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Slave Trade
Susan Wright
Pocket Star, 352 pages


Art: David Stevenson
Slave Trade
Susan Wright
Susan Wright writes science fiction novels and non-fiction books on art and popular culture. New York City is her home, where she lives with her husband Kelly Beaton. After graduating from Arizona State University in 1986, Susan moved to Manhattan to get her masters in Art History from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.

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Slave Trade by Susan Wright introduces us to Rose Rico, a woman with a chip on her shoulder. Rose lives in Mexico in a post-apocalyptic Earth where people just disappear regularly. Rose learns that her mother and the rest of the World Council have entered into an arrangement with aliens called the Domain. In return for technology, Earth provides slaves -- innocent human lives. Through treachery, Rose finds herself in a cube hurtling through space as a slave.

Solians, as humans are called by the Domain are greatly desired as pleasure slaves. It would seem as though the aliens of the Domain have lost the ability to be spontaneously sexual. They have lust cycles that are dictated by the race of the alien. Solians are able to be sexual at any time and this makes them ideal as sexual slaves.

Rose is not happy with her enslavement and does everything she can to escape. Lucky for Rose, she meets Ash, a hir and hermaphrodite slave. Together, they have a chance at freedom, but have no idea what to do once they are free.

The Domain has enslaved many different worlds. One world that is trying to fight back is Qin. Qin is mired in political apathy that seems insurmountable. S'jen, a Qin battleship captain has decided the time is ripe for the Qin to strike directly at the Domain. This strike places Rose and Ash together and changes the entire tactics of the Qin.

The Domain, Qin, and the Solian slaves begin a war that takes many prisoners and has a huge cost in life. Nothing will ever be the same for Rose and all her comrades.

Slave Trade is an interesting read, but does not contain any titillating sexual encounters. They story is more of a space-opera/action adventure in genre. The beginning of the book is a bit on the boring side as each player is meticulously introduced and we are given a glimpse into their motivations. Once the action starts, things get interesting.

Copyright © 2004 Alisa McCune

Alisa discovered science fiction at the tender age of eight. She devoured The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and never looked back. She lives in Chicago with her husband, cat, and 5000 books. For more information please visit her website at alisaandmike.com.


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