||Port Town Publishing
||Jul 1 2003
What would it be like to live in a world where paper is outlawed, and a citizen can be put in jail for using one single piece?
It’s 2416, and the world is completely electronic. Libraries remain, but in electronic form. The books of the 21st century are locked away in a high tech government vault. Everyone learns, communicates, and sends messages via Mind Effacers; tiny mechanisms invented and patented by the government. Citizens live safely inside invisible, city sized domes.
Even worse? Sex has been outlawed. Babies come from “the bottom of a long glass tube,” and human sexual contact—touching, feeling—has become a thing of the past.
Fortunately, a small faction of rebels opposes the government control. Their agenda? Restore the paper factories—and the barbaric atrocity known as human sexuality.
Shawnee Walters, the head of the North American Mind Efface program (N.A.M.E.), is hired to hunt down and prosecute the mutineers. On one spring day, barely a year into office, the infamous rebel leader Michael Che drugs Shawnee, kidnaps her, and takes her to a village hidden in the Rocky Mountains. The handsome dissident shocks her with revelations about the people behind the cause, the real problem with the 25th century society, and his own, earth-shattering secret; one that will change the future of the world.
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“You’ve softened since we first met.”
Shawnee laughed, partly in relief, partly because she had succeeded in throwing him off the track. “We never met. You kidnapped me.”
“Yes, and you’ve released a great deal of anger over that. I’m pleased.”
“Well, I am not pleased. My purpose for visiting the libraries was because here, on the prairie, I have no way of recording information, since you have taken that from me.”
He leaned back, never taking his eyes off her. “Hmmm. There is a solution. A simple one.”
She knew what he was getting at before he ever finished speaking. Shawnee shook her head. “You have required much of me; things that I thought I could never do. But this, I cannot agree to. It would violate a sacred trust.”
“Would it? It’s a simple piece of parchment and a writing implement.”
Shawnee flushed and flew out of the chair. It nearly tipped over with her haste to stand. She glared at him as she stomped her foot. “I cannot use a pen or paper! I have never known anything other than the Mind Effacer!"
Michael sighed, and his jaw clenched with his effort to control himself. Shawnee stiffened when he dragged his chair next to hers and ran a finger down her silky cheek. “Just like...you’ve never known what it feels like to have a man touch you?”
Shawnee’s mind screamed that she should move away, but she could not. Just like in the dream...
His finger traced her trembling lips. “I’m sure that lots of twenty-fifth century men have the same impulses I’m having right now. Men are still men, especially when they’re around a beautiful woman like you. I told you last night that I know, deep down, you want me. Well, it goes both ways. It’s a fact of life that you need to accept.”
She tightened her lips as she took a step backward. “I accept nothing. Stop it!”
Michael’s eyes hardened with his rising frustration, and he grabbed her arms before she could retreat further.
“Think! Your ancestors didn’t believe that the touch between a man and a woman was evil. You know why? Because the Shawano tribe of Tecumseh’s time was right! But you don’t follow all the ways of your people, your tribe, and your heritage. Instead, you follow the laws and rules of people born centuries after Tecumseh’s death, government officials who violated everything the Shawano stood for. The Shawano loved, in body, not just in spirit. Children were conceived and born, and ceremonies took place whenever a new life entered this world in the perfect, natural way Nature intended. Shawnee, you told me last night that you have pledged your beautiful mind and body to living by the old ways; the ways Tecumseh and his brother adhered to. I, for one, think that’s great! So tell me this, babe. Why is it now wrong for a man and woman to wrap their bodies around one another and move in a sensuous, writhing rhythm for procreation and for pleasure? It wasn’t wrong when the men you most admire—and have modeled your life after—did it! I ask you again, why it is wrong now?”
A bloodcurdling scream blasted from Shawnee’s throat. She wrenched her arm from his grip and bolted toward the door. He caught her before she could whip the portal open.
