Sunday, December 29, 2019

The Hidden Girl and Other Short Stories by Ken Liu - OPTIONAL

The Hidden Girl and Other Short Stories by Ken Liu, 432 pages. SHORT STORIES. Saga Press, 2020. $26. 9781982134037

Language: R (17 swears, 2 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13



The future is uncertain. Will we end up destroying our planet? Will we continue to progress and evolve until we no longer recognize where we came from? How involved will technology be? In these 19 short stories, Lui explores avenues of a future that might be and highlights problems that we will face if we aren’t careful with our present.

These scifi and fantasy stories filled my mind with food for thought, and the element of tragedy that permeates most of them only made them feel more realistic and relatable. I found that I could not sit down to read several of the stories in one sitting because of the thought I wanted to give them, and I enjoyed reading most of the stories. Stories later in the book became more exciting to read as I started to notice connecting threads and wanted to know what came first in these imagined futures. The mature content rating is for nudity, mentions of pornography and rape, and implied sex; the violence rating is for war, suicide, and murder.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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