Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Review: 'Waiting On A Bright Moon' by JY Yang

A beautifully written short story, written in the second person perspective much in the style of choose-your-own-adventure books.

The world is on the brink of a rebellion and the story begins with a scream and a dead body appearing through a portal created by Xin, an ansible who connects to the Imperial Authority's homeworld and colonies through song magic, linking up with another ansible, their 'song-sister' with whom they bond with emotionally, at the other end.

This kicks things off for Xin, as during her three weeks leave in response to the shock of the event, she develops a bond with Ouyang Suquing, a high ranking Starmage and is slowly pulled into the rebellion.

JY Yang describes a world and characters I really want to visit again. The second person pov doesn't detracts but really adds to the reading experience, adding more emotion and feeling to the situations going on, making you more connected to the story and characters, putting you into the story as Xin.

It's a beautifully lush, sad but hopeful story, and although I've not read anything by JY Yang before, 'Waiting On A Bright Moon' makes me want to read more of her stories. A recommended read that is available to read on the Tor.com website.

****/5