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Lol, I have almost no recollection of this book, I ve discovered it as a teenager and reread it countless times because I loved it It s still on my favourites shelf but the rating makes me want to reread it to see what I d think of this today. The book was just not good at best and very irritating at worst.The main character is completely unlikable The victim of being a minority her entire life, she lashes out at anyone and everyone she can without reason She has a personality that she s on the righteous side of everything because she is a victim when the legal system she uses is completely idiotic and makes no sense given the fact the population is 99% werewolves Somehow her and her organization have the legal authority to lock up The book was just not good at best and very irritating at worst.The main character is completely unlikable The victim of being a minority her entire life, she lashes out at anyone and everyone she can without reason She has a personality that she s on the righteous side of everything because she is a victim when the legal system she uses is completely idiotic and makes no sense given the fact the population is 99% werewolves Somehow her and her organization have the legal authority to lock up people and ask for confessions to crimes they won t describe with no evidence Free to beat and pummel people without legal representation and without letting them notify the outside world If there s supposed to be a message or parallel to injustice against minorities in our own history, it gets lost in the book when it s the minority doing all the messed up things.The characters that drive the mystery of the story aren t explained at all and have next to no personality which makes it hard to care when things go bad for them.There s a forced romance that makes next to no sense from the male perspective She s allowed to lock him up, insult him, and treat him like crap and yet he still loves her Then any man who isn t as wimpy as him is the sort that stands around waving his junk around to prove he s the real alpha male.The entire system of the society is stupid too Werewolves are expected to lock themselves up even though they are the vast majority What s the issue with letting them run free and sticking the barebacks into lock down instead Society has been like this for so long and they haven t learned how to lock down their own homes that they need to run into shelters instead Short of tearing up their own cars or mattresses, there s no real explanation why the werewolves have to be locked up.The main character remains unlikable the entire way through From the beginning sitting by letting people beat up her client, to the middle when she s berating her boyfriend for no reason, to the end when she adopts a self righteous attitude and performing self satisfying displays of pointlessness An interesting trend I see is that the majority of the negative reviews are from men and the overwhelming majority of positive reviews are from women Perhaps her insane ramblings and disturbingly strange panic attacks make sense to some As somebody who loves Kim Harrison s, Carrie Vaughn s, and Laurel K Hamilton s lead characters Well Anita Blake up until she became a porn star , I know it s not because of her gender that I found myself disliking Lola so much It s because her personality was so flawed yet the author attempts to portray her as something she s not a good person.I couldn t help but laugh at the QA at the end of my copy it was an advanced printing so I don t know if the regular book has it that Whitfield says that racism was not the main point of why she began the book Really Almost the whole book is based on how the main character is persecuted for the fact.I would have given two stars if the werewolves were described better but for being a werewolf book, it talked very little about them When did it happen, how does it happen All this time passes and nobody explains why they shift during the full moon even when they re locked away from it What do they even look like Incredibly weak This book supposes a world wherethan 99% of the population are lycanthropes, who transform into wild, unthinking beasts for a single night every month The tiny minority of non lycanthropes are drafted into an organization that polices the rest of the population The nons spend that night hunting down those who violate the law by not locking themselves safely away The protagonist is a non , and the book is not so much about werewolves as it is about her life experience as a member of t This book supposes a world wherethan 99% of the population are lycanthropes, who transform into wild, unthinking beasts for a single night every month The tiny minority of non lycanthropes are drafted into an organization that polices the rest of the population The nons spend that night hunting down those who violate the law by not locking themselves safely away The protagonist is a non , and the book is not so much about werewolves as it is about her life experience as a member of this minority group.It s a interesting premise, and I enjoyed the book, but it has some serious flaws The police organization run by the nons seems illogical They serve a critical function in this society, yet they re poorly paid, foolishly restricted in their