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Imagine a world without hunger.
In 1960, a superfood was invented that made starvation a thing of the past. Manna, the cheaply manufactured staple food, is now as ubiquitous as salt in the world's cupboards, pantries and larders.
Nelson Oliver knows plenty about manna. He's a food scientist–according to his diploma, that is. Lately, he's been running the register at the local video rental dive to scrape together the cash for his outrageously priced migraine medication.
In a job fair gone bad, Nelson hooks up with copywriter Javier and his computer-geek pal Tim, who whisks them away from the worst of the fiasco in his repurposed moving truck. At least, Nelson thinks those two are acquainted, but they're acting so evasive about it, he's not sure how they know each other, exactly. Javier is impervious to Nelson's flirting, and Tim's name could appear in the dictionary under the entry for "awkward." And with a riot raging through Manhattan and yet another headache coming on, it doesn't seem like Nelson will get an answer anytime soon.
One thing's for sure, the tension between the three of them is thick enough to cut with a knife...even one of those dull plastic dealies that come in the package with Mannariffic EZ-Mealz.
The Starving Years is a must-read for fans of dystopian romance looking for scorching M/M/M chemistry in a fast-paced, page-turning adventure.
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By Paula on 08-09-16
JCP hits another home run!
Wisconsin's own Jordan Castillo Price has said that she likes to write speculative fiction in which one aspect of modern life is changed, and then ravel the story to show the effects of that one change on the world and people in it. She's done that very successfully in her terrific PsyCop series, and has done it again in The Starving Years.
Price also creates flawed, quirky, even possibly irritating characters, and makes them completely three-dimensional and lovable. The three protagonists, Javier, Nelson, and Tim, are fully realized, interesting individuals, as are several supporting characters.
The plot in this almost-recognizeable alt-NYC is dystopian, and yet many qualities of this world are quite recognizable, and Price uses the opportunity, as do many good writers of sci-fi, to make a few comments about contemporary society. What she does is imaginative, suspenseful, and entertaining.
Price's narrator of choice is Gomez Pugh, who (again) does a wonderful job with both female and male voices, various dialects, and distinct sounds for a variety of characters.
The novel's end seems to leave an opening to continue as a series. Here's hoping.
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By Mandy ryder on 09-12-16
Needs to be a movie
What to say about this audiobook..... Brilliant, excellent, gripping etc
The whole story was set so it seemed like reality. From the very first chapter the story flowed like watching a very good movie. The characters meshed together so well, each one having quirks and secrets that were revealed as time went on. I really loved the shift of each persons POV, I feel like I know all 3 of the main characters personally. Gomez Pugh and Jordan Castillo Price are a perfect match.
By Redbird on 08-26-16
Dark and gritty with top class narration
Anyone who has ever listened to a Jordan Castillo Price audio book knows that JCP and Gomez Pugh are a winning team.
This story is set in the near future, New York.
A processed and fortified foodstuff called Manna is the meal of the day, every day. The whole world subsides on chemically flavoured processed alfalfa and there are only a handful of multinationals who produce the stuff, and cream the profits. So here we find Haktivist Tim, Journalist Javier and Food Scientist Nelson thrown together trying to find out what has been going on with Manna Production that is bad enough to cause riots. The subject matter is dark, gritty and believable. But in the darkness there is a three way romance between the men.
There is not as much sex as i've come to expect in a Jordan Castillo Price book, as its plot heavy, and honestly, after characters like Vic & Jacob, and Michael and Wild Bill, the characters in this book are not my favorite MCs. But the story is a well plotted, enjoyable ride, and ends with a HFN.