by L.A. Witt
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Static by L.A. Witt

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After two years together, Alex has been dreading the inevitable moment when Damon learns the truth: that Alex is a shifter, part of a small percentage of the population able to switch genders at will. Thanks to a forced implant, though, Alex is suddenly static--unable to shift - and male. Overnight, he's out to a world that neither understands nor tolerates shifters . . . and to his heterosexual boyfriend.

Damon is stunned to discover his girlfriend is a shifter, and scared to death of the dangers the implant poses to Alex's health. He refuses to abandon Alex, but what about their relationship? Damon is straight, and with the implant both costly and dangerous to remove, Alex is stuck as a man.

Stripped of half his identity and facing serious physical and social ramifications, Alex needs Damon more than ever, but he doesn't see how they can get through this.

Especially if he's static forever.

Winner: Best Science Fiction Romance in the 2013 EPIC Awards!
Finalist: Best Transgender Fiction in the 24th annual Lambda Literary Awards!
Winner: Best Bisexual / Transgender Sci-Fi / Paranromal / Fantasy in the 2011 Rainbow Awards!

NOTE: This is a revised and edited second edition of Static, originally released in 2011.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148298304
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: 01/19/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 297,895
File size: 683 KB

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Static 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an excellent novel exploring gender dysphoria and it's effects on family and friends. As a shifter, Alex has never had dysphoria too bad until his family intervenes, locking him as a man. Now his boyfriend who always knew Alex as a girl, struggles to maintain their relationship. A powerful illustration of the struggles family have when a person comes out as trans as well as the unhelpful reaction of family and the love of community. I most appreciated the fact that religious people were portrayed as both allies and enemies. Very few stereotypes populated this novel.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to just say that this book reaffirmed my stance on women writing male/male love stories. Now Im not saying a woman cant write a beautifully written love story between two men. I am definitely not saying that. But it seems as though us "women" put as little research to the dynamics of a true queer love story. Static has a slight paranormal feeling. Extreme emphasis on slight. In this book there are humans who can shift genders who are known as "shifters." Ironically they are apart of the queer community and are hated on as much as someone transgender, but they are not quite transgender. The main character Alex finds herself drugged, and with an implant from her "God-Fearing mother and step dad" and sketchy pastor that prevents her from shifting genders. She find herself "static" a term to describe someone who can not shift, or heterosexual/cis gender and 100% male. She is not ashamed of her body, but this comes to a surprise to her boyfriend of 2 years Damon. He had no idea she was a shifter, and him not being attracted to men, they have no idea where their relationship is headed. Can I say that these types of books are an actual insult to the transgender identity. The initial synopsis of this book intrigued me, but I had to shake my head laughing almost every other chapter. The pacing is ok, I mean it's not life changing but it works. My main issue is with the plot itself. I think the plot would have taken more research had Alex been actually transgender and not some made up term for someone who can shift between both. I wont claim to know a whole lot about transgender identity, but I sure as hell know it aint this. The world building behind the story just reaffirms that default(white, straight, cis gender, you know the drill) writers just take issues that actual marginalized groups have to experience, and turn around and make profit for it. I didnt find Alex that relatable. I wish I did, but my main issue with her? She had a type of privilege that she hid behind, and didn't even know it. Being a shifter allowed her to "blend" , or rather keep her privilege. I dont deny that in this story she had it difficult, but as a shifter, when she was female she was 100% female, when male, the same. She thought she was being so revolutionary for "choosing" to be female in a male dominated world, but really all she did was cower and hide to keep her white, straight, cis gender privilege. Her male form? Was gay. Because she was attracted to men, it carried over to her male side, so she was a straight woman, but a gay male between switches. I had to wonder what this story wouldve been like had Alex been someone dealing with being actually transgender. I could've seen this book from a whole new light had it been from her boss' point of view, someone actually transgender. And the fact Alex continued to show her privilege by pointing out Tabby's "strange" relationship with her parents. As if it's so out of the ordinary for parents to love their children regardless of sexual orientation/identity. I will admit it isn't easy. But give humanity some credit. Not everyone hates queer people, and it isn't easy to deal with, but parents deal with it because they love their children. I don't think having a close relationship despite being transgender is so out of the ordinary. Damon? Hmm...It is also told from his perspective, which I liked. I love dual perspectives, but I just think he's not fleshed out well enough for me to be in love with him. He's extremely noble, and that's saying a lot considering our society of the brain washing of men to be a certain way. But this whole "Gay For You" storyline's just an insult to anyone who is actually going through this. Im not saying it could never happen, I've definitely seen it. But what takes down this story? That he was in a relationship for two years. And with no knowledge of Alex's status, he has no real time to come to terms with it. I would've liked it better had he known all along, or had his guesses, and came to terms with it on his own, instead of it being shoved in his face. Not trying to be funny, but having a homeboy to watch sports with, and down a few beers? Then having a girlfriend whom you're physically attracted to in one person? I don't know a lot of guys who would turn that down. I think the language of the book is too lazy. It's as if none of the main characters