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The Human Planets Collective sent young Ambassador Kaj Deder to the former colony planet Ostakis to establish relations. Without trade with the HPC, the dwindling resources of Ostakis will ultimately end human life on the planet. But his mission faces a huge obstacle in the form of Most Reverend Thyenn Sharr, the head of the Faith Progressive Church, who sees Kaj's arrival ...more
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Published February 18th 2019 by NineStar Press
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Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
As with much of science fiction, the power of the story is actually the indirect addressing of current societal concerns. What happens to a society where there are intersex men who can and do get pregnant? What happens to a society where an extreme religious faction uses sexuality and gender roles as a basis for power and economic struggles? What happens when household power and societal power overlap?

I enjoyed the nuanced descriptions of various relationships in the book: father-intersex son,
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Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, lgbtq
Sci-Fi fantasy stories always give me a humble feeling. They make me feel aware of the infinity of the universe and how small and void we are.
Kaj Deder, ambassador of planet Earth, is sent by the Human Planets Collective, to planet Ostakis, a former colony planet. Ostakis runs out of resources which will ultimately end the human life on that planet. Kaj has to make a business of trading sources to prevent this.
Not everyone on this planet welcomes Kaj, The Most Reverend Thyenn Sharr, the high pri
Elaine White
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Divine Magazine

Ostakis, by Angelica Primm
208 Pages
POV: 1st person, dual POV
Themes: Sci-Fi, MPREG, religious fanaticism, political intrigue, Bisexual MC, Intersex MC

This was an interesting read for me. It's my first book by Angelica Primm and it won't be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed Ostakis and hope that the inclusion of Human Planets Collective on the cover is the promise of more books to come, even if they focus on new planet
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

“Ostakis” was a very surprising read. Surprising plot-wise and surprising that I enjoyed it as much as I did.

The main focus of the story lies on the diplomacy, which was actually really interesting. It’s told through both MCs’ POV, so we got to see the society of Ostakis through the eyes of a stranger and of a native. That was a very good choice and made for some interesting insights.

At times, I thought Kaj was a bit undiplomatic. His mission is a very
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-bytes, m-m

This was an interesting read and while it is a science fiction book, the conflict caused by the meshing of politics and religion is certainly a contemporary one that most readers would relate to.

Our main characters are Kaj and Arlan, and the story is presented from both men’s point of view. Kaj is a representative from the Human Planets Collective, an organization that seemed somewhat similar to the European Union, as in you join their group for extra benefits such as trade agreements.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Human Planets Collective Ostakis
Author: Angelica Primm
Publisher: Nine Star Press
ISBN: 978-1-950412-03-7
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Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel

The Human Planets Collective sent young Ambassador Kaj Deder to the former colony planet Ostakis to establish relations. But in the twenty-five hundred years since Earth lost contact with Ostakis, the people of that colony have dramatically changed. Kaj is tasked with finding the reason for these change
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free book.*

The entire book reminded me hardcore of "Left Hand of Darkness" by the great and late Ursula K Le Guin - but I'll come back to that later... Kaj is sent to Ostakis, a planet with descendants of human settlers many centuries ago, in order to establish diplomatic exchange and to establish trade in the long run. Etiquette and social norms are very different from earth, especially the so-called Cursed have
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

As a long-time reader of science fiction, I wanted more from this book.

Ostakis is a sci-fi romance with a focus on diplomacy. Kaj, an ambassador from Earth, comes to a lost colony to bring it into a collected alliance of human planets. What he encounters is a stratified society, with certain individuals—the Cursed—held in a subjugated role based on their physical characteristics. The position of the Cursed is reinforced by a powerful church that views them as inherently sinful, a manife
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very enjoyable sci-fi book and it's own version of mpreg and heats. This is not an omegaverse novel. But, the characters are well developed, the world building is done very well, and the writing style is easy to read.

