Author: Michael Loring
My Rating: 5 Stars
I feel like book genres go through a rollercoaster of popularity. Right now, there seems to be a huge push toward erotica, with thousands of new erotica novels and shorts being published every month.
Shortly after the explosion of the Twilight saga and movies, the rage was vampires and werewolves. It seemed that everyone had a supernatural story to tell and most of them centered around the inner turmoil of balancing the human they once were with the monster they’d become. With so many books in the genre, it was hard to find a standout.
Michael Loring’s DEHUMANIZED was an absolute standout for me.
Loring has a fantastic writing style, but it was his unique take on the werewolf genre that really appealed to me. In DEHUMANIZED, Ryan Zachary finds out that living as a werewolf is hardly filled with glamour. After being bitten, he’s stripped from his family, drugged, and driven to a concentration camp where other lycanthropes are kept as prisoners and treated like the animals they’ve become.
The werewolves in Loring’s story never have a chance to become the dominant hunters as they appear in so many other novels. Upon being infected, they’re immediately stripped of their freedom, their pride, and eventually their humanity. They fight amongst themselves for no other reason than overcoming the boredom of their imprisonment. Being a werewolf isn’t the exciting life that everyone expects or even a horror story; being a werewolf is the equivalent of serving a life sentence for a crime you never committed.
Ryan eventually finds friends in the inhospitable werewolf camp, even becoming attracted to his new female roommate. But in a world where your every move is watched and every aspect of your life controlled, even romance can be detrimental. Ryan had watched other werewolves being dragged away to secret laboratories but is devastated when he’s taken from even his new family, something far too reminiscent of his experiences after the initial attack.
The experiments give Ryan something no other werewolf has: the ability to change at will between the human and the monster within him. No longer does he have to wait for a full moon to change and no longer does he black out during the process.
What Loring does with the story from that point is fascinating and exciting. I won’t give any spoilers but will highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the genre.
I give this book five well-deserved stars!