This novella brings us back to the series roots of interstellar events occurring as a backdrop to regular people’s normal lives. But this normal person is the gifted sixteen-year-old nephew of Bobbie Draper, so how normal is he? Certainly normal enough for some health doses of adolescent angst while he gets mixed up in the seedy side of life on Mars.

This story is about David, but its also about Bobbie on Mars during her short “retirement.” It’s about the Draper family as a whole, and Martian society, and another planet teetering on the brink of the unknown as events in the greater system continue to spin out of control.

Enjoyable for fans for the series, but not necessary to the greater story line. I might be the wrong gender and the wrong age for this story to truly speak to me, but Corey’s writing never fails to delight anyway.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

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