Dystopian romance is kind of like the misunderstood, forgotten cousin or red-headed stepchild in the vast world of romantic fiction. Not quite paranormal, maybe sci-fi futuristic or alternatively post-apocalyptic, it’s for the very particular reader, one looking for a world outside of the one we know. But at the same time, there are some real, creative gems out there that make up the genre. Because these authors’ series by definition are outside of the box, and with Kit Rocha’s hit indie Beyond series and Elle Kennedy’s newest mainstream Outlaws series, Dystopian series have roared their presence again in a big way and if you haven’t checked them out, you may be missing something really special from some very bright minds.
Lauren Dane shows all her chops with her hugely underrated Federation series. It’s got something for everyone: menage, enemies-to-lovers, reunited lovers, more menage, and every sexual combination you can imagine in this scorching series about a new time and world with a particular focus on both almost ancient social structures and new technological advances. Dane’s quirky writing really works here, where everything’s off kilter but the romance blooms bright through it all. It’s wild and fun and hot. This series has been on my keeper shelf for a long time, and it really demonstrates Dane’s talent and boundless imagination. If you think you know Dane from her contemporaries, you haven’t seen anything yet — it’s a must-read.
“I know people will say I’m too young, or that it’s only the danger of this mission that made me mistake lust for love. I know I will be told to see others because I can’t possibly know my own mind.”
She tipped back enough to look at his face. She wanted him to see her eyes when she told him the rest. “I come from a world where I was traded to a man I neither consented to marry nor wanted to marry. My entire life has been about people telling me what to do, what to think and believe. I have had little space to express my own wishes. I must tell you I choose you. Choose, Daniel.”
-Insatiable, Lauren Dane