NSFW Book Review: The Zephyr's New Girls by Angel Belmont






Title: The Zephyr's New Girls





Author: Angel Belmont





Publisher: Angel Belmont





Publication Date: April 15, 2020





Genres: Erotica, Sci-fi





Shelves: Female-authored, transgender





I first had the pleasure of meeting Angel Belmont through Big Daddy's Girls, and I instantly fell in love with the sense of community explored within those stories and the wonderfully open-minded acceptance of the wildest kinks and fetishes. The Zephyr's New Girls is an entirely different story, with a different feel and a different style, but it has the same passion for the human experience and human emotions that I so fondly remembered.





The story opens with a literal bang as a trailing series of asteroids wreak havoc on The Zephyr and its crew. Just 7 years into its 26 year voyage, with over 100,000 of the crew suddenly dead, they suddenly find themselves without enough people to successfully build and repopulate their new home. Compounding the problem is the fact that, because of the segregation of the stasis chambers and where the asteroids hit, almost all of the surviving crew are men.





Before I saw more about the story, I do need to say a few words about the style. Angel relates the experiences about The Zephyr through a series of logs and transcribed conversations. I found it a bit awkward at first, having expected a Star Trek style narrative where the logs would give way to more traditional telling, but once I settled into the read and became familiar with the narrative voices of the crew, I found I rather enjoyed the personal touch it puts on the tragedy.





I loved how the gender-swap element was introduced and how it was explored, with the crew understandably hesitant to undergo such drastic transformations. The dynamic between friends and lovers, and how it shifts with gender, is something that the story does a wonderful job of exploring. We see jealousy, uncertainly, fear, and desire, all wrapped up in these new experiences, coupled with questions of body image and sexual arousal.





Much of The Zephyr's New Girls is dark and anxious, as it should be given the tragedy that opens the tale and the consequences is threatens for humanity, but it does find its way to happiness and pleasure before the end. There are some beautiful new romances established, new desires explored, and even some humor slipped in towards the very end. It is a sexy tale with more than a little gender-fueled wish fulfillment, but a thoughtful one as well, full of big ideas and moral quandaries - precisely what erotic science fiction should be.





Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀


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