Sunday, December 04, 2011

In the Mouth of the Whale 6 - Paul J. McAuley

"‘Why you're not going to take the long drop right now, someone is interested in you. Because of your close encounter. You're going to be tested. If you fail, you fall. And even if you pass, you'll probably fall anyway. Because the man who thinks he has a use for you, he's crazy,' the True said, and walked out, stiff as a pair of scissors in the embrace of his exoskeleton.

The light went out as the door shut on his back and Ori was left alone in the dark. An hour. Two hours. Her bladder ached and sent a hot wire to her groin, and she was exhausted, and still horribly afraid, and tired of being afraid. Convinced that she was going to die here because she'd done the wrong thing while trying to do the right thing. But she wasn't alone. Something was standing at her back. When she twisted around to look at it there wasn't anything there, of course. Only darkness. But she could feel it."

3.5 out of 5