The Pet Project
My people collected-- (Captured.) --all the bi-pedal inhabitants of a small blue planet in a galaxy that was quite a journey from our own star system. Tender-skinned and intelligent, these new aliens make interesting pets. Fascinating, actually. And when the rest of the universe realizes this, everybody wants to own one. Therefore, we need these new aliens to breed. It’s my job to assist the aliens in reproducing… by whatever means I deem necessary. **Note: this is a 20K Short Story Gothic Horror-ish/Science Fiction Romance. This is a deviation from my other stories, i.e., pretty absent of humor. Honestly, it’s a little messed up. This is not where you’ll find your Christmas cheer this year… unless you’re a little twisted too. Trigger warnings for those who could be triggered by triggerish material. 18+. Important word of advice: Do NOT read this story while swimming. Not because it has anything at all to do with water--it doesn’t--but because your e-reading device could be damaged. (You’re welcome.)

The Pet Project Details

TitleThe Pet Project
Author
ReleaseDec 21st, 2019
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Aliens, Horror

The Pet Project Review

  • T00zday
    January 1, 1970
    I grabbed this one because it was Amanda Milo.It was odd, dark and kind of sweet/disturbing.The entire story is told from the alien/non-human POV.Aliens come to earth and discover humans. (Refer to us as ‘tenders’ due to tender skin/fragile) Humans become the hottest pets to have for most of the universe. Nothing sexual between aliens and humans.They find that many humans die in captivity and they can’t seem to make any humans breed well to make more. It’s kind of dark. You know how you think I grabbed this one because it was Amanda Milo.It was odd, dark and kind of sweet/disturbing.The entire story is told from the alien/non-human POV.Aliens come to earth and discover humans. (Refer to us as ‘tenders’ due to tender skin/fragile) Humans become the hottest pets to have for most of the universe. Nothing sexual between aliens and humans.They find that many humans die in captivity and they can’t seem to make any humans breed well to make more. It’s kind of dark. You know how you think the traits of two dogs or cats would make the most adorable puppies/kittens so people try to breed specific pairs? Now apply that to this story...The main POV is a new Alien researcher who is trying to successfully breed ‘tenders’ in a lab environment.Sort of an HEA at the end. Humans are still pets, but the main guy is working on a translator & realize humans need to be happy.Recommended if you’re ok with dark subject matter.
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  • Amanda Perkins
    January 1, 1970
    A divergence from the genre Milo usually pens, The Pet Project is an interesting piece of fiction that leaves more questions than answers. But be aware: this is not a romance novel, at least not in the way we've come to expect them.Even before reading her afterward thoughts, it's easy to see the idea for this piece came into being around the same time as Contaminated and Contagion. And you know what? I'm really digging these scientific male alien POVs. They're a hoot. This is certainly a bit A divergence from the genre Milo usually pens, The Pet Project is an interesting piece of fiction that leaves more questions than answers. But be aware: this is not a romance novel, at least not in the way we've come to expect them.Even before reading her afterward thoughts, it's easy to see the idea for this piece came into being around the same time as Contaminated and Contagion. And you know what? I'm really digging these scientific male alien POVs. They're a hoot. This is certainly a bit different take on human pets in space. It's more what would possibly happen if the aliens stopped trying to mate humans and kept them as...actual pets. It's not the first time I've seen it, but it's definitely a less grim take.
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  • Serena Buffaloe
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda Milo wrote it - therefore I Want it !! Ok, I just finished this book . Did it have " bad " moments ?? Yes ! But it was written from the view of an Observer. Would that be third person ??? Anywhoo, it wasn't what I was expecting, not at all. In this short story we find several humans , one female and three makes . They are essentially " lab humans " , in a breeding program. The main character, a Alien ( from our POV ) . His name is Dr XAN' - Tay,~ , and he is very happy and proud to be Amanda Milo wrote it - therefore I Want it !! Ok, I just finished this book . Did it have " bad " moments ?? Yes ! But it was written from the view of an Observer. Would that be third person ??? Anywhoo, it wasn't what I was expecting, not at all. In this short story we find several humans , one female and three makes . They are essentially " lab humans " , in a breeding program. The main character, a Alien 👽 ( from our POV ) . His name is Dr XAN' - Tay,~ , and he is very happy and proud to be included in this experiment. On his planet , humans are very sought after " pets " that are swiftly becoming extinct !! Mostly due to lack of understanding, and the humans inability to have Any sort of survival type of instincts. Also they shed uncontrollably hair, nails , even skin cells !! They have to be kept warm , or cool , depending on environment and individual needs. And most laboratory births are few and often lead to deaths. Humans are susceptible to most bacteria and germs !!! Expensive beasts !!! Anywho , Dr X is in charge of this breeding facility, and he intends to get results !! The previous Dr just up and left one day . Dr X was not told the why . He is left with TUBS of documents and information that are in No discernable order , and he Must get results . So , how to start ??? He becomes find of the female , who he calls " Pet " . And together , they find what works . And what Doesn't !! Let has a preference of the three makes , but is not allowed to choose herself. Dr X soon learns through trial and error , that to get what results he desires , he has to LISTEN .... And even though there is a language barrier , they must all rise above it !! Even though this book was Very different from AMANDA MILO'S Usual stories , I didn't think it was all that different . Because her main topic is LOVE 💘💘💘 IF you love her writing as much as I do , then this book is a must read !!!
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  • Rainbow_Unicorn
    January 1, 1970
