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Transcendence, by Shay Savage


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.


Oh. My. God! This book was A-MA-ZING!!!!!!!!! I LOVED IT! I LOVED IT! I LOVED IT! I can’t believe how much I loved this book!

I just finished it and to be honest, I think I’m probably not in shape to review it right now, but it’s one of those book that when you turn the last page, you just need to tell the world to go grab a copy and read it already. I’m that close to wake up everybody in my house (regardless of the time) and gush over this book.

To be honest, I wasn’t too sure what I was getting myself into when I picked it. I had read the blurb once and then moved on but it just stayed with me. And for some reason, I was just compelled to look for it again. It was really like this book chose me more than the other way around… Okay, I’m gonna stop there because it really starts to sound like I’m talking about how I met a guy and how it was written in the stars, even though I’m talking about a book. I guess I’m still high from the story.

“In the darkness of the cave, there is a light inside her eyes that makes my heart beat faster. I know the emotions I see there are also reflected in my own gaze though I have never felt this way before. Beh softly repeats the same three sounds, followed by my name-sound.”

So, the book. I was really wondering how the author was going to make her story interesting with a main character that doesn’t speak. I asked myself the same question when I started reading Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, and that was one of the thing that made me feel like giving those books a try. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed! In both cases.
Shay Savage has mastered this story and I was hooked from the moment I started reading to the last line of the book. The fact that there are no dialogue really isn’t a problem here. You can barely notice it and you actually feel like there is a lot of communication between the characters in this book. Even more so than if there were dialogues.

I LOVED the characters. More than once I wished I could find myself my own personal caveman. No laughing please. I know how that sounds (and the reality of it would probably be much, much different) but still, it’s true.
Ehd, even though he can’t speak is very intelligent, caring and in desperate need of company. I really loved his character and it was very interesting to see his reactions and his priorities, especially in contrast to Beh’s.
It was really cute and I often found myself smiling at Ehd’s comments on how “odd” Beh was and how “noisy” she is compared to his standards, how “moody” she is at times and why sometimes she says “yes” to something at times and then “no” without any apparent reason, why is she so intent on privacy when she takes a bath or goes to relieve herself, etc…Ehd is very practical in his thinking and actions and it was cute, funny, sweet and interesting to see him wonder why Beh did what she did.

It was especially funny when Beh surprises Ehd by showing him the different ways of making love when he thought there was only one. It seems cavemen were very much into doggy-style!

“I definitely like it–lips and mouths and tongues together. When my tongue runs over my own lips, I can taste her there, and it’s as if she’s laid claim to me.” 

Beh’s character was also perfect for me. In short, I found her great. And perfect for Ehd. Not once was I annoyed with any of the characters in this story. I really liked seeing how their relationship evolved and how they reacted to each other’s differences and oddities.

What I really liked about this book, is that you are able to understand both characters even though they are so different. I can’t say much more on that part because I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, but it was truly fascinating.

“She may be strange; she may not know how to make baskets, and she may be very noisy, but she is my mate, and I’m thrilled she is here.” 

Ehd and Beh’s relationship was wonderful to read and to follow. It was touching and loving, and sweet and funny. I could go on like that for a very long time, but I won’t. You’d all get bored I think. Nevertheless, I loved them. I have a huge crush on the both of them.

And I found Ehd….priorities very funny to read about. Especially when you consider Beh’s view on them. This book was also funny on many aspects. And there are a lot of funny and cute moments between Ehd and Beh but also just reading Ehd’s thoughts was hilarious at times.

I wondered where Shay Savage was taking her story. More than once. Not that I was bored with the story, on the contrary. But I really wondered where she was going with it because of the setting of this story. But I absolutely loved what she did with it. The last chapter brought tears to my eyes, it was so beautiful (and God knows I am not a crier) and the epilogue was just perfect in my opinion. I just loved it! I loved the whole thing!

“My life with Beh was beautiful, transcending everything that set us apart from each other.”

Shay Savage wrote an amazing book and a wonderful story. If I could give more than five stars to this book I would. It takes a great author to be able to convey such feelings in a book with no dialogue. I cannot recommend it enough. Everyone should read this book. EVERYONE. So far, it is my favorite this year.
And now I’m off to chew everybody’s ears off about it and force them to read it 🙂

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5160667Always looking for a storyline and characters who fall outside the norm, Shay Savage’s tales have a habit of evoking some extreme emotions from fans. She prides herself on plots that are unpredictable and loves to hear it when a story doesn’t take the path assumed by her readers. With a strong interest in psychology, Shay loves to delve into the dark recesses of her character’s brains- and there is definitely some darkness to be found! Though the journey is often bumpy, if you can hang on long enough you won’t regret the ride. You may not always like the characters or the things they do, but you’ll certainly understand them.

Shay Savage lives in Ohio with her husband and two children. She’s an avid soccer fan, loves vacationing near the ocean, enjoys science fiction in all forms, and absolutely adores all of the encouragement she has received from those who have enjoyed her work. 


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