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Runtime by S.B. Divya
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2016, science, novella

I received a signed copy of this novella from the author during Nebula Weekend.

Divya's novella is fine scifi: an underdog tale of a cross-country runner with an exoskeleton built out of scrap parts. Marmeg is a heroine you can truly root for, someone who works with black market goods out of necessity to survive, but keeps her eyes on the prize of college and a better life beyond. The world-building here is really something. This is a future America with frequent body modifications and an unsettling yet realistic caste system; many things are merely implied, and I can't help but want Divya to write more works in this setting. Then there is the race itself, where Marmeg confronts the brutality of nature and her fellow competitors... and everything leads to an ending that is complicated and oh so right.

This is a novella to keep in mind when I vote for the Hugos and Nebulas next year.
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Reading Progress

April 18, 2016 – Shelved
April 18, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
May 18, 2016 – Started Reading
May 18, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016
May 18, 2016 – Shelved as: science
May 18, 2016 – Shelved as: novella
May 18, 2016 – Finished Reading

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