Saturday, 29 August 2015

Review: The Future of Sex by Lexi Maxxwell

The Future of Sex by Lexi Maxxwell

In the hyperconnected and artificial-intelligence-enhanced future, sex is like a cyberpunk video game: a realm where no desire is left unexplored, and even the unimaginable is possible.

In the year 2063, the civilized world exists only within the North American Union, walled off by a defensive shell called the Lattice, protected from the barbarian East and rising sea levels while life goes on in a hyper-stimulated dystopia. Life inside the NAU is overseen by the Crossbrace network, soon to be supplanted by the next-gen AI of an arriving entity called "The Beam." And sex -- which hosts a bevy of technological wonders within its toolset (nanobots, bodily enhancements, computer-simulated immersive porn) has been turned into a commodity, diverted away from humanity and toward profit.
The monolithic O corporation has mainstreamed sexuality through social engineering and political manipulation -- not in order to legitimize it, but to advance its own market share. O is in search of the elite to please the NAU's wealthiest and most demanding men and women -- true to its mission to strive toward "the future of sex." Among those recruits is Chloe Shaw: new, green, and downright inexperienced. But as it turns out, Chloe has a gift that even far-seeing O doesn't suspect. She's a prodigy for sure … but will her abilities prove to be more than even O can control?
The Future of Sex takes place within the world of The Beam, a groundbreaking sci-fi serial by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. This cyberpunk trip down the rabbit hole straddles the line as a hybrid science fiction / erotica series, and as such contains explicit sex scenes.

My Thoughts:
I love new technology but don't normally read erotic titles, however there was something about the description and the science fiction tie in that attracted me to this title. The amazon sample confirmed it, this was a book which I had to read and I am pleased to say I wasn't disappointed.

The description states clearly that this story takes place in Sean Platt's and Johnny Truant's Beam world. Not having read any of the Beam titles I chose to read The Beam: Season One first and whilst not strictly necessary it did give me a better understanding of the backdrop against which the story took place.

I enjoyed this story immensely, it felt fresh and original but similar to a pilot for a Tv-series it ended with a cliff hanger. It was a quick read and the first of a series. Given the books each contain only 62 pages each I would have preferred a longer book containing more episodes.

What I don't like is the sales model, publishing a book in parts (or episodes) and bundling later into complete books (or seasons). The Future of Sex is published in 4 parts.

(Review copy gratefully received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Highly recommended as a quick read.

Format: Kindle Edition
Publisher: Lexi Maxxwell (7 May 2015)

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