I really enjoyed this collection. Lots of good stories all written to a high standard. Patty Jansen has many stories based on heroines of different cultural backgrounds, and it's also good to see science fiction stories that are set in Australia, like "Highway". My favourite stories were "Little Boy Lost", which creeped me out, and "Never on a Birthday", which was both clever in concept and quite poignant. The fantasy stories are less successful overall than the science-fiction ones, but they are still interestingly done and avoid cliche. Good stuff!
A familiar concept that has been executed well and with a lot of sensitivity to its teenaged protagonists: their ethical dilemmas and their struggle for survival - or, even more important, for dignity. As each story with its different central character progresses, a detailed and well-thought out world emerges.
A really intriguing concept and some lovely world-building -there was a great depth of detail and the world felt three dimensional. It was at times a little wordy for me, but my main problem was with the main character Elanoria, who at times, and particularly at the beginning of the book, seemed a lot younger and more naive than her stated age. Overall, it was an interesting, original and enjoyable book.