House of Zeor (Sime~Gen, Book 1)

House of Zeor (Sime~Gen, Book 1)

by Jacqueline Lichtenberg

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The first published novel in this bestselling series asks the question: "What if the basic human nature suddenly changed?" Hugh Valleroy of the Gen Police undertakes a covert mission into Sime Territory to rescue the woman he loves from the Sime kidnappers who would use her to destroy his government. His protector and guide?--a Sime who carefully and deliberately plans to kill him!

The New York Times Book Review says of the Sime~Gen Series that "It calls to mind the Frank Herbert of 'Dune' and the Walter M. Miller, Jr. of 'A Canticle for Leibowitz'."

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BN ID: 2940012135865
Publisher: Wildside Press
Publication date: 02/07/2011
Series: Sime~Gen , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 257 KB

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House Of Zeor 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
rivkat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of Mely¿s commenters, I think, described this postapocalyptic vampire tentacle slavefic as the dilating eyedrops before the slash goggles were applied, and that¿s not a bad description. Hugh Valleroy, a Gen, enters Sime territory to find the woman he loves. Aisha¿s kidnapping might just be the usual Sime raid seeking Gens, but because Aisha is important to the Gen government it might also be a move to destabilize Gen Territory entirely and drive all Gens into the pens. (Never very clear why one person would be enough to cause a breakdown given that pens = certain death given that most Simes need to kill a Gen every month to survive, but okay.) Hugh makes common cause with Klyd Farris, the most special channel of all, channels being Simes who can take energy from Gens without killing them and then transfer it to other Simes so that those Simes don¿t need to kill. Prose: a little purple, slashiness: very very high, satisfaction to my fourteen-year-old self: almost infinite. We should have a reading club where we all read/reread the books and then write Sime/Gen for Yuletide. (Caution: Weird stuff where apparently everyone is mixed-race modulo white until they¿re not; also predatory sexuality where the dominant social mores, against which our protagonists struggle, oppose Sime/Gen mixing more than coercion. And everybody is cool with the concept of buying a wife to keep a talented Gen happy.)
WingedWolf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the far future, the human race is divided into Sime and Gen, just as it is into male and female. Simes must take energy from Gens each month to live, but when they do so, the Gen usually dies. Can they learn to live together without killing before the human race is destroyed? Fascinating, detailed, and focused on character relationships, I can't recommend these books enough. They are my all-time favorites.
Missy_Snark More than 1 year ago
I read this entire series as a teenager and I recently discovered they were available on ebook, so I purchase them for a second read. The basic premise is distopian science fiction where the human race has evolved into two parts. First, Simes, who consume life energy every month in order to live. Second, Gen "Generators" who produce the vital life force the Simes must have. When a Gen resists a Sime's attempt to take the life force, the Gen suffers pain and dies. Thus, humanity is split into two adversarial factions, constantly at war. They possess primitive technology and appear to live an agrarian lifestyle. Out of the chaos, Householdings emerge, the only places where Simes and Gens live in unity without Simes killing the Gens. House of Zeor revolves around the adventures of Hugh, a Gen policeman who is attempting to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend. Helping him, Klyd Farris is a channel, one of the rare Simes who takes life force from Gens and gives it to Simes to keep them from the kill. The first book lacks the mysticism apparent in later books which moves it into the realm of fantasy. I appreciate its solid roots in reality, because some of the later books get way out there and become difficult to digest. The descriptive scenes are great, pulling the reader into the world, creating a mental picture. Excellent world-building. House of Zeor is not quite as fantastic as my memories of it. However, it is very obviously a first novel, riddled with errors such as head hopping and congruency issues, which I did not perceive as a teenager, but see now. Also, as a grown woman, I have come to perceive Hugh as rather whiny and lacking in self-control, qualities unbecoming in a grown man. Despite its flaws, the author tells a compelling tale of people struggling to overcome their differences. The heroes endure hardships and personal sacrifices in order to make the world a better place. It is a story of hope and belief in a brighter future, and I found myself swept up in the plot right to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the sime-gen concept, where we live together for the mutual good, or we perish ( as told in a later novel). I am delighted to get a chance to read them all again! This one ia a beautiful love story filled with intrigue and excitement. The communities and cultures are realistic and co peeling. A true joy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago