Green is jealous of Blue who won’t follow the rules and the story unfolds with dreadful simplicity. This is a grim tale of isolation, stigma and guilt as an ill-informed child makes bad choices, suffers brainwashing, neglect, trauma and various cold moments. There is a slow air of impending doom and the eventual doom is so much worse than imagined. The Foxlowe residents have fear eaten souls and believe in The Bad that lives in The Outside.
Green, Toby and Blue grow up in a world that is downright malevolent, only Green doesn’t see it that way. Freya pronounces judgement and is brilliantly awful. Is she Green’s mother? Where did Green and Blue come from? This is a commendably ambitious, harrowing tale.
“Everything will be very hard for you.”
“The Scattering is something we learned from the Time of The Crisis.”
“Suits are dangerous.”
Kira has religious issues, Quark is slithery and it is radically perplexing how 16 years later the relaunch is still covering the exact same damn plots! This was not of critical importance. The station is imperilled, Vaughn has unquenchable self regard and Kira faces moral pressure and moral responsibility in this unremarkable book. This is up there with other terrible ‘DS9’ novels like ‘Warped’, ‘The Fall Of Terok Nor’, ‘Inferno’, ‘The Siege’, ‘Bloodletter’, ‘The Big Game’, ‘Betrayal’, ‘Warchild’, ‘Antimatter’, ‘Proud Helios’, ‘Devil In The Sky’, ‘Station Rage’, ‘Time’s Enemy’, ‘Saratoga’, ‘Wrath Of The Prophets’, ‘Vengeance’ and the ‘Rebels’ trilogy. I felt staggering distain for this.
“Lacking any moral context.”
“Of which there are understandably few.”