Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Cedar Grid, by Sara Saab

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(SF) After an alien terrorist kills Majd's little brother back on Earth, he struggles to accept it, and starts making changes to his own life. (4,916 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: SFRevu:4 GDozois:4

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 115, published on .

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Pro: It's a surprise that Majd gets involved with Amalyy sexually, but it's clearly part of his healing process. He's someone who's trying to do the right thing, despite his problems, and it's hard not to like him.

Con: It's rather confusing. One has the feeling that this is set inside a larger, better-detailed universe. With so many big things happening, Majd's story seems very small.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I liked the Amoya's line about how there are "things that are forbidden, but not wrong."

    It does seem like this is part of a larger story. The world-building details were straining the seams of this story. I had to glance back to realize that the client who gave Majd splinters was another alien species. Good thing he didn't get involved with that one! ;)