Post apocalyptic novels (with a focus on sci-fi) will always be a favorite of mine, because it allows both futuristic technology, but with a feel of horror and excitement that only comes when society is crumbling. The world building included in this short story delivers on both, so far, and I'm looking forward to what the first actual installment brings.
The second part of the short story that has me looking forward to the first novel is the protagonist. I am also a huge fan of characters that are highly capable, like Reho, from this story. I don't like the every-man protagonists popular in post apocalyptic settings, because the only reasons those types of characters stay alive are gimmicks or tropes like plot armor. On the other hand, it makes sense that a character like Reho would survive, because, frankly, he's bad ass.
I'm giving this story a four star rating because, while there were some great parts, certain things were a bit of a letdown. I wasn't exactly sure what Reho's former girlfriend's stance was on him fighting for his life and I thought the warbeast was pretty lame. I mean, I know Reho is super awesome, but the Hegemon should have just stuck with whatever conventional weaponry they use instead of creating genetically modified life. Because Reho just killed it with a knife. It sounds like it would die just as easily to normal guns as, say, a tiger or lion would. Anyway, I spent a disproportional amount of time on that complain. There were so many more good things than bad things in the short story.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of Reho and the post apocalyptic world outside of Red Denver. The story looks like it has a ton of potential.