My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Ivory Prison is a free story written for the Love Is Always Write event on the Goodreads M/M Romance group.
The Ivory Prison is about Gabriel, a young man who has been held in a research facility for his entire life. He’s not even allowed to communicate with others, and other boys at the facility often vanish without trace. Things change, however, when the lab gets a new researcher in charge, who brings along her son, Lukas. Lukas and Gabriel start to form a connection that not only changes their lives, but also helps Gabriel realize his true purpose.
I really enjoyed The Ivory Prison. I’ve always been fascinated by the sort of “lab rat” stories; people who’ve been isolated and kept apart their whole lives who suddenly find themselves dealing with people and human relationships for the first time. There are some very tender and emotional scenes that really tug on the heartstrings as Gabriel struggles to become what his masters want him to be, and Lukas desperately tries to help him so he won’t be left alone.
The Ivory Prison isn’t a story about sex or desire; the protagonists are under eighteen and even kisses are only hinted at, which I have no problem with. A story can be intimate and beautiful without sex and The Ivory Prison certainly achieves this. It’s a story that’s provocative in the emotional sense; the fact that these two young men are truly alone in the world without each other really gives a sense of danger and urgency when the boys are facing a life and death situation.
My only complaint about this book is that there were a couple of misplaced apostrophes towards the end, but this is a problem that could be easily rectified in a later update. Don’t let this very minor issue stop you from enjoying a fantastic, moving read.