Touching the Void


Worth reading 😎

A brief story of marketing, teen angst, crime, and all-round bad outcomes in a dystopian future. Readable and engaging.

Well, my parting thought on this story is that it's over too soon - before it has a chance to begin, really - which speaks well to the author's ability to engage his readers. I was drawn - or maybe pushed - into this futuristic nightmare of a world, and was charmed by young Xiao Mei's teenage machinations as she purchased the latest techno gadget and wondered how she would tell her parents about this life-altering decision. This, the drive to get the latest and greatest devices on the market, seems to be timeless and it's the most believable part of the story.

The author uses over-the-top imagery, so much so that some metaphors are actually funny, and I struggled to follow the activities of the bad guys at times - what exactly was their scam? Where did they come from? The timeline is also confusing. In the end though, this was a very readable tease of a story. At eighty pages, it's so short that I thought I had missed something. If I were a betting peson, I would say this is an initial attempt, and that we might soon see a full-length dystopian novel based on the characters and storylines found in Touching the Void.

I'd be one of the first to read it.

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I am a reader with ten years of bookselling experience who is passionate about sharing my love of books with others. My goal is to be direct and relatable, with hopefully a little humor thrown in.

Xiao Mei

About the author

Nicholas Kay was born in 1986 and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and daughter. The real-life experiences he had during his more than twelve years living in the mega-cities of Beijing, China, and Kitakyushu, Japan deeply influenced his story-writing. view profile

Published on August 08, 2020

20000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Dystopian

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