This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Ash Gray, Author. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Qorth by Ash Gray
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Source: Ash Gray, Author
Purchase at: Amazon
It is the year 3017 A. F., and Cameron is a neo-cowgirl living contently on her farm beside the sea in the dangerous, post-apocalyptic deserts of Arizona, a world where Earth has for the most part been swallowed by the rising sea levels after what became known as The Great Flood. Cameron survives the harsh life in the Outer Zone by casually shooting those scavengers who threaten and bully her. With biker gangs roaming the desert sands, the world has made her rough and ruthless, and it is her rough nature that nearly kills the gentle and compassionate alien who washes up near her farm. Through Qorth’s love, Cameron learns to soften her frayed edges. But will Qorth learn to engage in the casual cruelty that is his only key to surviving her world? Can beautiful things survive a cruel world?
This story, Qorth, is set in a post-apocalyptic world. Cameron lives in Yuma. Which is one of the two spots on Earth that survived the flood that wiped out most of humanity. Imagine it, 95% of the world is covered by water and Cameron is stuck in a desert. Talk about rough times. Not only is weather and access to resources a factor, there are biker gangs and outlaws that roam the area. Living alone has made Cameron resourceful. She has to farm her land, she also has to drive off those who try and take what they want. Be it her body, her land, or her staples. Her ruthless manner when dealing with others has created some serious enemies inside of the biker gangs.
Cameron has been on her own for a while and she knows that there is no one you can trust. When she sees a spaceship, and dying alien on the outskirts of her land, her first response is to shoot first. As she takes aim to kill the intruder before her, the alien, named Qorth, speaks to her – through her dog’s vocal cords. Freaky! Qorth was dying and he was using any means necessary to beg for help. She reluctantly decides to help him. Luckily Qorth was resourceful and had a nifty way to regenerate himself, through the use of a cocoon. How cool is that?!
Qorth as an alien is very similar to a human with the exception that he breathes through gill slits on the side of his waist and neck. He is able to breath air for short periods of time but he is unable to sustain himself without the use of a breathing apparatus. As he is an alien, he doesn’t speak English, in fact his language causes Cameron loads of pain. In order for them to communicate without him hijacking her dog’s vocal cords, Cameron had to agree to a translator chip. This chip had to be inserted under her skin but it does allow them to speak freely. There are so many little details like this that the Author pays attention to that really make the story feel realistic.
When Cameron and Qorth move past the initial stages of unease, mistrust, and a little bit of ooh la la, we learn more about Qorth’s culture and his reason for coming to Yuma. He is on a quest to see where the humans are in terms of being able to live together peaceably. His reasons for this quest will surprise you but I love where this story went! Qorth is a make love not war kind of alien but being in the Outer Lands he soon learns what true depravity is all about. He sees that not everything is black and white as he initially believed. He and Cameron must both come to terms with what they are willing to give up in order to be together.
I am a fan of science fiction and post-apocalyptic worlds so this story was perfect for me. Cameron’s character had me laughing out loud several times. The writing was witty, sarcastic, and did not hold back. One scene had me straight up heart broken. Qorth’s character was adorable. He was so sweet and his naivety made him down right hilarious. I loved the pairing of these two characters because they just make so much sense together. This is a book that I can say that I highly recommend!
*Thank you to Ash Gray for this complimentary copy of Qorth*