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As you may guess from that, this is a rather unusual tale, and not just because it’s set on a space station – in truth, the sci-fi elements are pretty light. Nor is it unusual simply because Rue’s best friend is actually a ghost. It’s strange and unusual because of Rue and how she finds her courage, not just to track down Ghost, but to venture outside alone, to run on the grass (trust me, that’s a bigger thing than you’re probably thinking right now), to go beyond the boundaries of her home, to make new friends, to face up to her own ignorance (which she doesn’t do particularly brilliantly – she mostly bursts into tears about it), to keep going despite her anxiety and to face down bullies.
This is a quiet tale, though there is a bit of action at the end. Rue does change and grow throughout it, but the thing I liked most is that Rue doesn’t become someone else. She’s still her at the end, just a stronger version with a smidgen more confidence. Oh, actually, I lied. The thing I liked most about this tale is Priti, one of Rue’s fellow students who gets bullied just as much – if not more – because of her trans status. Priti is awesome. No matter how feeble or fretful Rue gets, Priti doesn’t lose patience with her. Priti is a saint and only gets annoyed when Rue is particularly obtuse regarding wealth and status. I loved Priti and would happily read more about her doing pretty much anything.
So in all this is a story with a difference – a different kind of heroine and a different kind of plot. It’s about friendship and anxiety and doing the best you can, even if you aren’t one of the universe’s natural warriors. We can all make a difference, we can all matter, but we have to believe in ourselves and those around us in order to make the change. Rue might not be to everyone’s taste, but have a little patience with her, because her story is an important one that can apply to many. And if she does get too annoying, don’t worry, Priti will make it better.