Chelsey Johnson's "Escape and Reverse" is a beautifully woven story that doesn't sacrifice language, care, and precision despite its plot-driven composition. Her details are lovely, from Jake's diet Dew to every description of his body and movements. The story itself would resist any attempt to simplify and disentangle it from all the intersecting themes and problems. The action in the story moves at the perfect pace: slow enough that we get to take in all the lovely details, and fast enough that I stayed engaged enough to consume the whole thing in one sitting last night. Chelsey's story satisfies our current needs for both intellectual stimulation and drama. I grew attached to Jake within just a few moments of starting the story; I couldn't get enough of this world of mining towns, wrestling diets, and adolescent sexual tension. With everything that happens on the page, it sounds overwhelming, but it reads like the perfect meal: satisfying but not too filling, new but not alien, and a blend of complimentary, diverse tastes.