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This space opera starts with two story lines, the first about children snatched from their world by a moralistic culture that believes it is saving them from a terrible fate (even if they are losing their families and their cultures), and the the second about an attempted rescue of a disabled spaceship still inhabited by a mind the rescuers consider a family member. It is hard not to give any spoilers, but the ending left my mouth open. Coming across a story like this once in a while makes it worth enduring many lesser works.

The story is available free from the author's website.

The real world analogies are numerous, but as science fiction the author can define the situation with enough complexity that there is no clear answer, but nevertheless keep it sufficiently simple to be starkly defined.

Date: 2014-06-24 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ruthling.livejournal.com
I like this story a lot, but maybe with your introduction or maybe with my knowledge of tropes, I wasn't so very floored by the ending. Wasn't 100% convinced, either, that the thing worked or why they would bother.

I like that the ending is bittersweet for the main character. I love how they give them such generic girl names. Some very nice touches.

Date: 2014-06-25 07:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robot-culinaire.livejournal.com
The names were so generic it was creepy. It is so easy imagine confused little Vietnamese girls carted off to America and called Catherine and Johanna.

Did you notice that the Dai Viet in the story are all female? I believe that this was not only unexplained, it was completely unremarked. Of course, if they had been all male, most people wouldn't have noticed.

Date: 2014-06-26 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ruthling.livejournal.com
yes, and yes. There were details in this story I really really liked. And the writing was stellar. I just didn't quite buy the central key idea.

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