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This is a first contact story, and it is delightful. It’s filled with sly humor, astute observations on human nature, and still manages to charter some territory through some deep philosophical waters. I don’t want to give to much away, so here is the setup:
The world changed on a Tuesday.
When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization, everyone freaked out for a little while.
Sixteen-year old Annie Collins is one of the ship’s closest neighbors. Once upon a time she took every last theory about the ship seriously, whether it was advanced by an adult ,or by a peer. Surely one of the theories would be proven true eventually—if not several of them—the very minute the ship decided to do something. Annie is starting to think this will never happen.
One late August morning, a little over three years since the ship landed, Edgar Somerville arrived in town. Ed’s a government operative posing as a journalist, which is obvious to Annie—and pretty much everyone else he meets—almost immediately. He has a lot of questions that need answers, because he thinks everyone is wrong: the ship is doing something, and he needs Annie’s help to figure out what that is.
I don’t want to say too much about the story, because it had some terrific twists (if something seems a mite bit unrealistic to you, hang in there, an explanation will be forthcoming. Heh, heh, heh.) This story kept me glued to my Kindle. (It’s also available as an audiobook and a paperback at some vendors.) It is a terrific “buddy” fic … and I loved it.