Age: 24

Pages: 76 /313; 24%
ISBN: 9780765379948 

The Reason for the Reaping: Everyone needs a little science fiction in their life, and this one seemed like a interesting and modern addition to the genre.  

As I Lay Summarizing: Patricia and Laurence are weird outcasts who get tater tots thrown at their heads at school. Patricia has untapped magical nature powers, and Laurence is good with machines. It’s scifi, so you can guess what happens. *deep narrative voice* When worlds collide….

The Line That Killed Me: “He had conquered a small piece of time, and they were conquering a small piece of space. They understood, as he did, that this was a down payment. One day, they would own a much bigger share of the cosmos, or their descendants would” (31). Death by superiority, for better or worse.

Best Character: Dirrp

Why [As] You Like It: How admirable and ambitious that Anders is taking on the task of making these two worlds collide. There’s always this weird science vs. nature undertone (esp. in our time and place), so going at this dualism head on is intriguing. Scifi gets a bad rep, but honestly there’s so much to unpack and explore. Ya’ll check out more science fiction, and I’ll do the same.

Why I’m Gone, Girl: The set-up is taking a hella long time. I’m tapping my foot waiting for the worlds to collide. It is science fiction, so this world-building is necessary, but rn it’s kinda boring. Also, Patricia and Laurence are young enough for hormones to be a thing, and Anders is not afraid to play up the stereotypical melodrama, as in “nobody understands me.”

Last Line, Last Chance: “‘I’m asking you.’”

Will I turn the page, or toss it into Mount Doom?

The concept alone is good enough to turn the page. At the moment, we’re kind of lacking everywhere else, but I want to see where this goes.


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