Let this website attest that I like Sarah Pinsker a lot – I’m not a short story person in general, and I love hers. That said: I wasn’t a fan of this book. Her usual skill with small scenes and emotional gut punches showed, but the plot was so extremely on the nose that I did my best not to eyeroll my way through it. Hard to engage with the cool characters when the plot is yelling its generic dystopia blah lecture at you.
(tldr: Brain enhancement that some want, others not, peer pressure, hmmm, wonder if the sleazy bigcos will have our best interest at heart, unconvincing HAPPY GOOD END. The end.)
This book is part of the 2022 Backlog Incident.