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Empath by Simon Brading
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The Earth. It was beautiful. She knew it was a dead planet but even so; the way the sun reflected off the green oceans, the swirling of the dark storms, lit by sporadic flashes, even the dusty brown land, all was fascinating...
Loved the premise of this one.

Centuries ago the earth was ruined. The richest escaped to their Habitats (satellites) and became "the Enhanced." While they circled the globe, they spent their time enhancing their bodies, lifespans (etc) with technology while the remaining humans on Earth were left to rot.

The humans on earth (due in part to intense natural selection and radiation) developed what would be considered superpowers thus becoming the Evolved.

Once the world became too inhospitable for even the Evolved to survive, the Enhanced finally ( finally ) took pity and brought the bedraggled remains of the human race to the Habitats.

Centuries after that event, everyone (more or less) settled down. The Evolved live in the bowels of the habitat while the Enhanced have their high-society, glittering homes.
Angelica was an Empath, an extremely rare ability for an Evolved, but utterly useless in the world they lived in.
A mysterious Enhanced man (A Vargus - one of the original families) hires Angelica to do the unthinkable (and practically impossible) - join the Enhanced society and kill his father.

Suddenly Angelica is swept into a society where the laws, the players and the game is set against her. And her one special talent is now useless. Will she succeed? Or be forced to "disappear" in the middle of the night? It's all a game to them but to her, it's life.
The Game. The only one that matters, the one that has been played over and over since one man first gained dominion over another. It is the acquisition of power and the social ladder you must climb to reach my father.
I really enjoyed the storyline of this book. However, I couldn't quite get into this one like I have with Brading's other novels (i.e. The Pirate's Heir or The Lifeboat at the End of the Universe). This is in part because (to put it bluntly) all the sex.

Now, when I read a book, I am very, very particular about the sex. I dislike it when I have to read a sex scene and the plot is put on hold. If there isn't a build-up to a relationship, I have a hard time believing the characters. I want love, not casual affairs.

Heck, I even start to worry if there is no mention of birth control. That's right. I worry about pregnancy when my fictional characters are having sex. This is why I don't read/review erotica - I would have an aneurysm by the third chapter.

While this book wasn't fully erotica, it did toe the line several times. (To clarify: this book had too much of a solid plot to be under the erotica category).

Angelica is a prostitute and her Empath powers pigeon-hole her into that career (at least it does in the Evolved society). And when she joins Vargas and the society, she leaves her prostitutin' ways behind.
"My father won't touch you if you sleep your way up. You're going to have to be classy. Save the whoring for him."

"Classy? Yeah, I can do classy."

"Yes, I'm sure you can."
But, she still has a very, very healthy libido and so did everyone around her. Everyone who met Angelica thought A) she was unbelievably gorgeous and B) when can I get this chick in bed? And while I understand that that is just how their society worked, there were several of these interactions that had me rolling my eyes at the improbability.

There was one scene that did really bother me (and this is (in part) due to how I was raised/the laws in the US. (view spoiler)

Overall - I enjoyed the premise and the plot. Just kept getting distracted by all the sex.

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Reading Progress

February 18, 2018 – Started Reading
February 18, 2018 – Shelved
April 1, 2018 –
page 40
April 1, 2018 –
page 230
April 3, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Tom (new)

Tom Lewis That is a cool premise!

Miranda Reads totally!

message 3: by Diane (new)

Diane Good n insightful review, Miranda! :)

Miranda Reads Diane wrote: "Good n insightful review, Miranda! :)"

Thank you :)

message 5: by Jane (new)

Jane "Heck, I even start to worry if there is no mention of birth control."

Lol! I'm the same way! With books, with movies, even with actual porn -- if the details are off somehow, I'm too busy thinking about how uncomfortable, unsafe, or unrealistic things are that I cannot get into the right "mood" for the steamy stuff!

Miranda Reads Omg. I am glad I'm not the only one who worries like that :)

message 7: by Jane (new)

Jane Miranda wrote: "Omg. I am glad I'm not the only one who worries like that :)"

You're definitely not alone!

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