Though an unbalanced plot keeps readers from exploring it fully, Trevor’s bleak, dangerous dystopian world is an intriguing and imaginative one, and the colorful shifters and humans who populate it are fierce, passionate and powerful. The connections that these characters form feel genuine, but the lack of emotional insight and constant emphasis on the physical nature of their relationships keeps readers on the surface of their bond for much of the story, and the number of sex scenes considerably slows the pace of this otherwise inventive journey.

Thirty years after a meteorite destroyed civilization, humankind survives by bartering whatever skills or sexual prowess they possess. Bethany has survived thanks to her ability to channel electricity, but her life is a lonely one without her shifter brother. When Bethany rescues a shifter at an auction, the girl’s brother, Lucas, offers his body to Bethany in payment. He tells tales of a laboratory in the remains of California where shifters lie in captivity. Bethany knows she will risk anything to find her brother. But can Lucas keep her — and her remarkable powers — safe on the perilous journey? (LOOSE-ID.COM, dl $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bridget Keown