“Undulating passion is not wrong, Secretary,” he gritted as his eyes flashed with sudden anger. “I’ll tell you what’s barbarian—not touching or feeling. You think it’s wrong because someone told you it was wrong. Well, let me tell you different. I was lucky enough to make love to a woman and, if I were to die right now—without ever seeing another sunset or taking another early morning stroll—I would do so a happy man. And do you know why? Because the part of my body that makes me a man has been wrapped in a woman’s intimate sheath, and I can promise you that it causes sensations that no one in your civilized world ever dreamed of! No one should willingly give up such ecstasy because the government says so! What you have now is nothing short of criminal!”
Shawnee shook so hard that her teeth chattered. Yet despite her sudden fear, she raised her chin in defiance as he continued.
“Paper, books and writing sound barbaric to you, I know, and physical intimacy between a man and a woman is even more archaic. Well, guess what, baby? Whether you want to admit it or not, people in the twenty-fifth century are still reading books, and they are still having good old fashioned sex; and they are enjoying it!”
“And if that’s true, then they are genetically inferior!” she screamed.
“No, they’re not.” His eyes held a challenge as they bored into hers. “I am a product of that same good, old-fashioned sex.”
Her lips curved with her smug reply. “Then I rest my case.”
His gaze took on an almost feral gleam. “I wouldn’t be so free with your insults, Shawnee...because so are you.”
Midwest Book Reviews
It's the 25th century. Mankind has eliminated the need for landfills and recycling by outlawing paper and plastic. Mass communication is accomplished by Mind Effacers - electronic devices. Cities are protected from pollution and atmospheric anomalies by domes. Hereditary and sexually transmitted diseases are non existent because humans no longer perpetuate the species via traditional means. Everything is clean, well-ordered, sanitary, simplified by law. Full land rights have been restored to all Native American tribes and they have been given the honor and respect they deserve. The world has finally established a Utopian society.
Shawnee Walters is the last known surviving Native American of pure Shawano lineage. She has the day vision of a hawk and the night vision of a cat. Because of her extraordinary mental acuity and heightened senses, she has been elected to oversee the North American Mind Efface program. She is thoroughly indoctrinated into the 25th century way of order and governs with an iron hand. When she is kidnapped by the infamous rebel leader, Michael Che, Shawnee is dragged into a harsh environment outside the safety of her dome. His unprotected world is very different from her own. Michael is tall, strong, rugged, and desirous of a mate. He wants Shawnee, and he does not have in mind a DNA exchange under sterile lab conditions. Michael is determined that Shawnee will learn the truth about her artificially perfect world, including the lie that sex is unpleasant, unnecessary and bad. Villainy and subterfuge have set the world on a destructive course. Will Shawnee see the truth before the lie has gone too far?
This is an imaginative story with strong lead characters who have the world's good at heart. At every turn, Ms. Conger has surprises for us. Like, where did Michael Che really come from? What makes Shawnee's world less perfect than it seems? Where can they turn and who will provide the answers to dilemmas Shawnee and Michael need to solve?
I suggest you read the book and find out. Recommended to mature readers due to sexual content.
Romance Fiction, About.com
Have you ever wondered what our world would be like in the future? Author Donna Conger takes us to the year 2416 when the world is completely electronic. Paper has been banned and books from centuries past are in the governments vaults.
Native Americans were given back their land one hundred years ago. Now, Native American Shawnee Walters is Head of the North American Mind Efface program. It's her job to find and prosecute the mutineers. Shawnee is good at her job, respected and the first woman to ever hold this position. Her senses are highly tuned and one morning she suspects something is wrong in her office. And she's right.
Michael Che is an infamous rebel leader. He kidnaps Shawnee from her office, and carries her far from the domed city where she lives to Calypso, a village hidden deep in the Rocky Mountains. On the trip to the village Shawnee is confused by the feelings that Michael causes in her. You see, sex has been outlawed and all children are born via a lab setting.
The man is full of secrets, has powers that Shawnee doesn't understand and talks funny. But when Michael reveals all to Shawnee will she join him in saving her civilization or follow the duties of her job.
Donna Conger has penned a book that you will not be able to put down once you start it. With believable characters that you quickly grow to care about you'll be swept along into a future world that could very well be possible. I highly recommend The Green Moon for fans of both romance and science fiction. It's a great story.
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