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Slave to sensation is the first book in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series.
The books are set in a futuristic parallel universe. There are three races, humans, psy and changelings.
Changelings are shapeshifters and the psy are like psychic humans.
The Psy have detached themselves from their emotions and are a cold, emotionless race who train their children not to feel anything. They are leaders in business and politics and have a lot of power in the world.
The changelings vary depending on what kind of animal they turn into. Changelings are a warmer race, that thrive on touch and effection. They are often physically stronger than the psy. They live in packs.
Plot and characters:
This book focuses on Sasha and Lucas. Sasha is a cardinal, one of the most powerful types of psy, from a powerful psy family. Lucas is the leader of a pack of panthers.
Lucas and Sasha are both contracted to work on a project building houses but they each have alterior motives. Lucas is trying to infiltrate to the Psy to catch a serial killer, Sasha is trying to learn more about the changelings.
Sasha has a defect; she feels emotion. In order to survive a fate worse than death (being re-trained to not feel emotion) she has to hide the fact that she feels. However, Lucas brings out stronger emotions in her and he is feeling a strong attraction to her.
I loved this book.
This is by far one of the best new paranormal romances I have read this year.
There were a number of factors that combined to make this book excellent; the writing style, the characters, the world building, the plot and of course the romance.
Singh is an excellent writer. She writes in a way that brings the book to life, that makes you actually able to visualise what is happening.
I really liked the characters in the book and while that is simply a matter of personal preferance, I happen to like strong female characters and hot alpha male characters, there is no denying that they're very well written. Her characters while not human are completely believable. It's easy to relate to them.
The world building was amazing. What i really liked was that it was a combination of science fiction and fantasy. It's set in a future where there's new technologies but it also has fantasy characters from other races. I thought that worked really well.
There didn't seem to be any faults in her world building, no slip ups or things that didn't make sense.
I thought that plot to this book was really good. It was kind of like a detective book in that there were clues about who the murderer was and you could try to guess. It crossed a lot of different genre's, fantasy, science fiction, crime and romance and I really liked that.
I would highly recommend this book. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and you will not be able to put it down.
The only thing that stopped me from feeling sad when I finished this book is that it's the first in a series.