COTTONWOOD by R Lee Smith
They never meant to come to Earth. They were never allowed to leave…
Welcome to Cottonwood.
COTTONWOOD by R Lee Smith
There are some brilliant authors out there and I go to each of them depending on what I want to feel. But when I need to immerse myself completely in another world and forget that mine even exists, I go to R Lee Smith.
When I want to really feel a book deep down in my soul and fall in love with it’s characters, I go to R Lee Smith.
When I wan to experience something I’ve never experienced before, I go to R Lee Smith.
When I want to have my heart ripped out, beaten and then returned to me as a shadow of its former self, I go to R Lee Smith.
She is not the kind of author to fill you with temporary fluffiness, but instead, the kind that makes you think and discover dark corners of your mind that you didn’t know were even there.
This book was soul destroyingly beautiful (if you can wrap your head around that, well done, lol).
It was deep and so much more than I thought it was going to be (I, of course, should have known better. It is R Lee Smith after all).
This is a woman with a pure and innocent soul. She gets a job working for the IBI, who are meant to be helping the aliens integrate. Helping them be safe and find their own way on our planet.
Sarah goes into this thinking that she can help make a difference but is disgusted by what she sees.
Hidden from the outside world is what is basically a concentration camp.
These aliens, referred to as “Bugs”, are treated so badly, it is a wonder they have survived at all in the last 20 years since arriving accidentally on our planet.
Sarah wants to help them but, not surprisingly, is met with hostility and aggression. They don’t trust her.
Except for one male. Sanford.
The things Sarah does while trying to help as many as she can is inspiring to be honest. And everywhere she turns they are against her. But she doesn’t quit.
The punishments are brutal and terrifying.
How Ms Smith can make me feel sexually attracted to a giant bug is beyond me but, the things I feel for this “man” are deep.
He is a bug with honour, patience and respect. A father with limitless love for his son and a lover with a ribbed penis (whoop!).
The story of what happened to him and all of his brethren in the last twenty years is nothing short of heartbreaking.
The pain and suffering that they have had to endure…I don’t know about you but, I’m imagining the Jewish people back during WW2, and I can’t even…
There weren’t many but when they did come together you felt the emotional connection right along with the characters. Some of the scenes were really amusing and some quite a turn on but, that’s not what the book is about.
FINAL THOUGHTS on COTTONWOOD by R Lee Smith
I cried I laughed, I got a little turned on, I hoped, I agonised and I rejoiced, over and over throughout this book.
I felt things…lot’s of things and I thought about things that I would never have thought about before reading this story.
It is deep, dark and thought-provoking. I shall carry it in my heart for a very long time.