Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review and to participate in her readalong. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews on the Under Ground series by Alice Rachel, you already know how I’ve raved about this series and its amazing character development. I know I don’t need to say more on that, but it’s just so integral to each of her stories and main plotlines as well, and I just love how much depth it adds to the whole series. The love for these characters, as sad as their backstories might be, is so apparent through Alice’s writing and the care she puts into getting their (albeit fictional, still important) stories out into this whole of this series.

In addition to character development, this story gives another point of view on the corrupt dystopian that has arisen in this series. This story’s namesake is a gay man living in this world where it’s illegal to be gay, and can be killed on sight if breaking that law. It’s such a terrifying concept that someone could be killed for loving who they love. With June being Pride Month, this readalong has been great for giving readers new perspectives while also relating what we’re reading to the real world and all of its current political and social climates.

If you are interested in reading this short story, it can be read separate from the rest of the series, but of course I highly recommend the entire series. Alice Rachel does have a recommended reading order of her books and short stories (found on her website as well as in each book), and it’s such a fully satisfying experience to really get to know all of these characters in this complex world she has built in this series.

Rating: ★★★★★

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