Release Date: March 31, 2018
Received From: Review copy from the author
Rin moves into a new flat on the day the aliens arrive. Their new flatmates are laid-back Sanjay and conspiracy theorist Pete. It doesn’t take long to notice some oddities about the pair, like hoarding cardboard and hissing at people when they’re angry. Something strange is going on, but it’s not all due to the aliens.
ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: aromantic
TROPES: alien invasion
TAGS: new adult, fantasy, queer characters, disabled character, HoH character, dyslexic character, POC characters
WARNINGS: abduction, fire, bugs/insects
I had really no idea what to expect going into this book or when I clicked the “like” button during the #ReviewPit event on Twitter, but I’d seen some people talk about how much they liked it and that it was a funky, fun story with an AAA (agender, aromantic, asexual) protagonist.
And they weren’t wrong! This story is strange and interesting, and the humor is quirky and sarcastic. All of the characters are uniquely themselves, despite the short length of the story, and are all lovable and relatable in their own ways. The plot itself is a little weird, but in a way that keeps you intrigued rather than bored and confused. It would be cool to potentially come back to this world at some point and read a longer exploration of the worldbuilding.
Additionally, Blake manages to pack such a variety of marginalizations into this short! There’s Rin who is hard of hearing, dyslexic, agender, aromantic, asexual, and a person of color (it’s mentioned that Sanjay is a darker brown than him but ethnicity is never specified). Sanjay is bisexual, likely Hindu (never confirmed on page), and also a person of color (likely Indian, but again, ethnicity isn’t specifically stated), and Pete is aromantic, asexual, and has a sensory processing disorder. Finally, Addie is an older Black woman. The diversity of race, gender, sexuality, and disabilites was really refreshing and exciting to see, and it was great to see how all aspects of each were immediately accepted by the others.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4
I’m a fantasy and science fiction writer. When I’m not writing, I enjoy walking and art. I live in England with my pet cockroaches.