The MCs of this story are from different least at this point in time. Kai is sent from Old Earth as an "ambassador" to Ostakis; a planet that had been colonized by humans hundreds of centuries ago, and then left to its own devices. The Humans Planets Collectiv
“Modern and old, wide and close, bright and dark, these were the contrasts of my new home. In which light would I stand in the coming days? Despite the heat, I shivered, because I did not know the answer.” ~ Kaj

It has been quite a while since I have read a science-fiction story and there was something in the blurb for ‘Ostakis’, something merely hinted at, that had me very curious as to what Kaj was going to find on this planet and who the Cursed are. Kaj has come to this planet, originally sett
Susan Anne
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Ostakis by Angelica Primm via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review. I’ve enjoyed first contact stories since I started reading science fiction in fifth grade and Ostakis is an intriguing addition to the genre. The Earth ambassador, Kaj, is obviously carrying a lot of baggage, all of which gets revealed by the end of the book. Also revealed is the secret the colonists of Ostakis try to keep hidden from Kaj. I loved the way Kaj’s mission was successfully ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who love sci-fi romance & GLBTQ Stories
Recommended to Tanya by: Angelica Primm
At first when I started reading this book. I thought I wasnt getting the gist of the people and their place in the story. When I did, I loved how this author took a taboo subject and brought to light how difficult life can be for those not "socially acceptable". It warmed my heart when I read through to the end and how it ended. I totally recommend this to open minded people. I congratulate this author on a well written story! I hope she builds on this story line. I would love to read more about ...more
Patricia Hoffstaetter
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
This is a well-written, enjoyable Sci-fi romance with an unusual version of Mpreg & it kept my attention. The story-line & plot is well-thought out & written. The author took the time to explain about the “cursed” so the reader is not lost or confused. The unique characters are well-developed & interesting.
There is: political issues, religious issues, twists & turns, intrigue, adventure, action, secrets, attractions, emotional turmoil, discrimination, prejudicial treatment, fear, violence, adver
Margaux Espinosa
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok, as anyone that regularly reads my reviews knows, I do not read anything about the books before deciding to read them. So this one was a seriously shock to me. But it was definitely worth the read. The political, religious and prejudices that this plot has are all very relevant and hooked me in right away. I adored the outlook that Kaj Deder from Earth has on it all. This was a very good read and I look forward to reading more works from this author in the future.
tammy rufo
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this was a great read. i love science fiction and political reads. this had both. this book could have been written in our current time. i don't want to give away to much, it was really interesting and well written. i would def recommend this book. first time reading this author and i really enjoyed it. ...more
Joscelyn Smith
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very Enjoyable

This was a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi story. The storyline was very interesting, the characters were engaging, and the world building was top notch and really drew me in.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Gema Cela rodríguez
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very well written story that got me completely hooked. It has sci-fi, fantasy, romance, religious matters, political intrigues... All of it joined in a wonderful storyline.
P Leslie
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review, sci-fi-mm
*I voluntarily read this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else's*

3.5 -4 stars

I initially struggled to get into the story: the beginning where Kaj was reading inbetween the lines went over my head.

The author explored the ‘cursed’ really well and by the end you get a clearer picture as to how they came to exist.

Arlan and Kaj have a sizzling connection throughout. Kaj was overwhelmed after discovering the truth of the things that were kept from him. I couldn’t blame him for
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Robyn Stuart
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The story had me in its grip from start to finish. An ambassador from Earth arrives at a planet, which has been populated by Earthlings for some time but had lost contact with the mother planet. Right from the start, there was the sense of being a stranger in a strange land with the mystery surrounding the action which is slowly unpacked to eventually reach the climax when we meet the indigenous peoples. The ambassador finds he is attracted to a young man who holds a deep secret, which the local ...more
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Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Beyond the story there were a lot of interesting things to think about in this book. The outsider view of our world was really well done and fascinating. I think the author probably has a lot more hope in humanity than I generally do lol. The story itself was well written and had great pacing. I like how it builds up suspicions. My one complaint would be that the part with the Unspoken seemed a bit too fast and really didn't give them any chance to redeem themselves, but perhaps that's a problem ...more
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Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a good, quick read. I'd characterize it as a sort of psychological study since it shows how people/society react when feeling scared or threatened. Really well-written characters, and excellent, fairly complex plot kept me engaged. Another author with solid talent. Recommended. ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set far in the future, Ostakis takes us to a world that is slowly dying. With resources running out and a population in decline, the government feels the world can only be saved by joining the Human Planet Collective. Kaj, ambassador for the HPC, finds more than a dying world, he discovers prejudice, bigotry, and sexism. Now Kaj must balance his political duties with his own personal beliefs before time runs out. A well written blend of political intrigue, world-building, and steamy romance, Ost ...more
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