Author: Misty Provencher
Published by: Cornerstone Publishing LLC
Publication Date: January 25, 2014
The Earth’s atmosphere is swiss cheese. To avoid the oncoming oxygen crisis, black-sheep heiress, Maeve Aypotu, has been chemically suspended in one of the Archive’s plush, multi-million dollar chambers, located underground. Scientists claim they can patch everything up in about 15 years, so, just to be safe, the Archive programmed the chambers to open in 17 years.
And then, everything on Earth went wrong.
Up on the surface, Pluto has taken control of the planet, scorching away all signs of human civilization and reconstructing the environment to suit the Plutian’s lucrative dragon trade. Humans that survived are forced to be laborers, divided into five Houses, each handling a different stage of the dragon harvest. Survival and repopulation have become a currency among the Houses. To make matters worse, Rha Diem, the rugged leader of the Fly House, has gotten word that the cost of existence just rose to a price that no human should have to pay. And now there is a whole Archive of survivors that will be expected to pay too.
Learning to trust one another may need to start small—with the fusion of one powerful Rha and one bad ass black sheep—before a damaged race can even hope to regain control of their alien Earth.
I’m not going to lie, if I hadn’t know that The Fly House was written by Misty Provencher, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. I’ve loved every book of Misty’s that I’ve read, but was still really hesitant about it. If I didn’t trust Misty before, I completely trust her writing now. I was so hooked before I was even finished with the second chapter. The Fly House was fan-freaking-tastic! It’s fun, sexy, and full of laughs.
I automatically put this book in the out-of-my-comfort-zone list before giving it a chance. Why? Because I read that there were dragons in it. I got the image of this crazy-complicated fantasy in my head, and assumed it would be weighed down with all kinds of heavy world building and stuff. Well, you know what they say about assuming. The Fly House was not what I was expecting, and I should know that about Misty’s books by now! It’s more character driven, which are the kind of stories I prefer. Something else that always bumps a book up for me is the humor, and this one had me laughing all the way through.
Earth is pretty much being destroyed by global warming, but the scientist say they will have it all fixed in seventeen years. So a bunch of people who could afford it decided to be Archived, including Maeve. What’s that you ask? They’re basically put to sleep and preserved until it’s time to awaken. They set the time for eighteen years, thinking the earth with be fully repaired by then and it’ll all be hunky-dory. Yeah, it doesn’t go quite as planned. There were bigger forces at work than global warming – alien forces – and they decimated Earth, leaving the Archive lost and forgotten. When Maeve and other archived people finally start waking up, it’s been 80+ years! A whole lot had changed in those 80 years.
Maeve is a wild, twenty-two year old, who is the black sheep of her extremely wealthy family. She’s fiery, independent, and likes to be in control. Maeve is definitely a favorite character of mine; and one I identify with immensely. There were moments when she was describing her past relationships and why they never lasted, and I got a huge grin on my face. Never have I heard another person explain so perfectly the way I am. That sounds so weird, but … Maeve is my soul sista! She is a strong woman, who needs an strong man who can handle her without trying to breaking her or hold her back. And Diem is the perfect guy for that! Hold on, I need to fan myself …. These two together is probably one of the sexiest things ever. Diam is definitely a man I could fully appreciate.
I’ve already mentioned Maeve and Diem, but there are a lot more characters that really stood out in this book. One being Creeper Steve. He was so funny! He himself wasn’t a funny guy, but the way he was portrayed and the way Maeve handled him was priceless. I even ended up lovin’ the guy in an odd sort of way. The Plutians were a great source of humor. They make themselves appear human, but they don’t recognize sarcasm or human emotion. Pffft … I know a couple of humans that could pass as Plutians. Phuck, one of the Plutians, was quite an interesting character. Yes, you read that name right. The names and the reasons for them had me laughing. Though I preferred Maeve and Diem’s perspectives, reading from Phuck’s was always entertaining.
The world-building is actually really interesting, and thankfully isn’t bogged down. In 2095, Diem and the people who remain on earth live a more primitive life, free of technologies and most of the stuff we take for granted today. Everything from Maeve’s time has been completely obliterated. Everything. So it’s quite a shock for Maeve when she emerges from the hidden cocoon of the Archive.
I know this book sounds like it might be big on the sci-fi, but it really isn’t. Everything takes place on Earth and there are only a few aliens that are actually in the book. While I’m glad it isn’t heavy with sci-fi elements, I did find myself left with a few questions. It wouldn’t have been an issue had the aliens had been from a different galaxy, but the fact that they were from our own solar system opened it up to the need for a little more explaining. It really isn’t a big deal, but it’s something that I wish had been elaborated on a little more in the book. Also, don’t let the mention of dragons trick you into thinking this is a major fantasy either. The dragons were actually a cool aspect of the story, and that’s coming from someone who usually avoids books with dragons in them. This book uses a slight blend of genres, so they’re not overpowering. To put it simply, it’s very unique without getting all crazy-weird.
Overall, I loved The Fly House, especially when it came to the characters. Even if it sounds like a book you might not normally read, just try it! It’s highly probable you’ll be pleasantly surprised.