Book Talk: Gale by Lyssa Chiavari
Gale is an SF dystopian f/f retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. As the story starts we learn that our protagonist, Miranda, has been having strange and unexplainable fits. In the totalitarian society she lives in, these fits may see her taken away (and likely killed). It’s been a while since I’ve read the play, but I recall Miranda being the character that intrigued me the most, so I really enjoyed that Chiavari opted to write the narrative from her perspective.

It definitely adds to the suspense as Miranda has to uncover both what happened to her and what role her parents have played in the creation of the society she lives in. Because not all is what it seems and the truth may set everyone free. It’s a short novella, but its peppered with atmosphere and tension.

I would have liked the story to be a bit longer and to see a little more of both Miranda’s works and her budding relationship with Ferda, but it works well and if you’re looking for a quick, good and suspenseful SF read or a queer retelling of a classic tale, you won’t go far wrong with this.

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