Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.
Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.
To save her father from a five-year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.
Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.
This Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast contains adult situations
and is only suitable for readers who are 18+
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance
Author: Rita Stradling
Publisher: Kindle Press
This was… wow. Definitely one of the better stories that got to me in 2017, and… just a unique and entertaining read. I immediately clicked with the writing style and loved how quickly I was immersed in the story. The sci-fi adaptation of Beauty and the Beast was beautifully told, I thought. For a second, I’d forgotten that it was such a thing, which made me appreciate the story even more when small references or similarities would come up. Otherwise, it stood as a fascinating story all on its own, constantly making me think about certain aspects of my favorite childhood fairy tale while regaling the scenes. I was taken with Alainn and Lor. They were both complex characters and in the beginning, my mind couldn’t sit still, always wondering what would happen.
The set-up was definitely weird but great at the same time, one of those ridiculous situations that you can’t help but want to watch til the very end. The romance was a little fast-paced for me, but it worked with the pacing of the story overall, and with the way Al and Lor were, I honestly thought it fit them quite well. The additional characters were interesting, and the thought of AI and other machines having an ounce of what it means to be human was a good back drop to the main idea of Ensnared.
I definitely enjoyed this and consider it a favorite of 2017. It was pretty funny, outrageously so with AI’s dry humor and utter sarcasm. I loved Lor’s reluctance to rejoining the world, digging up the courage to do things he’d been raised to abhor. The supporting characters were pretty good as well, certainly enough to make me want to throw my kindle across the room during certain… altercations. Overall, a loose adaptation that I think you’ll find uniquely entertaining.