Despite it’s placement in the series order recommended by Goodreads, I’m glad that I read “The Churn” after book 8, Tiamat’s Wrath. Names are important in this book, and Amos hasn’t always been known as Amos Burton.

In a way, this novella is as much about Earth as it is about Baltimore, and as much about who Amos used to be as about the society he left. We also visit Jim Holden’s family and original home on Earth in both the books and the series, but the two men’s origins are as different as an Inner and a Belter, despite being from the same planet and even the same continent.

“The Churn” is even more intriguing to read for someone who now claims Baltimore as her adopted city. Neighborhood and even individual street names are recognizable to my lived experience, creating even more intense layers in the amazing universe created by Corey.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

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