BOOK REVIEW: The Rise of O-Girl

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The Rise of O-Girl
Anita B. Rutten

Trigger warnings: This review contains explicit content (sex!) and discussion about rape. Continue at your own risk.

The Rise of O-Girl is a short story about a super heroine whose secret power is lightning orgasms that fry her partner to a crisp. She’s on a vendetta to find her sister’s murderer and will stop at nothing to get her revenge. Her origin story as a super hero is also covered.

At 22 pages, this is a pretty quick read for anyone, and if you’re just in it for titillation, you won’t have to wait long. There are lots of sex scenes starting from page 1. I’d say the price point of $2.99 is a bit high for 22 pages, but I’m a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to buying books.

The shortness of it also left me confused. It leaves the story at a cliffhanger, without any indication as to whether this is part one of a series or if that was the end. It’s an indication that the story compelled me enough to want to know what happened to O-Girl’s sister. Her origin story felt like it could have had more depth to it, as well, so I’m a bit puzzled as to why it’s so short when there’s plenty there to expand on. It wasn’t as though the author lacked for ideas.

I had mixed feelings about the sex scenes. This is erotica, not just general romance, so I went in expecting some pretty hardcore sex. If the book had been dealing with just sex, they would have been quite hot and steamy.

But I felt emotionally conflicted because quite a few of them she was basically allowing herself to be raped or at least letting her attacker believe that they were raping her so that she could use her super power on them. She was essentially helpless unless she orgasmed while a man she hated fucked her. I…still can’t decide how I feel about that. On some level, it feels like it’s subverting the rape and giving her power, but it also felt like her power was putting her in a position that to feel powerful she had to submit herself to some pretty awful things, which makes me question whether it’s really a power worth having and using.

I hadn’t really expected this book to be feministly thought provoking, but it was. It’s been a few weeks since I finished it and I’m still on the fence about whether it’s pushing the envelope on female sexual empowerment or just a revenge trope turned on its head.

With a few more chapters and a clearer ending, I think I would recommend this as an interesting read.

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