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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The Wild Cards universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. David D. Levine's "Discards" introduces Tiago Gonçalves, a teenager who scrapes collecting recyclables from the landfills of Rio de Janeiro. But after the Wild Card virus infects him, he learns to build something more.

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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Discards is a SF novelette set in the WILD CARDS shared universe, an alternative history in which an airborne alien virus was released in New York City after WWII and from there spread worldwide. The virus kills 90% of the humans who come into contact with it and mutates the rest, with 9% (the “Jokers”) developing useless, often repulsive, deformities and just 1% (the “Aces”) gaining superpowers.

Discards takes place in Rio de Janeiro, among the
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a short story, not a novel, obviously. It is part of the shared universe series created by George R. R. Martin and others many years ago, and still have a devoted though under the radar following.
This might change soon, with Martin's new minted massive fame, there is series talk of a TV series based on the books and stories.

In this small and unassuming story we meet an orphaned young teenager named Tiago, living in the extreme poverty of the slums Brazil, with the armies of drug gangs
Peyton Banks
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I wish I would have read this before High Stakes. I really enjoyed getting to know Tiago from this perspective rather than the one offered by the triad he appears in. I love joker-aces so I enjoyed learning about his power. i also appreciated the unique worldview this story offered and the underlying environmentalism inherent in this story. Wild Cards is one of the best series for dealing with the marginalization of real people in my opinion, and this story is a good example of why i think that.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Discards takes place in the miserable economic conditions of Brazil. David Levine manages to pack a little social consciousness into an interesting Wild Cards story.
Matt Mitrovich
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I didn’t have a review copy of a book that was coming out this week, so I needed to find something to read and review. That being said, Wild Cards is (hopefully) coming to television, the Olympics are currently happening in Brazil and David D. Levine’s novel, Arabella of Mars, came out last month. So I asked myself: why not review the Tor original: “Discards“?

For those who don’t know, Wild Cards is a shared universe edited primarily
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Discards (ebook)
by David D. Levine

Looking around the world for the stories of Wild Card victims. In Rio the world of Wild Cards is divided between the affluent tourism business, and the crime-filled slums. A young boy who survives by hand to mouth living in the edges of Rio's trash dumps is totally changed by his affliction of the Wild Card virus. Not only does he have a Joker card appearance, a mishmash of physical features, but he is rejected by those unaffected by the Virus. He is forced to
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
WildCards is the name of a book series edited by George R.R. Martin, written over the years by many different writers. In the wildcard world a new virus appeared, leaving the majority of the survivors, disparagingly called jokers, very deformed. Few lucky ones, the aces, are left with super human powers.
While I am not fond of super hero stories, I liked this novella, that is the origin story of one of this lucky survivors, the Brazilian ace "Recycler". It is the story of a young kid, living in
Maggie Gordon
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have never read any of the Wildcards stories, but now I am thinking that I should! This short deals with an orphaned teenage boy from Brazil that gets infected with the Wildcard virus. He has to survive in a world that hates him, but this suddenly becomes easier when he gains certain super powers.

The story flows extremely well. While not comic, it has moments of levity despite its dark premise. It makes very good use of its setting, and it's certainly lured another reader in to the
Alex Sarll
If nothing else, this Wild Cards story is a good way to get genre readers to pay attention to the lives of street kids in Rio's favelas. Spoilers: they don't have a great time of it. Still, it never quite feels like the worthy aim and the novel-enough power of the joker-ace lead add up to anything more than the sum of their parts. Perhaps if he recurs in later tales it'll feel retroactively more substantial.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Set in GRRM's Wild Cards universe, this story is about Tiago, a poor teenager in Rio de Janeiro who gets infected with the Wild Card virus and transforms overnight. I loved the main character, the Brazilian setting, and how well the writing flowed. I'd definitely read more stories in this world.
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of the Wild Cards that I have read. A simple short story for it, but I definitely enjoyed it. Was just long enough for you to connect with the character and see the beginnings of a good heroic storyline. The story was not too dark, but dreary enough to sympathize with his plight. Now I just need to read the rest of the series!
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I really like dipping in and out of the Wild Cards series - I've only read one of the collections so far, but I've read a couple other short stories since then. I really want to read the whole series - it's such an interesting universe. I mostly liked this one, though parts of it were a bit silly to me.
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Good story but the words in portuguese in the middle of the text kinda put me off...
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the theme of discarded things getting repurposed, including people. I'm not really a fan of the superhero genre, but I do want to read more Wild Cards.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good and very quick read. A nice fit in the Wild cards universe.
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David D. Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story "Tk'Tk'Tk" won the Hugo Award, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, and five Year's Best anthologies as well as award-winning collection Space Magic from Wheatland Press.


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