From the book: "It's a moot point, of course, but one that can get people excited over a shell of beers."
Ah, the old ambiguous ending. When you run across it you're lead to one of two conclusions: either the end of the story was not important to the story itself, or the author had no idea how to end his story so he defaulted to ambiguity. Alas, this feels like a story which fits into the latter category. The important central ingredient of a well-executed ambiguous ending is missing: protagonist agency. We're told from page 1 that our hero has no opinion at all on the coming events, and may even have been chosen specifically to serve as protagonist due to his neutrality. Well that's all fine and good, but it doesn't tell us one thing about the denouement.
Otherwise well written, although it feels a little bit like opening someone's diary in the middle and reading the forty-fifth entry without any context.
(review of free book)