|Trade paperback, 367 pages|
Published 2017 (originally 2016)
Acquired May 2017
Read June 2017
After largely bouncing off A Long Journey to a Small, Angry Planet, I didn't expect much out of this book, and I spent the beginning of it pretty down on the whole thing. It's less a sequel to the first book than a side story: of the two main characters of this one, one was a main character in Long Journey in a vastly different form, and the other was a character so peripheral I didn't even remember her. But halfway through the book I realized I was starting to become emotionally invested with the journeys of the two main characters, both of whom are outcasts who have to find their place in the world. The horrific but loving journey of Jane/Pepper particularly worked for me, and by the end I knew I had totally bought into the whole thing, because I was getting misty-eyed. So I'm glad I read the sequel despite my original impression of the series, and I guess I'll even be continuing onto book 3 now!
This Friday: I begin tallying up my rankings within each Hugo category, beginning with the short fiction categories!
Next Week: A book I actually know nothing about before reading it, Charlie Jane Anders's All the Birds in the Sky!