Author: J. Hepburn
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: November 9th 2016
Rating: 2/5. Stars
Diversity: LGBT Characters
TW: character death, road accidents, slurs (reclaimed d slur), talk of lesbians having sex with men/bi erasure (depending on how you see it)
Summary: When riders die, somebody needs to watch and remember, so nobody has to die alone. Some of those who die perform this service for others, moving from town to town to bear witness wherever they are needed. It is a lonely existence, even when the camaraderie is strong, and the urge to find companionship and more among the living can be overwhelming. When Alexia lets herself fall prey to that urge, she becomes involved in darkness even she cannot recognize, and discovers she has a much more important duty than she had realized…
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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is an urban fantasy story with quite some mythology and an interesting set up. Not wanting to pass on into the afterlife, a group of Bikers travel through America, some incomprehensible feeling softly guiding them to were they need to go. But despite their companionship the need to mingle with the living is still there and when Alexis does just that and meets Lauren, a hot biker girl, her afterlife gets quite a bit more complicated.
This story is quite hard to understand at first, but in the end it will make a bit more sense. The mythology is only explained quite late, which made it hard for me to keep up at times. There was a lot of talk about an itch (the urge to find the place where something will happen) and the grey (a special after-life place where the chosen bikers spend some of their time), but it takes quite some time to actually understand what these things are about and how they quite work. I definitely wish there had been some more world building.
Alexia is an interesting character and her fellow bikers are also quite well portrayed. I also liked Lauren and even though I know very little about bikes, the descriptions were quite nice and I enjoyed reading it.
I didn’t necessarily like the lack of information and the speculative fiction part didn’t always work that well for me, but it was still interesting. There was also some parts were Lauren describes her sexual activity, calling herself a d*ke, yet she likes to sleep with men and they were quite crude and I didn’t like them at all. Especially since the author is male I wasn’t at all comfortable with the way these things were described.
Overall I found the story nice, but it didn’t really work for me that well.