Monday, January 20, 2014

Static by L.A. Witt

Title: Static
Author: L.A. Witt
My Rating: A

Genre: Sci Fi Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Alex and Damon
Release Date: January 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
After two years together, Alex has been dreading the inevitable moment when Damon learns the truth: that Alex is a shifter, part of a small percentage of the population able to switch genders at will. Thanks to a forced implant, though, Alex is suddenly static—unable to shift—and male. Overnight, he’s out to a world that neither understands nor tolerates shifters . . . and to his heterosexual boyfriend.

Damon is stunned to discover his girlfriend is a shifter, and scared to death of the dangers the implant poses to Alex’s health. He refuses to abandon Alex, but what about their relationship? Damon is straight, and with the implant both costly and dangerous to remove, Alex is stuck as a man.

Stripped of half his identity and facing serious physical and social ramifications, Alex needs Damon more than ever, but he doesn’t see how they can get through this.

Especially if he’s static forever.
My Review:
What a completely original, completely creative, completely eye-opening story. Wow, I'm a little overwhelmed with this book. From page one, it sucked me in and I truly could not set it down until I was done., he/she was an amazing character. For the rest of the review, I'm going to refer to Alex as him because that was the gender he was in most of the book.

Alex hasn't had an easy life...mainly because of his mom and step-dad's completely wrong and amoral viewpoints on shifters. In this world shifters shift between male and female. Everything shifts...physical as well as mental. When these shifter are male, they are fully male and vice versa. It's when they can't shift that things become touchy because they aren't right. Society, for the most part, doesn't understand that so the medical community has created implants that keep the person from shifting. It's dangerous and inhibiting and for Alex it's unimaginable until it's forced on him.

The author did a truly amazing job capturing the emotional turmoil that Alex is facing. Not being able to shift ever again is torture for the point where there are moments when death is preferable. Throughout the entire book, my heart hurt for him. He's suffered through so much and has made a decent life for himself where most everyone knows him as female Alex, including his boyfriend of two years, Damon. Because of the issues in the past, only a very few people know that Alex is a shifter including Damon, but when he's stuck in his male form, there's no hiding the fact from society anymore.

This is a book that is so difficult because as I read it I became so much more aware about the discrimination in our society about this same thing. There is a transgender character in the book named Tabby. She's never had the ability to shift because she is a static, but she is the closest person Alex has who understands what he's going through. Seriously, great skills from the author here capturing all the layers of emotion and turmoil.

Then there's Damon (this is very slightly spoilery here)....the boyfriend who never knew that his girlfriend was also a male. I think I enjoyed his side of the story the best as he came to realize that he truly was in love with the person Alex was inside. Although they've always had a very sexual relationship, he is only attracted to women. I don't think he would have stuck around long enough to see things through if Alex hadn't been so lost when this all happened. But I'm so glad that he did because watching his transformation and the levels of their relationship mature was truly beautiful.

It's a great story and even though this is a fictional, sci-fi world, it all felt so real. There may not be shifters in our society, but we definitely have people who feel like this everyday. It was an eye-opening read and a beautiful story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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