In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”-the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…
Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy co-existence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion-and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities-or sacrifice everything for taste of darkest temptation.
Slave to Sensation is the first book in Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series and I was quite keen on starting it. I loved Singh’s Guild Hunter series, so I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be disappointed. And, happily, I was right.
I love the premise of this book! It’s set in a sort of parallel universe in the year 2079. There are basically three races: humans, Changelings, and the Psy. The Changlings and the Psy are pretty interesting. They are the complete opposite of one another. The Psy are cold, calculated, and emotionless, while the Changlings are emotional, spontaneous and touchy feely. They’re no pushovers, mind you. Once upon a time, the Psy did have emotions. However, they didn’t appear to handle them too well and there were a crap load of violent crimes being committed by the Psy. So in an attempt to prevent this from happening, Psy leaders decided that the best thing to do would be to strip the Psy of their emotions. Thus began the programme of Silence. Children are systematically indoctrinated to feel nothing, until most Psy can no longer remember what it was like to feel.
Most of the Psy don’t feel. But, as with most things, there are exceptions. Those exceptions are sent to be rehabilitated, a process that basically strips them of their identities. Unsurprisingly, there are very few people who willingly ‘fess up that they’re “defective”. One such Psy is Sascha Duncan. Sascha has always known she was different from the other Psy, but with a mother on the ruling Psy Council she’s never dared to let even the smallest crack show through. That is until she meets the ridiculously yummy Lucas Hunter. I would just like to take a moment here to go W.O.W. Seriously, this guy was smokin’ hot. Whew! Moving on. Lucas is a shifter (he turns into a panther) and he’s an Alpha. And he’s on a mission: he’s out to find the evil SOB that killed a member of his pack. The Changlings are convinced that it’s a Psy committing the murders and that the Psy Council are covering it up. That’s where Sascha comes in. Lucas is hoping that he can use her to find out what the Council knows. But as these two get to know each other, Lucas realises that deep beneath that icy facade is a person capable of a whole lot of emotion. And Sascha realises that likes the feelings that Lucas stirs up in her, and she wants more. Things progress as normal from there…
I liked the world that Singh is building here more than I actually liked the main characters, Sascha and Lucas. Don’t get me wrong, they were fine. But the world building was better. I cannot wait to read the next book and find out what’s the what!
P.S: How hot is that guy on the cover? Holy smoke!
Cheapest place to get this book will be at Foyles.