NSFW Book Review: Cloned by Ophelia Apex

Title: Cloned

Author: Ophelia Apex

Publisher: Ophelia Apex

Publication Date: Aug 17, 2020

Genres: Erotica, Science Fiction

Shelves: Female-authored, Female-fronted

This was a story that came to me with a very simple tease. “2nd person short story. You, a woman, having sex with your clone.” That was it. Nothing about the overall scenario, nothing about the author, just that tease. You know what? It was enough. At only 24 pages, I was sufficiently tempted to board the space station and relieve my isolation.

As it happens, Cloned was a decent little tale, a work of science fiction erotica with more background, setting, and emotional depth than I had anticipated. Ophelia Apex does a wonderful job of introducing our predicament, of explaining the how we ended up on DS6-399/SE, why we’re alone, and how mind-numbingly tedious cataloging asteroids can be. The anxieties and insecurities, the desperate longing for human contact contrasted with the fear of being seen as a failure, all ring true and set up the story nicely.

Even the act of cloning itself is nicely done, with just enough detail invested in the technology and ethics to make it seem plausible. There are, perhaps, some consequences that are glazed over, but understandable in the light of such physical need and emotional desperation. The way we’re introduced to our clone is just about my favorite part of the story, a sweet surprise full of nervous smiles and tentative touches that ensure heart and mind are never left behind in physical exploration. As for that erotic exploration, I loved the way it blended the joy of self-discovery with the thrill of uncovering a partner’s desires, getting to know ourselves better through getting to know another woman, who’s also the same woman, for the first time.

Going into Cloned I wasn’t so sure about the second-person perspective, but it may just be the only way to tell this story without becoming too intricate or confusing. It just worked – it felt entirely natural, and drew me deeper into the relationship. Altogether a pleasant surprise that more than satisfied my curiosity.

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀

My sincere thanks to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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