Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released, but not necessarily. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was originally hosted at Breaking the Spine.
My pick for this week is a kickass thriller about an archaeologist, his lost mother, an alien abduction, and a treasure hunt on a planet where women rule.
Title: Females of Vulvar
Author: J.K. Spenser
Publisher: Sage Knight Press Ltd.
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Shelves: Female-dominant, female-led
The first installment in the new dark fantasy science fiction series set on a planet called Vulvar, where females rule and all males are enslaved to serve them.
What if alien DNA was encoded in your genes and no one told you?
Archaeology professor Tobias Hart once would have laughed at such a notion.
Hart, orphaned as a small child when someone murdered his father and his mother disappeared without a trace, was reared by an aunt and uncle in upstate New York. Fortunately, after such a tragic beginning, Hart’s life is much improved these days. He’s recently completed a PhD at Princeton and received his first post in the academic world, a tenure-track appointment to teach at Stanford University. Hart is positive he is on his way to realizing his life’s dream, a tenured archaeology professorship at a prestigious university.
Until he stops in southwest New Mexico to visit a Native American archaeology site on his way to the West Coast. There Hart’s life takes a most unexpected and dramatic turn.
Camping overnight near some ancient cliff dwellings, Hart glimpses an alien spacecraft moments before the aliens abduct him. Soon he finds himself a captive on a strange, dystopian and barbaric planet where females rule and all males are slaves.
As he struggles to figure out who abducted him and why, Hart becomes party to a shocking reunion with someone he hasn’t seen in over thirty years, his mother. She reveals that Vulvar is her home planet, and that Hart is half Vulvarian. Next she tells him the most disturbing thing of all. Over her objections, the powers that be have brought Hart to the alien world for use as breeding stock.
Like all males on the planet Vulvar, Hart quickly finds himself enslaved, the property of a beautiful but ruthless Mistress. Just as Hart despairs and contemplates ending his own life over being used as a breeding animal and the other realities of the harsh life his captors have imposed on him, they offer him an opportunity to win his freedom.
The group of physical, absentee Vulvarian divine entities need someone to find and recover a valuable ancient artifact. Because of his education and experience as an archaeologist, they deem Hart the only being on Vulvar qualified for the undertaking. The problem is they believe the artifact is hidden in the most remote and dangerous region on the planet. If Hart accepts the mission, he may not live to complete it. But, if he finds and recovers the artifact, the deities promise to return him home to Earth as a reward.
Hart desperately wants to return home. He wants his life back. But with such an infinitesimal chance of success, is the opportunity at freedom they offer worth dying for?