Exchange

Rated 4.17/5 based on 6 reviews
Isolated on a distant planet, she is incarcerated for a crime she doesn’t recall. She has no name, no idea where she came from, or why she is injected with drugs to hold these vital facts from her grasp. Despite small rebellions, she wastes away, worn and losing hope of ever being whole again. Then he arrives. Claiming to hold the answers burned daily from her brain, he offers her a way out.

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Words: 9,790
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465866042
About Rachel Rossano

I have loved the written word from the moment my mother first sat down to read me a story. A well woven story is a joy to read and leaves the reader with a sense of completion, yet wanting more. That is what I am striving for in my work.

I am a wife with young children who need constant attention. Currently I spend my days happily chasing little ones, changing diapers, and filling tummies. Writing and editing fit in the spaces but are never far from my thoughts.

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EXCHANGE by Rachel Rossano
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Reviews

Review by: Carol on March 18, 2013 :
I don't see many sci-fi/romance shorts so this intrigued me. As a short, it moved well initially portraying the prison situation and memory tampering then moving to the rescue. It was a little vague in some areas as it moved on so it might have benefited from being a little longer.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kae W on March 29, 2012 :
This was a pretty good short story. I did enjoy it but the ending seemed to be lacking in detail for me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Miss Mae on March 06, 2012 :
I've wanted to read this story for quite a long time, and now I have. It's excellent. Love the romance, the characters' past, the mystery of why Myah was forced to endure her "experiments". Ms. Rossano has an art of creating her descriptions to put you "there" in the setting. You felt the cold air that the jets hissed out when they wanted Myah to awaken, the dread of those awful needles about to plunge into her arms, the total confusion and disorientation of "why am I here?"

My only nitpick, if I can call it that, is for the dialogue to feel more natural, the characters should speak often in contractions. To always read "I am going" or "you will be fine" is distracting and has the tendency of jerking you from the believability of the story.

Overall, though, this story is a five-star winner, and well deserved!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: tiffany on Jan. 04, 2012 :
This was a satisfying futuristic short story by Ms. Rossano. Myah is captured and Ruhan is going to do everything in his power to save her. This is a story about true love and doing what is best for the one you love, rather than yourself. I would enjoy reading more about the characters. I would be thrilled to read Ramend's story! This was just what I need today. A romance filled with action and adventure in the future.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: tiffany on Jan. 04, 2012 :
This was a statisfying futuristic short story by Ms. Rossano. Myah is caputued and Ruhan is going to do everything in his power to save her. This is a story about true love and doing what is best for the one you love, rather than yourself. I would enjoy reading more about the characters. I would be thrilled to read Ramend's story! This was just what I need today. A romance filled with action and adventure in the future.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Honour on Nov. 21, 2011 :
For a novella it is actually a pretty decent one. I start with 'for a novella' because usually the limitation of words either results in a rush of sequences or in untidy, abrupt narration. Neither style is very fulfilling.

In Exchange, the story is told by a female 'earthward' prisoner who can't remember anything of her past except several instances of her ineffectual rebellion against her silent guards and their painful consequences. Her life is spent in a sterile haze, alone, angry and scared.
Then a man arrives. He stands out from all the other prisoners who shun her because she still resists. His colour, his features, his strength all set him apart from the pale, weak humanoids who fill the prison halls.
Unexpectedly he focuses on her and for the first time she feels someone else's concern for her well being.
And no matter how much she wants to push him away he wont leave her alone.

In a short few chapters we understand the trauma 'Myah' has been going through, how alone and disoriented she feels all the time, the hope 'Ruhan' brings to her world and the bewildering rush of memories that follow.

Set far in the future, this is as much a romance as it is a story of escaping a prison where they are unfairly held and regaining the freedom that was taken away.

What I really liked ---

> The gravity of having ones memories taken away and then returned a long time later is not trivialized. It messes with ones head, and messed with Myah's a lot.
> The connection between Myah and Ruhan was sweet and restrained. It suited the story.
> The descriptions of everyday life of a prisoner whose every need is taken care of by programmed bots that were never intended to compensate for human distresses was carefully thought out and well written.

What gave me pause ---

> Despite not knowing whether she had always been in this prison, Myah seemed to have a surprising knowledge of a few things that should have been out of her grasp. Green summer grass, for instance. (Then again, their 'exercise yard' was not well described - it's possible that it had green grass, though unlikely) Also the fact that most of the prisoners are 'earthwarders'. How could she know that when she couldn't recall what Ruhan was?
> The escape was actually quite easily orchestrated. The story didn't linger on how it was possible for Ruhan to almost walk free from their respective chambers to the landing pad.

But there was nothing I really disliked. It is a good novella and probably deserves 3.5 stars. I hope there is a sequel that delves deeper into this world. I would give that one a shot.

DISCLOSURE: The author supplied me with a copy on the condition that I write an objective review. Here I've tried to keep my word.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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