Thursday, April 13, 2017

Diamond and the World Breaker, by Linda Nagata

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(SF) 12-year-old Diamond gets involved with a licensed terrorist group and manages to drag her mother into it too. (7,203 words; Time: 24m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: RHorton:4

"Diamond and the World Breaker," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: There’s plenty of action and plenty of tension. Mother and daughter are both very well-defined characters.

Con: The story is unresolved. We learn enough to realize this was an attempt by the Machina Overlord to commit suicide. Why? Why won’t it try again?

Diamond is so obnoxious she almost makes you sympathetic to parents who beat their children. It’s not much fun reading about her.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. This was action-packed. Annoying teenage daughter is just a trope, it was clear there was some mother/daughter bonding plot underway.