can have a conversation without swearing. I know they're going through a lot, and trust me, I swear like a sailor, but it brought the book down for me. It made them come off as angry, vicious, and incapable of having an intelligent way to convey anger. There aren't as many grammatical errors and the point of view's are clear, but I think it's still lazy writing. Sorry. Cant give any points on diversity. I don't pass them out like cookies. While Alex was a shifter, she could keep her privilege, and that just didn't sit well with me. And everyone in this book was white, as they weren't stated as much else. There was absolutely no intersectionality in this book. No disabled shifters, or queer characters, none of color, pretty much all lily white people who shout to the world "discrimination!" because their privilege is suddenly taken from them. This book doesn't empower people actually dealing with these issues. You know why? Because anyone who actually is transgender is essentially background music. Their story isn't important, but it's great to draw from, right? Leads me to believe the writer has absolutely no experience with people that are different from them. The transgender identity is complicated. But No female to male, or male to female, feels both. When you are transgender, you are essentially a male trapped in a female body, or a female trapped in a male body. You dont get to CHOOSE. I think the title fits, and while I received it on Netgalley, I loved Netgalley's cover. It lead me to believe this story would be something more fantasy driven, but it is essentially a male-male love story, which I would've had no issue with with better research. Character names, just ok. Nothing revolutionary. I think I know what Alex looked like, but Damon, Im not sure. The author didn't describe people very well, so I assume they expect you to just picture the beautiful White Hollywood we've come to know. Overall, I will take careful steps to gender ambiguous names when it comes to male-male love stories. Unless it's written by a man, or suggested from an actual queer male who thinks it's showcasing queer men or women right, I'll pass. Was provided an e-copy from Netgalley
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
I have read quite a few books by this author in the past, but I have to say with each book that I read from them, I get more and more excited about their future works!!! This book is one that is so random and out there, it had me completely hooked once I started reading it. It felt like the pages couldn’t turn quick enough just because of everything that was happening during the course of the story. I think the story line of this book was just amazingly well done. I think that the author did an amazing job writing the characters, especially with Alex’s character since that character was so complicated. One thing that I have always enjoyed with this author is how they include the secondary characters into the story as well. All of the characters in the story were described equally, and they were all given their own spotlight. With Damon’s character, I give him mad props. And it was amazing what he did throughout the course of the book. If there would have been anyone else, I’m sure they wouldn’t have been able to handle what he was dealing with at the time. My only complaint about the book would be with how much was going on, it felt like at time there were certain parts of the story that were sped through, and other parts were dragged out. It didn’t affect the story that much; I was still able to enjoy it. Overall, I did enjoy this story immensely and I didn’t want it to end! Reviewed by Crystal for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for honest review*
Books_on_Silver_Wings More than 1 year ago
Review posted on Books on Silver Wings blog. Alex and Damon are in love and making progress to be married one day as man and woman. One visit to Alex's parents, however, caused Alex to be "static" or can't switch genders physically anymore. Damon doesn't know Alex is a "shifter" (of genders) so this is a shock and a stain on their relationship. Damon loves Alex but he's not gay, so how can they be together? I love the little details on how society is made for "static" people and the little tidbits on how society thinks that I've never thought about. For explain, it's much easier for people to accept a masculine female rather than a feminine male. The story is very valuable and provides a "safe" medium to explore and learn about the possibilities of transgender identity. The story idea itself is amazing. The  author's note at the end of the story explained where the idea came from and this exploration of human identity. Onto the story itself, I really connected with Alex and can sympathize with his situation of being possibly static for life. I can understand his stress, need for alcohol, and despair over a lost identity of self. On the other hand, Damon's ordeal with finding the woman he loves in the man is well written and very heartwarming. As a reader, I learn about gender identity and transgender identity through Damon's learning. I'm surprised that this book end up being so uplifting and hopeful when it can so easily be a dark and depressing story. Alex deals with  his psychotic family who tries to "fix" him, the inability to shift into a gender that matches what he identifies with in his mind, depression, and alcoholism on a daily basis. It's always a possibility for him to break down and commit suicide, but love always picks him up and gives him hope. In addition to that, there is a community that supports shifters of gender and shows their support of Alex in his time of need. Overall, this is an awe-inspiring story that presents an inside view of people who do not fit into society's neat boxes of gender definitions. This is a worth-while read and still manages to be a very romantic story with a broader message. *review copy received in exchange for an honest review*
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Eats u
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads over to him and tries to help him up. "You alright?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Jumps in behide a lot of trees" ughthey are to close together UGH "jumps out and almost lands in the camp. Crap i dont want to get anymore blood on me. Ugh puts swords away. 'An autobot female stairs from the woods with bright neon blue eyes'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You ok whitefeather
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't follow the character, very dissatisfied!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!