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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Series: Wayward Children, Book 1
Published by:
 Tor on April 5, 2016
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

We have all read and enjoyed the epic adventures of children who manage to stumble into fantastic, strange new worlds. But what comes of them when they return back to the mundane world of their origin. No one believes them. And they cannot find their way back. But their lives will never be the same. Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children can provide a place where these children are understood, but Miss West knows they may have to find a way to learn to live with a longing that will never be fulfilled. But can the Home truly provide protection for the resident children…

A creative and original take on the notion of what comes after. McGuire manages, in a novella-length story, to develop and present a rich world that draws readers in quickly and hooks them into the fate of Nancy and her fellow residents. And at the same time, issues of how we perceive and treat each other–but also how we treat ourselves–are tackled head on in a way that may leave readers coming out of the book seeing things differently than they did before, much like the children in the story.

Each to Each by Seanan McGuire

Title: Each to Each
Author: Seanan McGuire
Published: June 2014
Pages: ~17
Publisher: Lightspeed Magazine (part of Women Destroy Science Fiction! issue)
Direct Link: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Seanan McGuire is a master of world-building as demonstrated in this short but incredibly engaging story.  Set in a future where the navy is made up entirely of genetically modified women made to be more like mermaids, no part of it seems out of place or farfetched, and the reader can very easily place oneself into this world.  The character of the narrator has a strong, clear, and unique voice and everything just flows well.  I hesitate to delve too much more into the details at the risk of spoiling too much (always a much higher risk when dealing with shorter fiction).  I definitely recommend this – the only drawback I found is that I got so immersed in this world and this story, I want more…