Adventurously broad and inventive part one of a middle grade epic - solidly action-packed sci-fi, featuring school-age protagonists struggling to save the day with mysterious baddies and aliens battling over the solar system and galaxy.
Reading for fun, threads over the years of scifi, history, social movements and justice, farming, philosophy. I actively work to balance out the white male default in what I read, but have a long way to go.
He/they for the praxis.
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On the one hand, this is fictive academic non-fiction, with the conceit of oral histories to make it direct and also obviate even a latent plot or characterization. On the other hand, it is communal utopia spun from our current set of dystopias, centering imagined voices young and old across a range of questions of care and process and identity and standing up together as our world came apart and we needed each other.
Incredible pace and a depth of painful experiences that beautifully if implausibly bend towards light and attempting to right wrongs when our characters break loose and are able to reflect. Despite some structural misgivings, I loved everywhere this went.
Smart cozy skewering of English class and respectability, old Europe's wonder and modern sensibility, flipping effortlessly between interior mental changes and a range of characters observations with the author's judgement right alongside.