methods and dangerously untrained But incongruently, they have an amazing amount of power over any lyco who has broken the law, or who they even suspect to have broken the law They re able and willing to imprison them indefinitely without legal advice while torturing them for information It s a strange mix of oppression and power.The writing is awkward in some places and quite good in others At the fifty page mark I was underwhelmed, but the story improved when Paul the social worker was introduced, and it got downright riveting as the book progressed.A little technical detail in the right places can really add to the realism of a book, and I think the author skimped on her research Most of the discourse on what causes someone to be born a non is weak, as is the scene where the protagonist asks a friend to examine a car that she suspects has been sabotaged What would you say are the chances of me liking a paranormal realism book about werewolves, where a major and important part of the plot is a heterosexual romance between our heroine who is a loner misfit and a very attractive young werewolf.Yeah I didn t think it would happen either I guess I gave it a go because of the idea that it had something to say about prejudice and violence something that I expected to be cringefully simplistic but I thought at least may be timely.It turned out I What would you say are the chances of me liking a paranormal realism book about werewolves, where a major and important part of the plot is a heterosexual romance between our heroine who is a loner misfit and a very attractive young werewolf.Yeah I didn t think it would happen either I guess I gave it a go because of the idea that it had something to say about prejudice and violence something that I expected to be cringefully simplistic but I thought at least may be timely.It turned out I much underestimated the author and her book Lola s loner status and difference are well portrayed and believable She is intelligent, gutsy and relateable her flawedness is portrayed in a sympathetic though at times horrifying way The love interest, Paul is sensitive and open and easy to buy into liking along with her their sex is portrayed as passionate and sensuous without the TMI stating the obvious type tropes.I hated some of the stuff about sexual violence in the creches, and at first I was inclined to dismiss it as a sexist and heterosexist trope but it turned out to bethan that, it was addressed as a trope, questioned even The thing is pretending violence like that never happens would be naive, but this book looks at the long and short term trauma of being a survivor of it also the way individual acts of violence are socially constructed I hated the inevitability of us vs them war like ways of being and then the protagonist stopped and wondered the same thing with me.There were chinks in things, the ending was exactly what it should have been and very restrained neither too happy nor too tragic In short this book made me think, parts of the story had me on the edge of the seat desperate to read500 pages seemed to turn themselves and I liked many of the characters.I recommend this book, I really do I will be looking to see what else Kit Whitfield may have written It is a world much like our own, with one deadly difference ninety nine percent of the population is lycanthropic When the full moon rises, humans transform into lunes, bloodthirsty beasts who cannot be reasoned with or tamed Those few born unable to change are disparagingly known as barebacks, and live as victims of prejudice and oppression All too often, they are targets of savage mauling and death by lunes who break the law to roam free on full moon nightsTwenty something bareback Lola Galley is already a veteran of the Department for the Ongoing Regulation of Lycanthropic Activities When her friend loses a hand to a marauding lune, then is murdered before the attacker is brought to trial, Lola is desperate to see justice prevail But the truth is seldom simple and Lola may not like the shocking answers she uncovers Did Not Finish Quit at page 130 90% of the population are werewolves, the other 10% are non s The law requires werewolves to lock themselves inside on full moons to avoid prowling, maiming and murdering while under the moon influence.The non s are required to belong to DORLA Dept for the Ongoing Regulation of Lycanthorpic Activities DORLA teams in vans hunt on full moon nights to catch and jail those werewolves who are out The dogcatching is extremely dangerous, as the human non s are Did Not Finish Quit at page 130 90% of the population are werewolves, the other 10% are non s The law requires werewolves to lock themselves inside on full moons to avoid prowling, maiming and murdering while under the moon influence.The non s are required to belong to DORLA Dept for the Ongoing Regulation of Lycanthorpic Activities DORLA teams in vans hunt on full moon nights to catch and jail those werewolves who are out The dogcatching is extremely dangerous, as the human non s are ill equipped, not well trained, and strictly regulated as to tactics Most non s have been maimed or seriously injured, but in this world, that s just the way it is, and there s nothing to be done about it.The non s of DORLA also represent the werewolves who are caught as quasi attornies and jail