Wonderful! Very well written! The third part is pretty rough emotionally, content warning for: animal abuse, child death, suicide, police brutality, and slow painful death. The first two are much less brutal, and builds a fascinating original world, and its fun to match up details that were clearly borrowed into the fallout series :p
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This was my favorite of the series! Its between this one and the first one, they both do close up interpersonal relationships so well. I wanna hang out with them all!! I kinda wish the conflict between speaker and pei was explored a bit more, it felt like it was just left to simmer on the side due to emergency, but that gives it a bit of messy realness. Excited to see what comes next!
I liked it! After finishing the trilogy-so-far, I think the first book is my favorite (the second was my favorite for a lil bit, but the first one has been growing on me over time). That's not to say this one wasn't great! It's a real cool look at communities trying to preserve their identity and struggling with the loss of identity as they join a larger community. I'm actually real inspired to try and explore this kind of thing in a game project. I love a cozy lil community and the cozy lil community sized problems that come with it. Nothing is overwhelmingly a threat to their survival, but all the problems are about communication, selfhood, individuality, and meaning.