Aramus by Eve Langlais
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Grumpy Alpha Male Cyborg!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: ☹️🙃🥰😀
Narration Type: Solo Narration
The Hero: Aramus – a cyborg who hates humanity. Though he has good reason. He has been put through too much by humans and they are out to destroy all cyborgs so he feels he is justified in wanting to do the same to them. Aramus is a grumpy male even to his cyborg friends. He is a huge male and was one of the first cyborgs that became sentient when a solar flare damaged some of his circuits and he regained some feelings and some of his human memories.
The heroine: Riley – A forensic anthropologist, she was hired by ‘The Company’ to study the bones of some alien beings and soon found herself reporting to men she would rather not be around. When she tried to leave she was basically taken captive and moved off the planet to do her research, with threats to her family to keep her in line. She was also beaten whenever she didn’t do what she was told. She couldn’t bring herself to end her life, so she was stuck.
The Story: Aramus and a crew of cyborgs were told by fellow cyborg Seth, who disappeared, to go check out certain coordinates, where they found a lava filled planet barely able to sustain life. Inside a mountain, they found a facility. Many of the women they found were undernourished and brutalized by the men. Aramus found Riley there and also found his cyborg friend Avion, who was emaciated, chained to a wall and obviously tortured.
This story was told in Aramus’ point of view via solo narration. Narration was done by Logan McAllister and I didn’t really like the narration. It wasn’t bad, but I just didn’t like the cadence of his speech. It seemed fine when he did the voices of others, especially humans, so I think it was an affectation meant to be a more computer like voice of a cyborg. It just seemed a bit monotone to me.
I really liked Aramus. He was grumpy, blood thirsty and a huge alpha male cyborg. He is the kind of guy who shocked himself over and over in order to get used to getting shocked so if humans shocked him, he could recover quickly. Riley was the kind of human who saw a man and not a machine when she looked at Aramus and the rest of the cyborgs. I liked the struggle in this one, Aramus was so determined to keep hating humans for what has been done to him and other cyborgs, that he didn’t know what to do when he was so attracted to Riley.
“If you expect me to turn into a sappy, poetry spouting idiot, think again. I don’t do flowery speeches, I don’t give compliments and I don’t cuddle.”
“Then what are we doing now?”
“Preparing for round two.”