Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jonas and the Fox, by Rich Larson

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(SF) Disguised in the body of a dead little boy, Fox needs to escape from the colony before the revolutionary leaders find him. But the boy's brother may be a problem. (8,593 words; Time: 28m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Interesting but hard to believe
Recommended By: GDozois:5 RHorton:4

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 116, published on .

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Pro: The story builds up very nicely, and the fear of discovery adds tension that never goes away. All four characters are well-developed, and we care about them all by the story's end. There's even some logic to Fox's staying behind to keep fighting the revolution.

Con: It's very hard to believe that anyone would think that it was a wise decision to send a 12-year-old boy into space alone, particularly when there's no communication with the people up there and so no way to know what he's getting into.

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