Wow- a gem of a novel! I read this in two nights- couldn't put it down. The dialogue is natural and the characters are believable. Kittrell has a gift for creating and fleshing out a storyscape in which his characters ebb and flow though both internal and external conflict. He maintains a great balance of *what* story and plot he is telling, with *how* he tells it. Many authors concentrate on the latter and we the readers end up drowning in a sea of adjectives. Not so here. I felt my perceptions of the protagonist shift from like, to distaste, to worry, and back to like again. I am beginning the sequel tonight- I hope he brings it like he did with this one! (I received this book via a LibraryThing giveaway in exchange for an honest review).
Absolutely loved this. Mix Bradbury, Heinlein, and a dash of Vonnegut and you get this short story which never stumbles in its narrative, characterization, or story arc. There are no superfluous words here. Will be keeping this on my Kindle and looking forward to reading the author's other works.