The Priest

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Like any man born on Ginecea, Mauricio is but a number to the pure breed women. Imprisoned since birth, one day he hears Rosie sing. He risks everything for one look at her and his life is changed forever. An impossible affection deemed sinful and perverted in a society where the only rightful union is between women. Love leads Mauricio to uncover a truth that could destroy Ginecea. More

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About Monica La Porta

Monica La Porta is an Italian who landed in Redmond, WA, several years ago. Despite popular feelings about the Northwest weather, she finds the mist and the rain the perfect conditions to write. Being a strong advocate of universal acceptance and against violence in any form and shape, she is also glad to have landed precisely in Washington State. Stop by her blog to read about her miniatures, sculptures, paintings, and her beloved beagle, Nero. Sometimes, she also posts about her writing.

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Review by: Angela Roquet on March 16, 2014 :
This was an interesting opening for Monica La Porta's Ginecean Chronicles....

On the planet Ginecea, women rule with an iron fist, and the men are all enslaved. While most of the men are used for field labor, a certain selection of them that pass the grade are used for breeding purposes, although only for more men and "fathered women", who are considered a lesser class that the "pure breeds" who go to the priestess to be impregnated via a mysterious ritual.

Mauricio is one of the slaves that makes the cut and is used for breeding. He longs to be among the other men working in the fields, and his lonely existence is pretty miserable... until Rosie, the pure bred daughter of the president, comes to the temple to become pregnant. Mauricio's curiosity leads to an unlikely and dangerous friendship, but it also leads him to a startling truth about the pure breeds that hold themselves so much higher than the rest of society.

This novel definitely had a Brave New World feel to it. It was tender and heartbreaking in places, but also thrilling and exciting at times. I'm usually into more humorous reads, but even as a more sober, thought-provoking novel, I really enjoyed this!
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