them Not sure if they re judges also At first the book is intriguing and very different from anything I ve read before But the DORLA non s live such difficult lives with so few choices that for me the book quickly becames depressing Bareback Jade FarrarKit Whitfield 2006 In the book Bareback the world is very similar to earth, except for one thing Most of the population is Lyco werewolves , who become horrible beasts underneath the full moon And the other very small percentage of the population are called barebacks who are regular humans The main character in this story is 28 year old Lola Galley In this world there are rules about the werewolves transformed roaming outside after their curfe Bareback Jade FarrarKit Whitfield 2006 In the book Bareback the world is very similar to earth, except for one thing Most of the population is Lyco werewolves , who become horrible beasts underneath the full moon And the other very small percentage of the population are called barebacks who are regular humans The main character in this story is 28 year old Lola Galley In this world there are rules about the werewolves transformed roaming outside after their curfew There are agents who take care of that, and they are all barebacks, and Lola is one of them All these barebacks work for the Department for the On going Regulation of Lycanthropic Activities DORLA One night when Lola s out on the job, her coworker friend hand got bitten off by a werewolf, and shot a few days later Then some time later a lyco gets shot too, the thing that is similar to these two shootings is that the victims were both shot with silver bullets which are only used by DORLA operatives When DORLA thinks that they know who committed the crime, the think that Lola may be his next victim Lola s boss suggests for her to transfer, but Lola doesn t want to So her boss suggests for her to live somewhere else for a while Lola goes to her sisters flat home to stay When Lola tells her sister Becca the reason why, Becca sends her right out in fear of the safety of her child Becca, then stays with her boyfriend Paul, who is a lyco After a certain period of time passes, DORLA brings in Lycos who they feel are in cahoots with the killer A couple days later her boyfriend Paul is arrested, because other DORLA agents think that he too is in cahoots with the killer Lola is not sure if Paul is innocent or guilty In the end it turns out that the real bad guy was someone who I didn t suspect at all This story was not one of my favorites because a couple of times I had to reread thing to make sure what was going on Also one thing that I didn t like was that it was so long and there were parts in it that didn t have to be in the book Overall I think that plot and conflict was interesting, because I never read anything like it Benighted is not a book to start with false expectations If you are looking for a story which focuses on the fantasy elements and worldbuilding, or a supernatural drama, this is not the book for you Benighted is depressing as all get out, and that needs to be understood going in.Its protagonist and narrator is Lola Galley, a bareback in a world filled with lycanthropes Barebacks a derogatory term for non lycanthropes , or nons, are conscripted at a young age into DORLA, the organization Benighted is not a book to start with false expectations If you are looking for a story which focuses on the fantasy elements and worldbuilding, or a supernatural drama, this is not the book for you Benighted is depressing as all get out, and that needs to be understood going in.Its protagonist and narrator is Lola Galley, a bareback in a world filled with lycanthropes Barebacks a derogatory term for non lycanthropes , or nons, are conscripted at a young age into DORLA, the organization which runs the world during the full moon, and which handles crimes committed by people while they are transformed DORLA is generally disliked by the public because of the power they wield, and, since all nons are by default DORLA employees, this results a good deal of friction between the tiny non population and the rest of the world All of this is important, but it s not the heart of the story.What makes this book worth reading is its complete emotional realism Lola, despite being only in her twenties, is run down and older than she should be She s paid very little money for doing a very dangerous job and has no real prospects for improving her situation She distrusts everyone outside of DORLA and they distrust her in kind The book is, along with being an engaging mystery, a chronicle of her experience as both a perpetual outsider and a member of a highly insular organization of dubious ethical standards She lives through things that are less than palatable, and over the course of the story herself does some things which are arguably worse The psychology is fascinating and drives a thoroughly engrossing plot If you can stomach the depression, absolutely worth reading In a world where werewolves or lycos as they are called in this debut novel are the norm and barebacks or nons in other words people that do not turn at the full moon are considered disabled or crippled, born with a birth defect that means they come out headfirst and different, Lola May is a social outcast As a non, she is forced to work as a dog catcher for DORLA, the