Review: Human Rights by S.L. Armstrong

October 9, 2014 Review 0

Review: Human Rights by S.L. Armstrong

After landing in the pound after being abandoned by yet another family, Ewan is convinced he's too old to be adopted out again. For a pet like him, the only fate left is to be put down. But when Sir Jiat—of the City Guard, no less—visits the pound, he goes straight to Ewan. Jiat prefers the more mature pets and treats Ewan better than he's ever been treated by any previous owner. Ewan sleeps at the foot of his master's bed, not on the floor or outside; he is given toys and other pets to play with and plenty of room to run; and he's fed on a schedule and eats very well. But Ewan's love for his master begins to change, to become something else, something more.

Plenty of pets have been killed over the years for acting on the feelings that Sir Jiat inspires, so he dares not express the desire building inside him. And yet, Ewan can't help but notice that Sir Jiat has begun to act differently as well, more doting, treating Ewan almost as an equal. So even though the thing he wants more than anything is also their society's greatest taboo, Ewan resolves that if he must die, he will die having felt, just once, the warmth of Sir Jiat's soft fur pressed against his bare naked skin.

Title: Human Rights
Author: S. L. Armstrong
Published by Storm Moon Press
Source: Publisher
Published: August 29, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 80
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

When I first read the blurb on this I was intrigued.  A world ruled by felines and canines and humans as pets.  It was an interesting premise and I wanted to read more.  It was well worth the read.

It was a most interesting commentary on the subjugation of a sentient species.  This story has something to think about, if you take the time to really look at what it is all about.  OR it is just a sweet love story.  It depends on how one wants to look at it.

I found myself feeling everything that Ewan felt, whether it was the subjugation and humiliation, or the joy and love, or something in between.  It was all there.  The emotional roller coaster ride with Ewan was breathtaking.  From the depths of profound despair to the highs of joyous love and back again.

The fact that Ewan’s master, Sir Jiat, was a different species added an entirely different dynamic to the story and gave me even more to think about.  The right or wrong of the entire situation.  I respected Sir Jiat for his convictions.

Although the story ended on a sweet happy ever after, the journey to get there was perilous.  There were some points that could have been fleshed out a bit more, but overall, this was a lovely story that I thoroughly enjoyed and will think about for a while.


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