Sunday, June 9, 2019

Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water, by Vylar Kaftan

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Thriller) Imprisoned in an infinite labyrinth under an alien planet, Bianca searches for a way to escape, but though her lover doubts it’s even possible. (19,979 words; Time: 1h:06m)

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Review: 2019.326 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is about Bianca’s escape and then her rehabilitation.

It describes an interesting future where telepaths are feared and persecuted—often with help from other telepaths. Bianca’s continued obsession with Chela long after she’s escaped from the T-Lock seems puzzling at first, but finally it all makes sense. The ending is very satisfying.

Con: The stakes seem to be too low. It’s not clear what Bianca is going to do to help the other telepaths. Simply telling her story doesn’t seem likely to be enough. We’re told she’s this ultra-powerful telepath, so it’s disappointing that we don’t ever really see her do anything with that power.

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