Wednesday, January 20, 2016

In Equity, by Sarah Gallien

(Near-future SF) A thirteen-year-old orphan gets an offer from foster parents in a wealthy, walled community. There has to be a catch, but what could it be? Moving. (6,189 words)

Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

"In Equity," by appeared in the February 2016 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, published , by .

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

Pro: It's deeply moving that Cole gets to make a choice that really does affect his future. And that he's not so burned out that he can't still laugh. Cole may be a victim of the system, but it's remarkable to watch him searching for information, reasoning through the results, figuring out what's really on offer, and making the decision for himself.

Con: It's obvious from the start that there's going to be some form of human experimentation involved. It's hard to believe that foster parents could just sell a kid like this and get away with it.

The last paragraph of the story is very awkward.

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