Gripping from the very first page! In the first story this backwards world, physical touch and sexual interest is freely shared among people and asking about people’s thoughts, opinions, and ideas is held to be very sacred and precious and is only done within the most intimate of relationships. Of course this is completely backwards from what we teach our children, but in an almost paradoxical world this author manages to teach the importance of any kind of intimacy when shared with the right people, and how one can cheapen it when shared blatantly around with the wrong people and for the wrong reasons. Should’ve been a book on its own. It’s a great start and I was sad to see it end.
Second story was just as interesting and should’ve been a book unto itself. A 17-year-old person from Earth but on an alien planet as a bit of a freak show? Talking about smells? It was a great start to what would be a great story if fleshed out more.
I had to go back and read the description again to see that this is a collection of short stories. It’s not evident when reading it and I was at first reading and wondering what all of these seemingly different stories had to do with each other. The titles seem like chapter titles, and are not labeled as new stories that stand alone. So that did throw me for a loop. Other than that, the writing is excellent and I would like to see more from some of these writers. It would be better if it was put together into a format that made it clear they were separate stories and not chapters of one story.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for writing a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.