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Open Earth by Sarah Mirk, Eva Cabrera, & Claudia Aguirre | Spoiler-Free ARC Review

38494007Title: Open Earth
Author: Sarah Mirk, Eva Cabrera, & Claudia Aguirre
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Genre(s): Adult/Erotica, Science Fiction, Sci-Fi
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 107
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Synopsis

Rigo is a young woman of her time: specifically, the time just after the collapse of Earth. After living her whole life on a small space station orbiting the planet, the cultural norms and rules of her Californian parents are just history to her. In between work shifts at the station air farm, Rigo explores her own desires, developing openly polyamorous relationships with her friends and crewmates. When she starts to feel one of those relationships change, however, Rigo must balance her new feelings with the stability of her other relationships, as well as the hard-earned camaraderie of a small crew floating in the vastness of space. But, as the ship motto goes, “Honesty keeps us alive.”

A heartfelt, positive, and erotic look at one woman’s adventure in love and sex, as a new generation learns to make their own rules and follow their own hearts.


Review

After hearing Chelsea and Julie talk about this one, I was super eager to get my hands on this one!

Upon reading it, I actually really enjoyed it, but I didn’t absolutely fall in love with it.

This graphic novel takes place in the near-future, where the US goes to complete hell and those who live in a succeeded California are able to escape to space. We then follow our MC, Rigo, who is in open polyamorous relationships with some of the fellow crew members.

What drew me to this graphic novel was definitely the polyamorous relationships. I don’t think we see enough poly rep, especially positive poly rep. I really love the way the poly relationships were handled, including the communication, worries, and changing preferences.

I also love that this graphic novel had a plus-sized main character that was confident in her sexuality. While Rigo does begin to question things about her relationships, she never loses her confidence. Oh, and I really enjoy that comments about the MC’s body never really come up, unless it’s during a sexy time scene and it’s part of the sexy time.

One thing I wasn’t expecting, but I really enjoyed was the use of Spanish in this graphic novel. As mentioned above, California succeeded from the US and they declared Spanish their official language. Because of this, the characters sometimes go into Spanish when talking to each other. My knowledge of Spanish is pretty limited, I took Spanish 1 and 2 in high school…and that’s about it. That being said, I was able to figure out most of the Spanish comments through context clues or through my limited knowledge.

It was also nice to see a Latina MC with a solid relationship with her parents. It felt so wholesome and sweet. There was one scene with the parents that had me actually laugh out loud. If you read the graphic novel, you’ll know what scene. But it’s a bit of a visual gag and I loved it.

Now, with all that good, I did want to address what lowered my rating.

I know this is a graphic novel and there are (most likely) going to be more volumes to build on the plot. That being said, the plot for this one was cute but not as climatic as I was hoping it would be. I am curious to see where this series goes, but I did want a bit more from the first volume.

Final Thoughts

This is a great read for those of you that like more contemporary graphic novels (yes it’s technically sci-fi and it’s in space, but plot-wise, it’s pretty contemporary). I loved how the polyamorous relationships were handled, how the family dynamic was addressed, and how confident our MC is. However, I did want a bit more from the plot. Though, I’m curious to see how this series continues.

I do still recommend this one though! Contemporaryathon round 3 is happening in September and depending on the challenges, this may be a great pick! Oh and if you don’t mind some sexy time, those scenes were pretty fun too.

Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ – 3.75/5 Stars


**HUGE thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for providing me with an advance copy for review!**
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