In the year 2081, our planet has survived global warming on an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded, Dr. Anthony Smith, along with the few survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the 21st century, he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene: the gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay, and all female children be born lesbians.
A new society was born.
In the year 2300 Dr. Smith's descendants are ushering in the 24th century, having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins, Aiya and Aiyan, are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems.
Love is love, it knows no gender and doesn't conform to restrictions or boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi, whom he will eventually marry. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over 200 years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.
©2013 TM Smith (P)2016 TM Smith
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"Interesting and compelling, great narration"
I have a (perhaps) unique perspective on this in that I listened to the novellas before the original novel. This helped me in that there are a LOT of characters and a LOT of world building going on – especially in the beginning. I can’t say I always kept track of who was who – I’m a far more visual person than auditory so my mind would wander a bit – but having the wonderful Greg Boudreaux narrating means that each character was unique and easily identifiable.
I found the concept of this story captivating and the romance(s) both really sweet and super sexy!
Usually I shy away from anything remotely “dystopian” as I tend to find them terribly pessimistic and dour, but this was almost like an entire other world and far less “doom and gloom” than the typical.
If you’re looking for a somewhat complicated, but rewarding and unique look at the future – and you really like some steam in your romances – this is the story (series) for you.
I think that listening to this is an amazing experience because Greg is such a tremendous performer. He really adds to the overall enjoyment by giving depth and emotion to the characters and making the story really pop up and feel multi-dimensional.
"Sexy post-apocalyptic romance."
Opposites is an erotic post-apocalypse story where to keep the world from over populating a scientist invented genes where people were born gay. The houses made matches, and inside those matches, births were chosen to assure a perfect world and keep the genes gay. But there is an anomaly called Opposites that was beginning to become more frequent.
Opposites a very intriguing story with a great concept. The characters are all interesting, and there are quite a few of them, as we meet the parents and the main characters of this story.
Greg Boudreaux or Tremblay is one of my very favorite narrators. If I see his name, it goes right on my wish list. He made, an already sexy story come to life and even hotter if that is at all possible.
But enough of my rambling...go buy a copy and listen for yourself!
If you like post-apocalyptic stories, a new world, prearranged marriages, and super sexy romance with some hot man-sex, you will love this!
"Good start to an unusual post-apocalypic mythology"
The narrator elevated what might have been a confusing storyline, with an extremely large cast of characters, by the judicious application of accents, including performing credible female voices.
The switch from an atmosphere where most of the characters displayed mindless acquiescence to the status quo to that of questioning their places in society and their own belief systems via a series of unexpected conflicts.
Another excellent performance, especially with the large cast. Each voice was reasonably unique and made following the narrative easy.
I found it easier to follow by listening to just a couple chapters at a time since much of the first half of the book was devoted to set-up, back story, and description.
"5 stars and a Top Recommendation for Opposites!"
Let me start off by telling you that I don’t normally read or listen to stories in the dystopian genre. I just have a really hard time getting into them, and usually find my attention drifting. With Opposites, that was so very not the case, and actually the…opposite…was true (sorry, couldn’t resist!). Take the world as you know it, where gays and lesbians are a clear minority, and reverse it—all the way to the point where heterosexual barely even exists. Can you imagine such a world? T.M. Smith did, and it is brought to life perfectly here in Opposites-so well in fact, that as you read it becomes very easy to become immersed in it and believe that somewhere this world really can be found.
This story is very much character driven, and those characters are as unique as the world in which they live. Their individuality is detailed and distinct, making them come alive in these pages…and the further into the story I got, the more wrapped up in them I became. Emotions between couples are clearly intense, and this shows not just in their interactions with each other-both in and out of the bedroom-but also with the other couples, families and other supporting characters. I was particularly drawn to Aiyan and Kaden as well as Raven and Tanis.
With Aiyan and Kaden, they are drawn to each other like powerful magnets from the moment they lay eyes on each other. Their match is unusually powerful, as is the relationship Aiyan shares with his twin sister Aiya. Aiyan and Kaden together define sensuality, and their intimate scenes are wild and a bit…destructive ;-)
When it comes to Raven and Tanis, angst and turmoil rules as Raven becomes torn between his duties and his feelings for Tanis, making their relationship especially tumultuous—and turning them into my favorite couple of this story even though much of this book is centered on Aiya, Aiyan, and their spouses.
With the drama introduced when the Opposites anomaly is thrown into the spotlight at House Gaeland, it sends events spiraling into unforeseen territory and you couldn’t have dragged me away from this story at any point (and heaven help anyone who might have thought about trying). In the end, we are left with questions and unrest, and it will have you desperately seeking the next book in the series just like I was.
While I might not normally care for this genre, Opposites blew that out of the water and was a 5-star read for me—and is my absolute top recommendation in the M/M dystopian genre (and the dystopian genre in general). I highly recommend this to any fan of LGBT romance in general, and if you’re a dystopian fan as well, then you’re going to be twice as happy. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and some very naughty sexual content.
Audiobook thoughts: Greg Boudreaux does a smashing job with the narration of this book. His character voices are distinctive and consistent throughout the story, and they are also consistent with the two novellas from this series that he also narrated, The Library and The Cellar. It’s the mark of a truly talented narrator when I can hear a character’s voice and know exactly who is speaking without having to be told in the story. He brings this world and these characters to life beautifully, making it very easy for me to clearly picture everything in my head. 5 stars for this performance, and this is one audiobook-and series-that I’ll be listening to again and again! *Note-I do suggest that you read the book before listening to it. There are a lot of character POV changes, and from my perspective it helped me to have a general idea of what was going on before listening.
"Absolutely the worst"
This is absolutely the worst book I ever tried to listen to in that it is utterly boring, repulsive, confusing and poorly written.
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