Maelstrom – Yaoi Light Novel Series Review

First off I want to give a big congratulations to Y Press Games for reaching their funding goal for the Indiegogo campaign for the Maelstrom Yaoi Visual Novel project a game I have high hopes for if my review last week.

In the trailer for the game they mention the story for this title is based on the bestseller novel series by Yamila Abraham, so today I want to take a look at the lovely series in question and why for a long time it was my favourite series to read on my kindle.

Demetri is a man haunted by a mistake in his past and now he paying for that mistake on the dangerous planet of Secren. He needs to do whatever it takes to survive on this unfamiliar world but can he get past his own heterosexuality to so what it really takes to survive. Looking back now after not reading this title for years I can see now why this aspect of the plot could be off putting for some readers.

Internalized homophobia was a common trope in a lot of yaoi stories in the early 2010’s and even worse before then, with the trope I am only gay for him being a common cop out plot in a lot of early 2000’s plot, you just have to read my review of Close the Last door where I touch on this subject. It is however, a little different of a circumstance with the story of Maelstrom though I can not say if this makes things better of worse for some readers. At the beginning of the story Demetri clearly states that he is straight and has no interest in men in a sexual way, but I will say the exploration the story takes into the exploration of love versus sexuality is one of the stronger points of the story and it is a theme I would love to see further explored in the upcoming visual novel.

Malstrum is the main love interest within the novel series who is introduced as Helix in the trailer in the game. He makes it clear early on he wants to be with Demetri and makes it clear to him that this is a world he will need help in.

Another character worth mentioning which I failed to mention in the previous post about the visual novel is the comedic relief of the story, that being Brainbox. He is the device attached to Demetri’s pack that is his internal translator so that Demetri can communicate with others, so he is a voice in his head that feeds him important information. He makes a for a fascinating plot device to introduce the world to the reader and as the story moves forward his own dry wit brings many an amusing moment within the story.

Though not one of Yamila Abraham’s best titles on Kindle (I will continue to stand that her best work on Kindle is Her Twin Brother) this was the title that got me hooked on her novels and is a must read for any fan of her work as well as a great read who want more from this wonderful world after playing the demo for the upcoming game.

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