Convince Me To Read (27): Transcendence by Shay Savage

Posted January 21, 2017 by Dani in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 0 Comments

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Convince Me To Read (27): Transcendence by Shay SavageTranscendence by Shay Savage
Published by CreateSpace on February 14th 2014
ISBN: 1495416046
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction
Pages: 312
Format: ebook
Source: Amazon
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It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.


Dani’s review

I’m going to tell you all to read this now, not because this book is amazing, but because it’s so bizarre that it needs to be shared. And, despite being weird as hell, it wasn’t all that bad. The writing was good enough and the story crazy enough that I had to read it.

Let’s break it down, shall we? TRANSCENDENCE is about a girl that goes back in time accidentally to the days of hunter-gatherer cavemen. Ehd, the hero of the story, is a caveman. Beth, or Beh in ye olden days, is from now, or rather slightly in the future because, yo, time travel. Ehd is going about, minding his own business, trying to survive on his own after a tragedy struck his tribe, when lo and behold, there’s a girl covered in weird material and making lots of noise. What’s a guy to do other than to throw the girl over his shoulder and carry her home to his cave? Hmmmmmmm?

What does Beth do? She mopes about but then slowly gets her act together to survive. What doesn’t she do? Freak out enough. Sure, she freaks out on that first day, but then the most she does after that is cry. I’m sorry, but if I found myself back in that time, I would break down. Don’t tell me you guys wouldn’t do the same if you were suddenly the only Homo sapien around, surrounded by prehistoric people and animals and plants and no plumbing. Y’all know I’m right.

The whole book, aside from an epilogue, is told from Ehd’s point of view. Bear in mind that Ehd doesn’t understand language, so there’s no dialogue in this other than “Beh”, “Ehd” and “kiss” (because of course that’s the one word that Beth is able to teach him). It makes for an interesting and hilarious read, as Ehd is mostly concerned with getting food and wood, and, well, impregnating Beth. He’s obsessed with putting a baby in her. I almost went mad with how many times I had to read about him putting a baby in her.

But let’s think about this rationally. The carbon dating dates in the book are 164,230-164,235, and while I’m not entirely sure what that means (164,230BC? 162,214BC?), it goes back to before the Neolithic period (beginning around 10,000BC), as they’re not really doing the whole agriculture thing yet. Y’ALL, THIS AIN’T RIGHT. These two should not being hooking up. But Beh, instead of trying to figure out how she got stuck in the past, eventually warms to this caveman. THIS IS CRAZY. GUYS. CRAZY.

I mean, it was really cute at times, and I actually really loved reading a lot of it just because I have an interest in evolution and ancient history. BUT CRAZY. Depending on how far back in time this went, these two should not be hooking up or procreating or anything. Them children be wack.

Quickly touching on the fact that there is time travel on this… This is not science fiction. Yes, ok, time travel, you cry. Fine, there is that, but there is no real explanation for how it happened, and no one really tries to sort it out. This book is firmly in the romance category.

Overall, LOL. Read it.

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I think Jamie, and everyone else, should read TRANSCENDENCE so we can all have a giant WTF party.

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