The Seventh Taboo by Yvonne Eve Walus
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short (26 pages)
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orchid
You know he is somewhere out there. Your soul mate. Your other self. All you need to do is find him and you'll feel complete the way you've never felt complete before...
Except that finding him is strictly forbidden.
Finding him would break the Seventh Taboo.
And then, one night, you meet him. Every hormone and every cell in your body shouts that he's the lost half of yourself you've been searching for. Your logic disagrees. Which are you going to believe? The primeval instinct or your training? Your heart or your mind?
To what lengths will you go, what risks will you take, to prove to yourself that he is the one?
Enter the world of cloning, scientific experiments and toying with people's lives. Enter the world in which your every movement, online as well as offline, is scrutinised by your live-in Monitor. Enter the future which could well be ours one day.
Clones are identical? Clones are the same sex? The future stretches the scientific boundaries until even the people of that time aren't sure what can be achieved.
In a world of virtual reality, some workmates decide to play an illegal Face to Face game. This is when Jade and Lorri-Ann meet. They are immediately attracted to each other and Lorri-Ann wonders if she has met her soul mate, but realizes this can't be as they are different genders.
In a world where the young and cloned have live-in monitors, these two young people steal moments to investigate and maybe advance their attraction for each other.
Although short this story is full of mystery. Jade and Lorri-Ann combine their skills to outwit their mentors and search the files for clues to their origins. This subject could have been handled clumsily, but the author has written a pleasant story which held my interest from beginning to end. The only disconcerting fact I found was the heroine's name wasn't mentioned until half-way through the story.
The Seventh Taboo of this society lurks behind the curiosity everyone feels about their origins. It hovers in the background ready to pounce when the young people start searching for answers.
I think this story would have been even more enjoyable if it had been longer and more fleshed out, but even as-is, this short story is a pleasant way to while away an afternoon.