Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Fool's Run - Patricia A. McKillip
The story centers on the Underworld, a satellite built as a maximum security prison for Earth’s worst criminals. The one anomaly is Terra Viridian. She killed over a thousand people one day in the Desert Sector, and was clearly insane while doing it – talking only of a vision, and that there needed to be light. But the government needed a scapegoat, and Terra was pushed through a trial and sent to Underworld, never to return to Earth.
Seven years later, and several things coincidentally happen at once – a scientist wishes to test a machine on Terra to see if he can understand the visions she claims to have. Underworld’s Rehabilitation director has decided to stage a concert, to bring some normal sounds to the Underworld. The leader of the band that’s chosen happens to be friends with a patroller who has been searching for Terra Veridian’s sister for seven years, to see if she knows why Terra did what she did. The band’s cuber can’t travel in space, so they enlist the help of the Queen of Hearts, the most famous cuber on Earth, who has never revealed her real name. These stories relate, but you have to keep reading to find out how.
I do think McKillip’s story style works better in fantasy – I needed a little more detail to make this book make sense to me, and I don’t think there would have been a way for the author to get that for me. I’m definitely glad I read it, but I’m also glad she focuses on fantasy.