He offers her escape...
Isolated on a distant planet, she is incarcerated for a crime she doesn’t recall. She has no name, no idea where she came from, or why she is injected with drugs daily to hold these vital facts from her grasp. Despite small rebellions, she wastes away, worn and losing hope of ever being whole again.
Then he arrives. Claiming to hold the answers burned daily from her brain, he offers her a way out.
…but at what cost?
A Science Fiction Short Story
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About the Author
Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rachel has done it again with her delightful short story, Exchange. The setting is a futuristic society where Myah has been captured and imprisoned. Ruhan is determined to save her. Even though this is a short story and I would definitely like to know more about the main characters, the story and ending were satisfying. If you want romance with some action in a futuristic society and only have a few minutes, this is a wonderful way to fill it. As always, I love Rachel's writing. Well done!
For a novella it is actually a pretty decent one. I start with 'for a novella' because usually the limitation of words either results in a rush of sequences or in untidy, abrupt narration. Neither style is very fulfilling. In Exchange, the story is told by a female 'earthward' prisoner who can't remember anything of her past except several instances of her ineffectual rebellion against her silent guards and their painful consequences. Her life is spent in a sterile haze, alone, angry and scared. Then a man arrives. He stands out from all the other prisoners who shun her because she still resists. His colour, his features, his strength all set him apart from the pale, weak humanoids who fill the prison halls. Unexpectedly he focuses on her and for the first time she feels someone else's concern for her well being. And no matter how much she wants to push him away he wont leave her alone. In a short few chapters we understand the trauma 'Myah' has been going through, how alone and disoriented she feels all the time, the hope 'Ruhan' brings to her world and the bewildering rush of memories that follow. Set far in the future, this is as much a romance as it is a story of escaping a prison where they are unfairly held and regaining the freedom that was taken away. What I really liked --- > The gravity of having ones memories taken away and then returned a long time later is not trivialized. It messes with ones head, and messed with Myah's a lot. > The connection between Myah and Ruhan was sweet and restrained. It suited the story. > The descriptions of everyday life of a prisoner whose every need is taken care of by programmed bots that were never intended to compensate for human distresses was carefully thought out and well written. What gave me pause --- > Despite not knowing whether she had always been in this prison, Myah seemed to have a surprising knowledge of a few things that should have been out of her grasp. Green summer grass, for instance. (Then again, their 'exercise yard' was not well described - it's possible that it had green grass, though unlikely) Also the fact that most of the prisoners are 'earthwarders'. How could she know that when she couldn't recall what Ruhan was? > The escape was actually quite easily orchestrated. The story didn't linger on how it was possible for Ruhan to almost walk free from their respective chambers to the landing pad. But there was nothing I really disliked. It is a good novella and probably deserves 3.5 stars. I hope there is a sequel that delves deeper into this world. I would give that one a shot. DISCLOSURE: The author supplied me with a copy on the condition that I write an objective review. Here I've tried to keep my word.
A short sci-fi story about love strong enough to risk death for. Very satisfying romantic read while also feeding your love of sci-fi.