This story of the gathering romance between Kobe, a male alien, and Zuri, a female earth person, takes place out of space after weather-related causes..Show More » end most of the population on earth. Zuri and 2 male comrades are saved by Kobe and his people, since they are the remaining humans after others in their group are killed on the planet they landed on after escaping destroyed earth. There’s never an indication of date or time in history or the future. And planet names are not given, only names of different alien groups.
And, unfortunately, there is great monochromatic thinking in the author's perception of all things good vs all things bad in her very limited scope and imagination of the alien habitats and inhabitants. This was the worst aspect of the story. The second worst aspect was that—though the story was good, generally—small things didn’t hold together. These detracted from the story. Like, once Zuri and Kobe are alone on his planet, following a harrowing near-death experience, issues of them finding water, bathing, using the bathroom, and other basic necessities, beyond eating, or not really addressed at all. By the time water is addressed, they have been on the planet 2 or 3 days. During that same time, food is addressed, but not water. Not addressing bathing was strange since issues of Zuri smelling under her arm had been addressed by Kobe earlier while they were aboard Kobe’s spaceship. And, apparently, they never had to relieve themselves or deal with other bodily functions. I don’t mean that the author should've dwelled on these aspects, but those are some of the small things that would significantly contribute to someone’s experience of living off the land and trying to escape an unknown place. The author tried to address different struggles but almost totally ignored some of the basic struggles anyone would have to deal with and be effected by. Another example of the story not holding together was a point in the story when Zuri and Kobe were on land, at Finn’s (I can’t say who that is b/c of spoiler issues) friend’s house and then, all of a sudden, they were aboard a spaceship. I rewind the recording thinking I had missed a part of the story; at one point they were on land at a house and then they were aboard a ship. There was no indication regarding this change, this shift in their physical placement. Similarly, Zuri had a psychic power revealed early in the story. Later, near the end of the story, her power was shown to be much more than was ever hinted at or obvious prior to that point. And the change and increased psychic ability of Zuri was so huge that it appeared to come out of nowhere and be an addition to the story to meet a goal of the author. Therefore it was forced, false, unbelievable, and very contrived. Finally, the last negative is that Zuri’s two male comrades, the only other surviving humans, were basically forgotten until almost the end of the story. She was totally out for herself, and, until the ending of the story, they were barely even mentioned or shown any concern.
A good thing was just the general story, when you ignore the gaps, that is. And the romance was not forced and seemed organic; it was believable. There were 4 sex scenes. They were not remotely erotic, so I don’t know why this story was listed in the erotic section. It was basic intercourse with 2, I think, acts of brief fellatio. And there was no earthy or erotic language, nor was their great sensuality. The first sex scene was pretty quick and emotionless; the other 3 were a bit more but not by much. So it was nice to see Zuri and Kobe find their HEA. But it was not nice enough for me to seek out this author again.
I find the series entertaining. It's an interesting twist on a common theme, the Earth is destroyed and the people have left to go to distant planets...Show More » I read the books originally and when I saw they were out in audiobook I grabbed them of Audible also.
The books in the series are short, but are cheaper than a credit so I don't mind just buying them.
Only downside to the Unearthly World audiobooks I have found is the narrator. Cassandra Livingston leaves a lot to be desired mostly in the fact that there is almost no differentiation between character voices. And if it wasn't for the change in the pace of the words and the "he said " and "she said " parts, it would be hard to tell she had gone from the narrative part to a spoken line.
If you haven't already, check out the related "New World " series. Much better narrator.