeah, not a great book - at all.
I knocked down one half star for the art - which was actually quite good technically, but the style didn't match the story for me - and I knocked down one half star for trying to incorporate issues from the TV show. (A TV tie-in would work far better for that, and some of the ways that, say, Cat Grant was in this book? Just felt forced.) And while Cat is a character from the comics, so legitimately could be part of this without feeling like it's from the show, she's a doplleganger for the Cat on the show. (And again, I don't blame DC for trying to capitalize on the success of the show, but I'd rather have a tie-in. This Supergirl is a teenager - and a young adult on the show - is probably what makes Cat's appearance feel so forced.)
Still, making Supergirl a teen is a good way to deal with the alienation and anxiety and angst that comes with getting through those awkward, awkward years. And this takes full advantage of Kara being a Kryptonian, adding another level to that sense. Cyborg Superman is chilling in this volume, brining Kara part of her home - at an unbearable price. It pits the family she's born into against the family that raises her on Earth, asking for even more unbearable choices to be made.
And overall, that was kept me rapt, and makes me want to read more of this series. The tension kept ratcheting up, the pacing just divine, and while I do think there are minor, minor flaws, it's not enough to keep me from reading more or from enthusiastically recommending this series.
His face is humanoid, under his pants is a technological marvel.
Kimi, a curvy accomplished botanist, is proud of how her expertise helps humankind thrive on Planet Venora. The only negative aspect of her job is her occasional interactions with emotionless cyborgs, such as Lee 5, who help ensure the safety of Venora’s citizens.
When she’s selected for a special mission to visit Earth and sample the new plants growing there, Kimi couldn’t be more excited. Her excitement falters, however, when she’s introduced to the mission’s security detail: none other than the cyborg Lee 5.
It isn’t long, though, before the cramped confines of their spaceship push them closer and closer to each other, so that they can’t deny the attraction between them. But will she ever be able to discern his true feelings?
No matter my love of cyborgs I just could not with this book. Characters do unexplainable things. Really unreadable for me on so many levels.
The singularity promises that humanity will die and the machines will rise. Oh, you big tease. You know that's not going to happen. I was sucked into this story, as Vic and Sarah try to take down Anomoly, and Black Narcissus fights her board - just a little - as she uses her company's R&D toys to fight crime. (She's head of their R&D department.)
Still, I'm smarting. Oh, everyone promises the rise of machines, and only machines, but no, never. And yes, I want to read that. I foresee you letting me down in the near future Cyborg.