Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Theodora Baumgarten has just been selected as an IASA space cadet, and therein lies the problem. She didn't apply for the ultra-coveted posting, and doesn't relish spending years aboard the ship to which she's been assigned. But the plucky young heroine, in true Heinlein fashion, has no plans to go along with the program. Aided by her hacker best friend Kimkim, in a screwball comedy that has become Connie Wills' hallmark, Theodora will stop at nothing to uncover the conspiracy that has her shanghaied.
At only 80 pages, D.A. is a very fun but very short novella (which I'm counting towards the November Novella Challenge). First off, Connie Willis is one of my favorite writers (she wrote my favorite book, Bellwether). And this was an excellent story and has some very cool pictures included in the story to help give more a visual idea. Because it is a novella there is very little character development and a lot more action, but in a clever way. I like the twist at the end and how Theodora figures out how and why she was shanghaied with the help of her friend, Kimkim. I would like to see more of a world build for this story one day. It would make an excellent full length novel especially if it added on at the end.