The World gives Way

By Marissa Levien

In this dystopic novel, Myrra is a woman in servitude who is travelling on a ship that has been in space for two generations and is bound for a destination that is still fifty years away. At that time she will be freed. Her employers are of the wealthy elite who are privvy to a secret known by only a few. One evening, Myrra finds them dead and flees, taking their orphaned baby with her. I am generally not a Sci Fi reader (unless the novel is by Margaret Atwood – but I digress) but this novel is less about dystopia than it is about finding human connection and meaning through even the darkest of times. I really enjoyed this story and came to love Myrra’s fierceness, intelligence and courage throughout.