Author: Shay Savage
Source: ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?
Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.
Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cave home. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.
With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.
Flirty Review: Four Lip Bites
With Transcendence, formly her fanfic of the same name, I felt that since I hadn't read it as a fanfiction, I would be lending a fresh pair of eyes as a reader. And I was correct about that.
Transcendence, like it says in the summary, is the story of a caveman, Ehd, and a present day woman, Elizabeth or Beh as Ehd calls, her trapped in prehistoric times. Ehd is alone in his world. His tribe have disappeared in a freak forest fire. Beh is out of her element so to speak. She has simply landed in Ehd's time without knowledge of how or why. You can imagine the depth of both her and Ehd's fear as they encounter one another. Beh's fear that she's in another time and Ehd's fear of an unknown strange-looking and sounding woman that has seemed to have come from nowhere. But what the luck, not only does Beh find one of the only humans on earth to help her survive, Ehd has found his mate! He's pretty excited about putting a baby in her belly.
The story is told entirely from Ehd's point of view with the exception of the epilogue which is told from Beh's or Elizabeth's point of view. When I started reading, I couldn't decide if what Savage was writing was in fact brilliant or a weak premise to an unusual storyline. I decided not to long afterward that Transcendence is indeed brilliant and let me tell you why: Shay Savage ingeniously showed her readers the whole story with limited dialogue from a simplistic POV. I haven't seen the show vs. tell method crafted in such a way ever to effectively show the reader everything they needed to see and understand without getting bogged down with too much detail, dialogue, or plot devices.
The beauty of being in Ehd's head is that even though he doesn't understand Beh, and there is little to no dialogue because Ehd can't comprehend english, we as the reader completely understand Beh's mindset, her fears, her desires, her happiness, her sadness. We see how Beh's modern thinking, although strange to Ehd, helps them survive. Ehd and Beh learn from one another and we see the growing affection they both share for one another.
When I was reading I kept thinking how wonderful this book would look visually on the big screen. I laughed thinking back to how my mom loved the book The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. She gushed about Ayla and how fascinated she was with the world. I only remember watching the movie with Darryl Hannah and thinking how ridiculous it was. After reading Transcendence, now I get what my mom liked so much: innocence in the harshest of environments. Edh doesn't have any altruistic desires other to provide, protect, and love everything about Beh and their family. He simply lives because it's all he knows how to do. What we see is how Beh comes to learn and understand that same concept. She never chooses to be in any other place but with Ehd. Even when the chance arises that she could go back to her time, she sacrifices herself for the better of her child and for her love of Ehd. That's the beauty in this book.
Plus there is a lot of sex. A lot.
After reading this book, I especially appreciated the epilogue. Shay gave us a little bit of bittersweet along with some sci-fi. What? Yep, she sure did. She even teases us about things to come possibly when after she wrote the words, the end, she wrote on the next page, or is it? I think after reading Transcendence, I'm going to make sure to read Savage's other works because if she pulled off one of the hardest things (show vs. tell) that most writers fail to understand, I'm sure her other works won't disappoint.
Look for Transcendence in mid-February!
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