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Changing Worlds

Cari Z

Out of Print

2012 Rainbow Book Award Winner - Best Gay Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Second Place)

Includes the short story prequel Opening Worlds at no additional cost!

In this sequel to Cari Z's Opening Worlds, former starship captain Jason Kim travels to Perelan, the homeworld of his lover, Ferran, to start a life together. The ruling council of the Perels have allowed this unconventional union to continue in the hopes of strengthening relations between themselves and the humans. And while Ferran's family welcome Jason with open arms, not all of the other major families are as pleased. The arrival of an outsider to their insular, subterranean world challenges the traditions of centuries.

Tensions soar as old rivalries are rekindled in the wake of Jason and Ferran's relationship. Inevitably, something snaps. Jason and Ferran soon find themselves literally fighting for their lives when xenophobic anger pushes things beyond the breaking point. Only their devotion to one another can see them through, but a ghost from Jason's past threatens even that. With Perelan on the brink of civil war, Jason and Ferran must find a way to stand together in the face of chaos and to change the world on their own terms before it tears itself apart.

A lot could change in a month.

As a child, a month had been near-interminable for Jason Kim, the passage of time grindingly slow. But by the time he was in the military, each month had become the same as every other, time passing in a strict, reliable, and mostly unexciting way. Working as a civilian had been the same, regimented and stable and safe. Dull. Then, a month ago, Ferran had come aboard his ship.

Ferran: Perel, alien, and unlike anyone Jason had ever met in his life.

Jason had found love like he'd never experienced before and lost it far too soon. Ferran had left him, restricted to his home planet after a brief period of liberty, like all male Perels, and Jason had taken a leave of absence and returned to his own home to mourn something he'd barely had a chance to discover.

Now, less than a month after he'd given up hope, Ferran was back. He and Jason were, for all intents and purposes, married, and both of them would be moving back to Perelan in the company of the Federation ambassador tomorrow, to begin training Ferran as a diplomat.

And Jason? He didn't know what role he was going to play on Perelan, other than husband and resident alien oddity. To be perfectly honest, he didn't care. For the first time in a long time, Jason was content to live in the moment—not because he had nothing to look forward to, but because he was happy.

The whole thing still felt slightly surreal.

"What about this?" Ferran asked, looking over at Jason from where he sat cross-legged in front of the closet. He held up what looked like a plaster imprint of Jason's five-year-old hand.

They were packing up the last of Jason's belongings that would come with them to Perelan, and Ferran was incredibly inquisitive. It was fortunate Jason didn't have much capacity for embarrassment; otherwise, he'd have been constantly red. He'd had no idea his mother had kept so many of his childhood things.

5 - Gabbi at Top 2 Bottom Reviews
"I really loved this book! I was so enthralled by the storyline; I read the book in one setting. Both Jason and Ferran are well-written and unique characters that I found very appealing. Even the secondary characters in the book, lived and breathed off of the written page. Ms. Z's descriptive writing swept me away to other worlds, where I could easily visualize the characters surroundings as easily as if I were standing there with them. Most importantly, I loved the emotional connection and bond between Jason and Ferran. Never once did I believe they were not meant to be together, and I loved how they felt like two-halves of one whole."

5 - Jenre at Well Read
"Cari Z has written a complex, character based science fiction romance story which blends the SF effortlessly with the romance. I highly recommend Changing Worlds... to those looking for a well written and intricate story, with sympathetic characters and a fantastical (yet also wholly realistic) setting."

5 - Alex at Between the Covers
"I really enjoyed this novel. The characters were well-fleshed out and came in a variety of flavors, from the stoic Penelope to the goofy doctor, to the main characters, who struggle with their differences about how life should be.... Changing Worlds explores multiple facets of facing a new and different culture.... For me, this story did all those things right, creating an environment (both socially and physically) that wasn't deadly, but wasn't all that healthy for Jason either."

5 - Cole at The Armchair Reader
"I am almost overwhelmed to review this because there's so much I could talk about. This novel seems to have everything and is a huge success for this author.... The pacing is superb and the balance of the relationship, world building, and politics is admirable.... I was also surprised by the direction the story took on several occasions, which kept me on my toes."

5 - Elisa Rolle at Reviews and Ramblings
"A sweet, almost old fashioned romance...this remembered me the old futuristic romances I read when I was a teenager, futuristic wasn’t really a popular genre, or at least it wasn’t in comparison to the historical romance, but I did enjoy some of those novels, and I found again that enjoyment in Changing Worlds. I enjoyed the evolution of both characters, that of Ferran is more marked, basically is also the purpose of the story, but also Jason changed a little, becoming more open, less aloof, opening his heart to others other than Ferran."

4.5 - Jay at Joyfully Jay
"Cari Z does an amazing job with the world building in this story, and everything is developed so beautifully. We learn about all facets of Perelan life -- weather, language, culture, dress, customs, etc -- in an incredibly detailed way that feels natural and never like an info dump. Perelan and those who live there just come to life in this story and I felt I could envision it completely.... I loved getting a chance to revisit Ferran's cousins Neyarr and Parrel, as well as meeting Ferran's mother, the Perelan ambassador, the twin's younger brother, and others. But most especially I love Jason and Ferran together and enjoyed seeing how they are building their lives together. Definitely a great story. "

4.5 - Darien at Pants Off Reviews
"Overall, I loved this book! There is enough action to keep the reader interested, the politics and daily life of living on Perelan will keep you glued to the pages. Jason and Ferran together are lava hot, and set the pages on fire. Their road is not an easy one, but you will love the ride their journey takes you on."

4 - Valentina at The Romance Reviews
"This book is rich with world descriptions. It's probably one of the most detailed m/m romances I've read.... I did truly like the final twists and trials, only I thought they should have started much sooner."

4 - Don at Hearts on Fire Reviews
"This was a very well done romantic sci-fi story.... The world building in this book was phenomenal.... I loved Jason and Ferren as a couple and as maturing men. All of the characters in the story were well developed.... I recommend this book not just to sci-fi fans but to anyone looking for something different in a romance story."

4 - Vanessa at VC Erotica
"I find that a lot of authors who delve into this genre just don't really do much in world-building which makes it hard for me as a reader to really believe in the characters and their plight or what the heck is going on and why. Cari Z's attention to detail about this world is extraordinary and on top of that she created characters who are realistic and believable and worth rooting for. Though the major conflict takes awhile to happen, when it does, you root for the main characters even more. Even if M/M sci-fi is not your thing, there's still much to appreciate about this book that makes it worth checking out. "


71,000 words

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978-1-937058-30-2 (print)
978-1-937058-31-9 (ebook)

Cover Art

Nathie Block


M/M, science fiction, interspecies, violence