Min is (im)patiently waiting for the day she can leave her poor planet to join the Space Forces and have a chance to change her poor family’s luck. But when an investigator shows up at her house with the news that her brother deserted his post in the Space Forces to find the mystical Dragon Pearl, Min feels that something is wrong. She’ll have to rely more on her fox magic than she ever has in her quest to find out the truth.
As always, I found myself delighted by the combination of mythology and futurism in this book. There’s something about the blending of past and present that never seems to miss. This particular mythology is one I don’t think I’ve ever seen before in fiction, which made it a particularly interesting read. It’s always a little thrilling to read about folktales from cultures you’re not familiar with, and this was no exception.
I particularly enjoyed that Min kept her own almost selfish ambitions for getting the Dragon Pearl throughout the book. It’s clear that the Pearl is very valuable, and though finding it isn’t her main goal, she isn’t coerced into getting it for anyone else. It also never feels like an afterthought. Every character is affected by it in some capacity. Just as influential are Min’s mixed feelings about her family and her magic. Throughout the story, she struggles with staying safe and the use of her magic, which her mother had always forbidden. I’d love to see more children’s stories explore complicated family relationships. I look forward to reading more from this universe in the future!
Yours in love and literature, Page.
Content warning(s): violence, injury
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