I couldn't put down that story after I'd picked it up. The author's portrayal is both mercilessly lucid, in this universe in which almost nobody seems to react to atrocities, and full of emotion and hopefulness in the journey of Marlene, a character endlessly driven by empathy and the need to reach out and make things better. Marlene's character, her hopes and frustrations, her many questions and slow discovery of the truth of the system are very vividly and intelligently portrayed; her relationship with Jenny, a member of the enemy alien race who becomes her best friend, is deeply moving. The writing is effective and impactful, the ending achingly thought-provoking. Tragic, powerful and beautiful. A must-read for this author!
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)