My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a quick reading short introduction to the Slingers series. It introduces the world of to-the-death “games” that have become a cult-like obsession on this rather desolate Earth and the city that orbits above.
With a book as short as this (about 54 pages), there is not a lot of room for world-building, but Wallace manages to convey the dark, almost desparate atmosphere in a compact manner that leaves a real sense of place and time. Characters are sharp and rounded, and they are the driving force in the story. Even in this short piece, you come away wanting to know more about the people, as well as the world they live in. Pacing is fast and sharp, and the action scenes are detailed and sometimes graphic. Wallace has a somewhat unique sense of humor, and it comes across well here. The only disappointment was that this story was far too short. I look forward to seeing how the things hinted at here play out in the rest of the series.
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