The chemistry between these three men is undeniable, but is it enough to save Manhattan?
Imagine a world without hunger.
In 1960, a superfood was invented that made starvation a thing of the past. Manna, the cheaply manufactured staple food, is now as ubiquitous as salt in the world's cupboards, pantries and larders.
Nelson Oliver knows plenty about manna. He's a food scientist–according to his diploma, that is. Lately, he's been running the register at the local video rental dive to scrape together the cash for his outrageously priced migraine medication.
In a job fair gone bad, Nelson hooks up with copywriter Javier and his computer-geek pal Tim, who whisks them away from the worst of the fiasco in his repurposed moving truck. At least, Nelson thinks those two are acquainted, but they're acting so evasive about it, he's not sure how they know each other, exactly. Javier is impervious to Nelson's flirting, and Tim's name could appear in the dictionary under the entry for "awkward." And with a riot raging through Manhattan and yet another headache coming on, it doesn't seem like Nelson will get an answer anytime soon.
One thing's for sure, the tension between the three of them is thick enough to cut with a knife...even one of those dull plastic dealies that come in the package with Mannariffic EZ-Mealz.
The Starving Years is a must-read for fans of dystopian romance looking for scorching M/M/M chemistry in a fast-paced, page-turning adventure.
©2012 Jordan Castillo Price (P)2016 Jordan Castillo Price
I do not want to spoil anything so I will not go into any details. I loved this book when I read it and the audiobook is just as awesome. Jordan Castillo Price and Gomez Pugh make a great team. As one expects from a JCP novel, there are unique characters and interesting situations. It has a Soylent Green feel to it but as with all her novels there is a nice dash of romance and humor. I have been waiting for this release for some time and am not disappointed.
A MMM romance that depends on plot rather than graphic sex was a great treat. Truly enjoyed this story. I hope the author writes more long form stories like this.
Wisconsin's own Jordan Castillo Price has said that she likes to write speculative fiction in which one aspect of modern life is changed, and then ravel the story to show the effects of that one change on the world and people in it. She's done that very successfully in her terrific PsyCop series, and has done it again in The Starving Years.
Price also creates flawed, quirky, even possibly irritating characters, and makes them completely three-dimensional and lovable. The three protagonists, Javier, Nelson, and Tim, are fully realized, interesting individuals, as are several supporting characters.
The plot in this almost-recognizeable alt-NYC is dystopian, and yet many qualities of this world are quite recognizable, and Price uses the opportunity, as do many good writers of sci-fi, to make a few comments about contemporary society. What she does is imaginative, suspenseful, and entertaining.
Price's narrator of choice is Gomez Pugh, who (again) does a wonderful job with both female and male voices, various dialects, and distinct sounds for a variety of characters.
The novel's end seems to leave an opening to continue as a series. Here's hoping.
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. This book is a perfect example of people with different personalities and backgrounds working together. Throw in love, jealousy, mistrust, adventure, horror, humor, a conspiracy and of course, sex, and you get The Starving Years.
In the beginning I didn't like any of the characters but the more that I learned about them, the more I wanted to learn about them. I found myself liking all of the characters by the end, even if at times I found them annoying and very frustrating.
I am a major Gomez Pugh fan so I enjoyed all of the characters but I think that my favorite was Javier and his sexy accent.
I actually did listen to this book in one sitting or rather in one day. I listened while commuting to and from work and while I was working.
really enjoyed this book. was invested in the story and the characters. The ending felt like a train that ran out of track. everybody got off safe, but you can't help feeling if it just chugged along you would have seen something great. I still recommended it to a friend.
This story grabs you from the start and keeps going, right to - almost - the end. I loved the tech - none of it seemed far fetched. The alternating POV between the three main characters was well done, although some of the internal dialog of 'misunderstandings' could have been cut back. Good balance of plot to (hot, explicit) sex. Gomez Pugh does an incredible job with those sex scenes, too, especially with Javier. I disliked the Hispanic accent he gave a female character in the PsyCop series, but he definitely did good with Javier's accent and commanding voice.
My only complaint would be that the story seemed to suddenly end, as if there was a deadline the author had to meet so had to quickly wrap it all up. There's so much action in the first 99% of the book that the last chapter is a let-down. It wasn't quite an 'info-dump' because there was some showing rather than telling, but it was close. I just expected that a deep-pocket corporation that's supposed to be so powerful that it controls the government would be a little more aggressive and dangerous towards whistle-blowers.
"Needs to be a movie"
What to say about this audiobook..... Brilliant, excellent, gripping etc
The whole story was set so it seemed like reality. From the very first chapter the story flowed like watching a very good movie. The characters meshed together so well, each one having quirks and secrets that were revealed as time went on. I really loved the shift of each persons POV, I feel like I know all 3 of the main characters personally. Gomez Pugh and Jordan Castillo Price are a perfect match.
"Dark and gritty with top class narration"
Anyone who has ever listened to a Jordan Castillo Price audio book knows that JCP and Gomez Pugh are a winning team.
This story is set in the near future, New York.
A processed and fortified foodstuff called Manna is the meal of the day, every day. The whole world subsides on chemically flavoured processed alfalfa and there are only a handful of multinationals who produce the stuff, and cream the profits. So here we find Haktivist Tim, Journalist Javier and Food Scientist Nelson thrown together trying to find out what has been going on with Manna Production that is bad enough to cause riots. The subject matter is dark, gritty and believable. But in the darkness there is a three way romance between the men.
There is not as much sex as i've come to expect in a Jordan Castillo Price book, as its plot heavy, and honestly, after characters like Vic & Jacob, and Michael and Wild Bill, the characters in this book are not my favorite MCs. But the story is a well plotted, enjoyable ride, and ends with a HFN.
"Original witty story with thriller-style plot"
Well up with the best ones - the narrator is brilliant and the writer very skilful.
His slightly world-weary manner and his ability to convey character through sound as well as the written words is the third dimension you don't get from reading it yourself.
Gomez Pugh's narrations of the Psycop series are brilliant and what made me choose this book - I was not disappointed.
"ok but not as good as the Psycop books"
Real rating 2.5 but have rounded up. I really hated Tim, he was like a wet blanket.
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