Starting: Fragile Remedy

By: Maria Ingrande Mora

Nate is a sixteen year old GEM: a genetically engineered medical surrogate. There’s a virulent and fatal disease called lung rot ravagining the population. He was stolen away from the lab and secreted in a lawless zone where he makes a living fixing broken things in exchange for food or a safe place to sleep.b

Right off the bat, page one, I love the descriptive writing style. It’s not too heavy, two to three sentences. In those few sentences enough of a picture is painted that I know what the world looks like but I’m not beat over the head by it.

The divide is intense. GEMs created to be harvested after the lung rot ceased killing anyone. The clean trains that barrel through the Withers. The Withers, the quarantine zone, is littered with trash and skinny inhabitants. I can practically see this city. Drug abuse thanks to chem, starvation, the obvious disparities in lives of the rich and poor, it’s amazingly described.

Got introduced to Nate’s family–tje group he lives with. Pixel an adorable little girl, Brick, large and strong, Sparks who I believe is trans and Reed the leader who Nate has a thing for and Reed may have feelings as well.

Nate can’t tell hom because he’s worried he’ll be turned in for the reward on GEMs. The conflict is so incredible. My heart hurts for Nate.

And as someone who suffera chronic pain and chronic illness, so far the descriptions are relatable, handled with care. Nate is a person, not a caricature.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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