Title: Human Omega: Discovered on the Slave Planet (Pykh #1)
Author: Eileen Glass and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: February 19th 2019
Genre(s): Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: 6 hrs
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
How does a bad day get worse, you ask? Well…
How about being squished between two huge, naked dudes with their meaty schlongs hanging out and everything?
It’s all a matter of opinion, but Carter’s day is going pretty badly. He’s an engineer captured by bug aliens, now depending on his large, muscled, naked cage mates for food and warmth. They seem sentient, so that’s good. But they’re also handsy. Which is…complicated.
The military isn’t looking for him. Slaves taken by the bug race never come back. Yet, Carter is very much alive, and if he wants to stay that way, he’ll need to trust Pykh and Siel, two affectionate aliens with claws, teeth, and size.
I had such a great time listening to this! Joel Leslie is sublime, with great character voices, timing, and pacing, and then he ups the ante with such perfectly timed humor.
This book made me laugh out loud so many times. The reaction of Carter, a human captured by an alien bug-like species, to his cage mates Siel and Pykh (who are also aliens, but picture 7 foot tall giant tabby cats with enormous quills down their heads and shoulders) and the way only Siel and Pykh are able to communicate with each other and how they’re all trying to understand what they’re saying is a blast.
I’m not going to lie, this isn’t my usual go-to genre, and I also don’t usually gravitate towards menage relationships, but I was really pleasantly surprised. The writing and narration drew me in and kept me glued.
Side note? Yes, this is a ménage “mates” relationship, but it’s not erotica, there is real relationship progression, not just sex, but good character development, and a nice twist on how Omegas are treated.
Multiple POV, sci-fi fantasy, alien romance, with great world and character building, lots of humor, and a cliffhanger ending.
Joel Leslie made this an absolute pleasure to listen to, and I definitely will be grabbing Human Omega: Trapped in the Alien Jungle (Pykh #2), because I absolutely need to know what happens next!