    **Rainbow_Unicorn Reviews**SPOILERS AHEADSo this is a pretty fucked up plot, but boy it was awesome!!People are called tenders; chicken tenders came to mind and it was hard to ignore. Anyway they are essentially prisoners to these aliens who obviously want them as pets. We are basically reading about a scientists observations with breeding them and their behaviour. Some scenes are a bit confronting, but really added to the morbidity of the story. I was glued to my kindle the whole time and was **Rainbow_Unicorn Reviews**SPOILERS AHEADSo this is a pretty fucked up plot, but boy it was awesome!!People are called tenders; chicken tenders came to mind and it was hard to ignore. Anyway they are essentially prisoners to these aliens who obviously want them as pets. We are basically reading about a scientists observations with breeding them and their behaviour. Some scenes are a bit confronting, but really added to the morbidity of the story. I was glued to my kindle the whole time and was somewhat attracted to a male called Beastly.. mmm.In a fucked up way we have some form of a HEA. I would love to read this as a proper series. It was disturbing but I loved it.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    The Pet ProjectOkay this was definitely a different book but I truly did like it. Beastly and Pet were very much in love and even though the perspective was from the doctor you could feel all the emotions with these characters. They came alive and caught your attention. The world building was very unique and fascinating. Ms. Milo thank you for being such an amazing author and bringing such a wonderful story across so well thought out and executed. I would recommend this book.
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  • Kristi
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting story on what if humans were treated like not-fully sentient creatures like humans treat dolphins and various creatures on earth.There is romance but only shown as witnessed by the alien scientist. I found it a fascinating read and was really rooting for everyone to have a happy life.
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  • Courtney Green
    January 1, 1970
    I Give this book a 5/5 Star Rating.HEA(?): In My Eyes, Yes. Its a very Unique One! :DDrama: 3/5Suspense: 3.5/5Heat: 3.5-4/5Romance: This is a tricky one to answer, but 4.5/5Dark: In My Eyes, Nope so No Dark Rating from me. But the concept itself may be, in other reader eyes.No Spoilers.Overall Concept: 5/5(!!!) This is such a unique story and I’m soooooo in love with it! And I Will Always Remember This Book!Some people will not like this storyline, but I love it! I Can’t Wait to read more Books I Give this book a 5/5 Star Rating.HEA(?): In My Eyes, Yes. Its a very Unique One! :DDrama: 3/5Suspense: 3.5/5Heat: 3.5-4/5Romance: This is a tricky one to answer, but 4.5/5Dark: In My Eyes, Nope so No Dark Rating from me. But the concept itself may be, in other reader eyes.No Spoilers.Overall Concept: 5/5(!!!) This is such a unique story and I’m soooooo in love with it! And I Will Always Remember This Book!Some people will not like this storyline, but I love it! I Can’t Wait to read more Books Like This!!There’s so much I Want to Talk About(!), but I don’t like to give things away if I really enjoy a story.Reading reviews ahead of time is not a good idea, nor is reading spoilers, unless your not an open minded reader I guess?I am always desperate for a new Amanda Milo book and will always preorder them immediately as soon as I spot one.I would love to read Prime’s story if he gets one!
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  • Vixen
    January 1, 1970
    Surprised EnjoymentDid appreciate the warnings so decided to try it out. It really was clever of the author to do it from the Alien’s point of view since it created distance to what was happening. But what was most important was the Alien does care if his charges are happy and healthy. He simply does not see humans as evolved but as highly intelligent animals and wants every comfort for them. It was very interesting seeing it from his POV and liked the epilogue and considered the story too short Surprised EnjoymentDid appreciate the warnings so decided to try it out. It really was clever of the author to do it from the Alien’s point of view since it created distance to what was happening. But what was most important was the Alien does care if his charges are happy and healthy. He simply does not see humans as evolved but as highly intelligent animals and wants every comfort for them. It was very interesting seeing it from his POV and liked the epilogue and considered the story too short since wanted the story of the other couple as well. Enjoyed the epilogue of how decades into the future and how all are doing. Definitely want more!
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  • Alexandra G.
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars Damn , that was weird. I'm weird because I enjoyed the hell out of this book.It's just such an interesting take on aliens and pets and the bonds between people.You would not believe how much I liked this book. It's a little disturbing when you think that this could happen if aliens would exist. And I'm pretty sure that's exactly how we would react in captivity.Freaking loved the trivias at the end. And I find the author's mind and inspiration completely fascinating.No regrets. 4.5 stars Damn , that was weird. I'm weird because I enjoyed the hell out of this book.It's just such an interesting take on aliens and pets and the bonds between people.You would not believe how much I liked this book. It's a little disturbing when you think that this could happen if aliens would exist. And I'm pretty sure that's exactly how we would react in captivity.Freaking loved the trivias at the end. And I find the author's mind and inspiration completely fascinating.No regrets. Definitely recommend if you also find the description and reviews interesting.
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  • Jordyn Kross
    January 1, 1970
    This story is well-written, a lesson in POV, and kind of disturbing. Milo is a master of letting us see what the non-POV characters are feeling by showing us their behavior through the eyes of the POV character. I also appreciate the brilliant creative mind that can come up with this scenario. So the romance, I'm torn. Kind of? It's not with the POV. So, I'm categorizing this as erotic horror. Because as you read it, if you take the role of the humans or "tenders" in the story...well I'll leave This story is well-written, a lesson in POV, and kind of disturbing. Milo is a master of letting us see what the non-POV characters are feeling by showing us their behavior through the eyes of the POV character. I also appreciate the brilliant creative mind that can come up with this scenario. So the romance, I'm torn. Kind of? It's not with the POV. So, I'm categorizing this as erotic horror. Because as you read it, if you take the role of the humans or "tenders" in the story...well I'll leave it to you to read. I would have loved for this to be a longer book.
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