Reviewed: 2008-01-13 - (Review Updated: 2009-08-05)
My Goodness, it's been a while since my last review and I have to say, it might be because I have been waiting for a good tale like this one to come along.
This story is a gem, nothing less. The technical aspects are top notch. The universe is obviously something that several people have spent a lot of effort to build and it shows.
There's a wonderful insistence that the reader should know what is going on, no hand-holding with the technology.
Dialogue is beautifully handled and characterization is expertly done.
I found myself smiling at the very clever mechanism where up to the beginning of a central paragraph the main character: Angel (going through a gender identity crisis,) was consistently referred to as 'he' and then, once he "saw the light," was from then on referred to as 'she.' Very good attention to such detail made reading a real joy.
There's a concentration of the minutiae of a young girl's daily life and this story never falls into any clichéd traps. I found it rather intriguing to be carried along through the day-to-day progress as Angel learns to cope with not only becoming a girl but becoming a powerful new being.