Trisha deTours is a book editor for women's erotic fiction at Pinnacle Books. Her personal life often reflects the books she edits as Trisha hunts for men on the beach and discards them after sex. When scientist, Daiva Izokaitis moves into Trisha's complex, Trisha finds a new friend and discovers that she has written a manuscript. The manuscript doesn't exactly fit in with with Pinnacle's normal works, but might be exactly what they are looking for. As Trisha dives into Daiva's book, Citadel described as a post-lesbian, scientific look at our future, Trisha becomes immersed in the characters and story so much that she begins to mix reality and fiction to become one of the characters herself. As Citadel blends more into real life, Trisha and Daiva are helping to create the future of Citadel.
Citadel is a very different and surprising work. Using the technique of a book within a book, we see the editing process as well as the effect that a book can have on the reader. When Trisha began to read Daiva's manuscript, I think I was just as confused and intrigued as Trisha. The manuscript is difficult to read at first, however, like Trisha, I could see parts of myself and other women I know in the characters. The writing is very in your face, not hiding any of the issues that women in every culture may deal with on a daily basis. There is also a good amount of science involved in the novel as Daiva works with genetics and bases her book on current research such as creating life without the Y chromosome. With this addition of science, a lot of important questions arise such as: What is human? What is desire? Can we ever live together peacefully? For me, the most interesting part of the story is that Citadel begins to become reality as more people read Daiva's book. Overall, a unique and important story that will connect with many readers.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.