Strain

Strain

by Amelia C. Gormley
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Strain 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 9 hours ago
Good read. Good character interactions . Emotional .
StarrBear 6 months ago
NOTE: This book contains medium to heavy aspects of BDSM, the m/m breeding kink, and some pretty heavy dub con, bordering on non con (dubious consent, non consent). There is a strong power imbalance between the two main characters, both physically and socially. This book also has mentions of rape and sexual assault. Reader discretion is advised. The author would do well to mention some of these things up front before the story starts, so readers know what they're getting into. That being said! Amelia C. Gormley has made a fan out of me in just one book. There are few things I love more than zombie outbreak fiction and character driven stories, and this book is both. Gormley's characters are all brilliantly rounded and developed, and not just the main characters, Rhys and Darius. Well... Father Maurice and Jacob were kind of flat and cartoonishly evil, and I would have liked to see more behind their motivations, but otherwise, superb character development. I loved the supporting cast as much as Rhys and Darius, and I love that Delta Company is made up of several races and orientations. Xolani is Persian, Jamie is a trans man, Darius is black, and Kaleo--I believe--is Samoan. Gormley does a great job of making these traits known without coming out and just saying them in the narration. She uses dialogue, exposition, and description to get these things across. Wonderfully done. I do wish I'd known that this book is basically the second book in the series. Don't get me wrong, it reads alone just fine! Everything was explained, and those explanations were integrated into the story without being too distracting, but I like to read stuff in order. But the few cons I have mentioned did not dampen my enjoyment of this book in the slightest. It's 290 pages on my Nook,. I'm a slow reader and I devoured it in just under a week. Already picked up another book of Gormley's and am eager to start reading it tonight!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a little twisty with the mutatuons, explainations, and odd story line. But, it kept my interest and entertained.
silly_stardust More than 1 year ago
Excellent world building and story development in this great M/M post-apocalyptic novel from Gormley. The Strain is a thoughtful and engaging plot around the Delta Company and their commander Darius that discovers a potentially infected young man Rhys. Having to have sex to live could be a difficult proposition for some readers as it feels non-consensual or at best dubiously consensual. I found it to be a great exploration of a relationship that focuses on the power differential between characters. I loved Rhys and liked Darius a lot. I would love to see more novels in this universe as there are other great characters to explore.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Strain is a book that is going to engender very different responses from readers as some will find its numerous sexual encounters off-putting while others will find its storyline unique and thought-provoking. I'm one of those readers who found it a compelling read that was gritty and darkly atmospheric in its handling of morality, compassion, sexuality, amidst a dystopian world where the lines between right and wrong aren't always clear. For the young man Rhys, who's led a very sheltered life because of a virus unleashed on the world, his introduction to a group of genetically enhanced soldiers changes him and his life forever. After being emotionally and physically abused by religious zealots for his sexuality, the sexual abandon that's the only thing that might keep him from getting infected leaves him confused but still drawn to the Unit's leader Darius. Rhys sees a savior and protector in him and wants nothing more than to stay by his side. With the possibility of becoming infected looming, along with the issue of their age difference, and the threat from a traitorous religious zealot, their time together might end before it begins. Rhys is an immensely likable character who deals with pain in a stoic manner and is loyal to a fault. He just wants to be loved and cared for in a world that's broken and this desire is a bright spot amongst the darkness. Darius has become jaded after all the blood, death, and hopelessness he's seen. He's a hardened man not always good at knowing what to say. In Rhys he sees a fighting spirit that's inspiring and reminds him of what he's fighting for. Knowing that the virus might kill Rhys yet has Darius holding back at first but before long the connection he feels for him can't be denied as his possessive nature takes over. In a world where life can end at any time, the feelings they have for each other are the one bright spot and had me rooting for them every step of the way. Ms. Gormley's written a thought-provoking and darkly atmospheric read that's vivid in its world-building and kept me enthralled from the start. The characters are compelling with each unique in their personalities that leaves room for more stories to be told. The sexual interludes are numerous with the reasons for this being cleverly woven into the storyline. Some of the scenes are questionable in the consent so readers who have issues with that are forewarned. No matter what though, the scenes are hot and as Rhys and Darius get closer the scenes take on a more tender vibe. There's a definite villain to the story and he lives up to that title as I felt like booing him every time he came on the scene. With so many good aspects to this story, my only complaint is that it's a bit long with a middle section that dragged. On a whole though, I applaud Ms. Gormley for her cleverly crafted story that seamlessly combined steamy sexual encounters with an intriguing and thought-provoking sci-fi storyline that I long to read more about in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At one point in my life I thought The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie was the worst book I had ever read. This one beats it by a mile. It is just plain stupid. Amelia Gormley, get a new job.