Transcendence by Shay Savage (Book Review)
Transcendence is my first Shay Savage reading experience and I was blown away. If this author was able to write such an amazing book with a non-speaking protagonist, I can only imagine what her other works, where everyone has speaking ability, are like. I stumbled across this literary gem thanks to fellow GR’s and though the price was a little steep (yeah I’m very picky where I spend more than 99 cents on an ebook but have no problem spending $12 on a paperback…go figure), so I decided to read the sample and the author’s note on Broca’s Area triggered a tremendous nerdgasm. I was done. Best $4.99 I’ve ever spent on a book.
It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?
Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.
Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.
With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.
*4.5 Hoh! Kah Luffs Ehd! Stars!*
If Ehd is any indication of what cavemen were like, I would gladly teleport back to prehistoric times, cave up with my very own Neanderthal and let him put babies in me regardless of my lack for basket making skills.
This is a love story unlike any other.
Ehd is a highly capable young caveman living in solitude with no mating prospects in sight. Having lost his family and tribe, he leads a pretty monotonous life. Hunt, gather, keep the fire burning, ponder when he’ll finally find a mate to put a babies inside of…rinse and repeat. Surviving season after season gets to be burdensome when you don’t have a reason to go on living.
Elizabeth aka Beh is the most beautiful yet oddly dressed girl Ehd has ever seen. She finds herself in a dirt pit in a place that hardly resembles the 21st century. Understandably frightened by her new surroundings she calls out for help only to find herself looking at none other than a caveman. Complete with long hair, piercing green eyes and a Tarzan-like garment, Ehd is definitely other-worldly. Under different circumstances, this might have been an ideal meet-cute. Handsome young bachelor meets and rescues beautiful girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after. Except, this is a wildly unlikely scenario where the improbable happened, bringing two differently evolved individuals who otherwise would have never met. Science or maybe fate is crazy like that.
The journey these two characters embark on is at times heart-wrenching, utterly hilarious but always captivating. Ehd’s thoughts and logic kept a seemingly permanent Cheshire Cat smile on my face. Maybe men aren’t as dense as we (women) think. Modern man could certainly learn a thing or two from Ehd. His attentiveness and loving Alpha Male nature stole my heart and made me a Shay Savage fan. The theme of true human companionship beyond sexuality was beautifully addressed. Although there was plenty of intimacy (I mean seriously, what else was there to do without technology?) it was interwoven with humor and plenty of sweet moments.
Every bookworm has at one point wondered what a romance with a real caveman would be like and the wait is finally over. I urge you to travel back to the future (you’ll understand once you’re read it) where love transcends any and all boundaries. I look forward to checking out more of Ms. Savage’s works.