(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I have a few mixed feelings about this book. The blurb was quite an intriguing one, but I felt there were a few issues with the book.
Removing the sex drive of creatures on Earth was quite an interesting idea, but I felt it wasn’t as well explored as it could have been. It also wasn’t clear why doing that changed the attitudes of humans so completely straight away. The changes in attitudes would probably have worked with time, but that’s a minor thing, considering how violent and cruel some people can be.
The idea of the other planet, with ‘twins’, was quite a unique one. When the stories about the pasts were being told, though, I struggled a bit to relate to the characters. There was too much summarising, rather than giving me a chance to get to know the characters. I think there should have been more showing rather than just telling.
The thing with Scarlet and Scarlet 2 was quite an interesting one. I felt that was one of the strongest parts of the book. Although it was interesting to see the past lives of some of the other characters, I felt those scenes were too short and not involved enough to draw me in.
The book was fairly easy to read, but it lacked much of a conflict. The scene at the beginning was quite intense, but apart from that, it wasn’t quite as entertaining as I’d hoped. If there was a sequel dealing with some of the issues from this book, though, I’d be interested in reading it.