Thursday, November 12, 2015

All the Childhood You Can Afford, by Daniel Suarez

Twelve Tomorrows, 2015; ~9,100 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

In Gavin's world, children have to pay for everything, and often can't even afford to be born until long after their parents are dead. He's 16 today, in a dead-end school that doesn't teach him what he really wants to know.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: This is a coming-of-age story. Gavin really is right to want to leave school, painful though it was to be thrown out. His work with C earned him some attention from the union programmer, and leaves us with the feeling he's going to be okay.

Con: The premise is rather silly. Gavin succeeds at the end because of the kindness of others, not because of anything he himself does. It's particularly disturbing that he just lets his counselor steal from him--it's hard to root for a wimp.

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