I picked up Breeding at the End of the World, hoping to see what Reyer's erotica could do with a sci-fi setting as backdrop. I was pleasantly surprised to find sex and romantic ties binding not just two lovers, but an entire group of people.
In her post-apocalyptic future, mankind struggles against a mysterious alien threat. The survivors are all huddled in specialized living quarters. With the outside world a hostile place, one would think that existence would be pretty grim.
That's where this story surprised me. Reyer's characters have each other, and that makes all the difference, even in a world where survival is the chief obsession. The way the heroine and her group of men come together to breed doesn't smack of awkwardness at all. They have recognized their human duty, but their strong history together means that they can breed with fun and feeling.
That's exactly what happens in this book. The author excels at giving vivid and touching faces to every man involved in this group sex extravaganza with their sole woman, particularly the relationship between Greg and Jean.
I enjoyed this sultry futuristic novelette and recommend it to anyone with a taste for breeding. Breeding at the End of the World shows us that lust, love, and humor can rise from the gray ashes of a burned out world.
(reviewed the day of purchase)