Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: The Last Day, Freshee's Fogurt, Pattern Recognition , Gods of the Dimming Light , Next Door, Good Girl, Pocket Full of Dharma, Blue Skies, What Arms to Hold Us, Diverse Energies
Published by Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: Adolescence, Anthology, Dystopian, Family, Girls & Women, GLBT, Health & Daily Living, Sci-Fi, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Short Story / Novella, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Short Story Saturday is a feature here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. Starting with Diverse Energies which the book synopsis describes as “In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls, kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare of the past to society’s far future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction. Includes stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more.”
Place(s) Traveled To: Eleven-Soro
First Line(s): My mother, a field ethnologist, took the difficulty of learning anything about the people of Eleven-Soro as a personal challenge.
Solitude by Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the longer stories in the Diverse Energies Anthology and it really felt long. For me, this one just seemed to drag and I really couldn’t bring myself to care about the main character Ren. I often found her to be aloof and uncaring and couldn’t bring myself to like her very much. There were a lot of set up in the story but not much really happened. There just seemed to be no point to the story and it just ended before you learned what happened to Ren or to her mother and brother. I like Le Guin’s writing style and its because of it that I kept reading until the end. Solitude was also the last story in this anthology so I also felt I owed it to the book and myself to finish it to the end. Though if Solitude had been a full length story I would most like have marked it as a DNF.