book reviews by Althea

Review: Terminal

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Terminal by Lavie Tidhar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The latest trend: one-way trips to Mars!
Advertised on every street corner, mass-produced, cheap, one-person vehicles will rocket you up on your way to the red planet. The trip is admittedly dangerous – but people everywhere are taking the chance, especially those with an abundance of imagination and those with nothing to lose.

The story is written mostly for the opportunity to give voice to those lonely travellers to speak to each other over their radios during the long, lonely months in space. Some of those dialogues are poignant, but I was distracted by the many questions: does the city of Terminal really exist? How could a Martian colony support itself with a bunch of terminally ill people and nothing-to-lose artists arriving daily? What are the main character’s motivations for choosing to go?

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