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Oh, how I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its tone and tambre reminded me of a period piece, as in Ancient Egypt, and the descriptive writing by the author definitely lent itself to a place reminiscent of the desert. But I was intrigued throughout and constantly surprised and mesmerized by the story of two people from different worlds and different classes living in an oppressive land... I highly recommend this love story that was like watching a cinematic masterpiece.
Honestly, by the title and cover I almost passed this book by. I'm really glad I didn't. What a concept, that the world is ran by women and men are slaves. The main character, Mauricio is imprisoned in terrible conditions with no friends. He then comes upon the presidents daughter, Rosie who he falls for. His love for Rosie is so pure it makes you smile. I won't go into detail to spoil the book but I suggest reading it. I could see this book being made into a movie.
I went back and forth with this book at the beginning, and when that happens I usually just stop reading it. But for some reason I continued on and loved it by the middle and end. Will read more written by her.
The Priest by Monica La Porta is a great book. The best elements of story are there - language, character, dialogue, and emotion. The tale is riveting - the character of the slave Mauricio nabs the reader on page 1 and doesn't let go until the last page. I left this book wanting to know more about what happens. I immediately went and bought another book in the series, and I will go read The Priest again. This is great work by a great author.
This was an interesting opening for Monica La Porta's Ginecean Chronicles.
On the planet Ginecea, women rule with an iron fist, and the men are all enslaved. While most of the men are used for field labor, a certain selection of them that pass the grade are used for breeding purposes, although only for more men and "fathered women" who are considered a lesser class than the purebreds who go to the priestess to be impregnated via a mysterious ritual.
Mauricio is one of the slaves that makes the cut and is used for breeding. He longs to be among the other men working in the fields, and his lonely existence is pretty miserable... until Rosie, the purebred daughter of the president, comes to the temple to become pregnant. Mauricio's curiosity leads to an unlikely and dangerous friendship, but it also leads him to a startling truth about the purebreds that hold themselves so much higher than the rest of society.
This novel definitely had a Brave New World feel to it. It was tender and heartbreaking in places, but also thrilling and exciting at times. I'm usually into more humorous reads, but even as a somber, thought-provoking novel, I really enjoyed this!
I really enjoyed this first book of the Ginecean Chronicles and will be purchasing the next one. Monica La Porta did an excellent job in developing the characters and keeping me interested. I am hoping in the next book that we find some closure for the Priest.
Mauricio is a man, and therefore a slave. Rosie is the President's daughter in a society where women do not befriend men. The Priest by Monica La Porta is the story of what happens when two people break social taboos and fight against the laws and norms that keep them apart.
What I loved: Original and beautifully written. Vivid descriptions but not heavy handed. Great world building. I felt completely immersed in the believable and highly unorthodox society of Rosie and Mauricio. Some of the scenes are incredibly poignant and heart rendering. One of my favourites was when Mauricio is put in a room with a window, and sees sunlight for the first time in his life.
What I didn't like: This isn't a major issue, but the last few chapters felt like they should have been another book in the series, more detailed and developed. There was just so much there - characters, new situations etc - that I wanted to know more about. Or at least there could have been another chapter linking the story to the end chapters.
Overall - this is going on my `highly recommended' list!
Humanity through history has proven its proclivity for violence, slavery, and the ability to be blind when it suits them. This is far from a happy story but still people persevered through all that was thrown at them. This exploration just shows that no matter how the society is set up, as long as it's inhabitants are human there will be no utopia.
Refreshingly different and excellently written. Not many free books are as intriguing as this one. I was very pleased to encounter an author whose work was not only well written, well edited. Nothing distracted me from enjoying the flow of the narrative, and simmering story.