organisation responsible for policing the activity of lunes lycos during full moon for the two days of the month that In a world where werewolves or lycos as they are called in this debut novel are the norm and barebacks or nons in other words people that do not turn at the full moon are considered disabled or crippled, born with a birth defect that means they come out headfirst and different, Lola May is a social outcast As a non, she is forced to work as a dog catcher for DORLA, the organisation responsible for policing the activity of lunes lycos during full moon for the two days of the month that they become wild animals who will attack and kill anything For the rest of the month, she is a lawyer dealing with, for the most part, tramps and homeless people who have not managed to get themselves locked away in time before changing.This all sounds very sci fi, very Buffy the Vampire Slayer but this book is so muchthan that By turning the werewolf tale on its head, we are put into the shoes of the persecuted, the outcasts a place where I, as a white, middle class girl, am not usually placed It is well written, exciting, interesting, thrilling and you really care what happens It is intriguing and I would highly recommend it Man, I m so glad I gave Benighted by Kit Whitfield a chance.In Benighted, being wholly human is a recessive gene When the full moon rises, ninety nine percent of the human population humans transform into lunes werewolves , mindless, ferocious animals, wrecking havoc if left to their own devices Those few born unable to change are the minority often viewed with disgust and hostility for their disability.Lola Galley is a veteran of the Department for the Ongoing Regulation of Lycanthropic Ac Man, I m so glad I gave Benighted by Kit Whitfield a chance.In Benighted, being wholly human is a recessive gene When the full moon rises, ninety nine percent of the human population humans transform into lunes werewolves , mindless, ferocious animals, wrecking havoc if left to their own devices Those few born unable to change are the minority often viewed with disgust and hostility for their disability.Lola Galley is a veteran of the Department for the Ongoing Regulation of Lycanthropic Activities, an organization staffed by non lunes that monitors the city during the full moon and is tasked with keeping order and capturing the lunes who break the law to roam free on full moon nights When Lola s friend is attacked by a lune, and then murdered before the attacker can be brought to justice, Lola finds herself on the trail of a deadly conspiracy.There s a lot I loved about this book The murder mystery is different The world concept is unique The writing style is different Butthan that, Benighted doesn t shy away from tackling issues of social and racial prejudice and its effect For that, this book wins both my respect and a place on my all time favorite urban fantasy books list.This is not a light or fun read, nor the average high drama urban fantasy fare It is bleak, sometimes beautiful, and definitely disquieting for the questions it raises In its ambition, it comes closer to literature than genre fiction.Benighted gives us Lola, who is part of a feared minority It affects her entire life her relationships, her job, her role in her family, the way she perceives her worth and her appearance There is no easy answer or revelatory celebration of self love at the end of this book.Equally fascinating, Whitfield s world setup puts non lunes barebacks as they are called both into the role of oppressed minority, and into the role of a special police force, tasked with keeping order on the streets when lunes transform into wolves, and granted gestapo level powers and almost no funding.Lola, as part of the bareback only Department for the Ongoing Regulation of Lycanthropic Activities is both oppressed minority to be viewed with pity and disgust for her disability and the police force, facing a monthly deadly threat of violence on the city streets and facing charges of police brutality Prejudice, fear of life, public scrutiny, and life and death situations intersect in fascinating, bleak ways In Lola s interactions with her world, you see childhood trauma meet PTSD meet the soul devouring effects reality of being different and ostracized There is one scene in particular and out of many that has stayed with me Lola s sister, who has staunchly been Lola s champion and defender, has a baby view spoiler Throughout the pregnancy, the sister is defiant in the face of Lola s fears She says she doesn t care if the baby turns out to be bareback like Lola she ll love the baby anyway Then, the doctor pronounces the child healthy and normal, and the sister breaks down sobbing in relief hide spoiler This book is not simple The murder mystery resolution goes into a direction I hadn t seen before Lola s attempt to face a traumatic incident from her past ends with tragic ambiguity Love doesn t conquer all, though perhaps a ray of light does slip through the cracks of Lola s romantic subplot.Such a good read Benighted


About the Author: Kit Whitfield

Kit Whitfield grew up in London In her time, she has trained as a chef and a masseur, as well as working as a website editor, quote hunter, toy shop assistant and publisher.


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