Title: Down Under
Author: Tam Ames
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press July 2013
Blurb: The year 2089 finds Australia split between east and west, with a wall to ensure the east stays safe. College student Aiden Taylor is traveling from Perth to Sydney to see Men at Work, who have been revived after cryogenic freezing. Regrettably, only days into his trip, his moped is stolen—and then he meets a naked man from the east. The man turns out to be Matthew King, who offers Aiden a ride—no strings attached—all the way to Sydney.
When another attack occurs the following night, Aiden discovers Matthew’s impossible secret: he’s a were-kanga. At least that gives them something to talk about when they experience delays at the wall. One thing leads to another, and soon friends with benefits turns into something more. But when the summer is over, Aiden must return to school in Perth. How can he leave Matthew behind?
Review: What an interesting book. There is quite a lot going on in this book along with a very cute, funny love story. The world the author has come up with is extremely intriguing and I wanted more of it. I thought it was incredibly creative and felt new. I like the small glimpse we are given into a society that was both dystopian in feel, and with the were-kanga, shifter. I know very little about Oz and the landscape, but again the author gave me just enough description to have me in the story, in the campsites, on the road, in the city. I liked all the different layers behind the love story.
The love story itself was incredibly fun. Aiden is funny and vibrant with goals and dreams that the young have without the fear of failure…until everything goes wrong. I mean everything. He is a beautiful combination of naive and fearless, but also quivering in his boots. The chance he takes when Matthew bounds in on the scene to save his skin, is reckless. But I couldn’t stop reading.
I wrote out a list. Never go on a great adventure on a moped. Never camp alone. Never let a naked were-kanga into your tent. Okay maybe the last one…because Matthew was Aiden’s saving grace. The snarky and funny relationship with the flaming hot smexy-time scenes were great.
I loved how Matthew underestimated his family. I loved how Aiden’s mom was worried sick. I loved the two of them figuring out this crazy relationship together.
If there were any complaints it would be that I wanted more world building and a larger scope of interaction with the problems they faced. It’s never a bad thing to want more from an author. So bring on more were-kanga and mutant Aussies. I’m in.
Reviewed by Beans
Posted on August 5, 2013, in Beans and tagged Australia, Beans, Camping, College, College Student, Coming Out, coming-of-age, Crazy Family, DSP, fantasy, First Love, futuristic, Glow in the Dark Love, In the Future, M/M, Music, Oz, Perth, Radioactive, Road Trip, romance, sci fi, Shifter, Stranded, Supernatural, Sydney, Were-Kanga, world building. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.