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Spacer and Rat by Margaret Bechard
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Apr 07, 2011

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bookshelves: book-count-2011, science-fiction
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Jack is a Spacer. He lives on the space station Freedom and spends his time working in Gert's pub to save up credits for a new zip scooter and sometimes hanging out with his friends. But Jack's understanding of his world turns upside-down when he meets Kit, an Earthie fresh off the latest space freighter to dock at Freedom. Before he really knows what's happening, Jack is helping Kit escape the station and finding out that the things he thought he knew might not be true after all.

Margaret Bechard has created one of the most interesting sci-fi settings I've read in awhile. Her characters are interesting, and their future slang is easy to pick up on and fun to read. Like all really good science fiction, Spacer and Rat brings up questions about life and humanity, but it does so subtly and gracefully. I would absolutely *love* to see this book made into a movie - Bechard's space station setting would be fantastic on the big screen.

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