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Let All the Children Boogie

By Sam J. Miller
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Publisher Description

From the Nebula-Award-winning author of The Art of Starving comes Sam J. Miller's sci-fi time traveling tale, "Let All the Chlidren Boogie," a Tor.com Original

As the Cold War stalls and the threat of nuclear warfare dominates the news, small-town misfits Laurie and Fell bond over a shared love of music and the mystery of the erratic radio messages that hint at the existence of a future worth reaching out for.

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8 Reviews

“3.5 stars A sweet, hopeful story about two lonely teenagers bonding over their love for music and trying to crack the meaning of mysterious messages that keep interrupting their favorite radio program. "Radio was where we met. Our bodies first occupied the same space on a Friday afternoon, but our minds had already connected Thursday night." It’s short, it’s sweet, it’s easy to digest; it’s a poignant and intimate contemporary ya short story with a sfici element. Readers might be enthralled by the friendship-turning-to-romance plot, but, at the core of this story, the plot is less about two people falling in love than about two struggling kids simply finding hope for the future. Despite the young age of the characters—i’m in my mid-twenties which is that time in our lives we apparently like to stress over everything because we feel like we’re already old as shit—I could relate to their anxiety, their fear of the present and the future and the dreadful little voices in their heads. I’ve been struggling so much with mental health this year that i’ll admit some passages hit close to home and made me feel emotional. "But I was done letting wishing I was better stop me from being what I was." But, as much as i related to the characters, there was still some disconnection as the characters needed more depth and substance. I didn’t just want to feel like they were a banner for non-binary and mental health rep—five stars on that tho—I wanted to feel like they were real. The insta-love wasn’t my fav, but romance and insta-love, especially between teenagers, is never my cup of tea so that could definitely be just a me thing. They were sweet and I could believe in what they were supposed to be: two lonely teenagers struggling with life and with mental health find in each other an anchor—someone who understands, who can hold their hand and make them feel less alone in this awful scary world. I know that's what it was supposed to be, but the execution wasn't perfect—it's easier to connect to our narrator but not so much with Fell which, subsequently, made it harder for their romance to shine. Anyway, i’m conscious this is a short story and story depth and character development are more difficult tasks to accomplish in 30 pages, which is why this story stood out to me for its message of hope—that's where this story shines. In its poignant passages, the author establishes a bond with the readers; it's an intimate message sent to all the people who might be struggling and need a little bit of hope for the future, and that's what I really loved about this story. "Each time I shut a book, it was the pain of waking up from blissful dream to wretched reality." Also, who doesn't love david bowie? Read here: https://www.tor.com/2021/01/06/let-all-the-children-boogie-sam-j-miller/”
“This was such a lovely, beautiful short story about love, loneliness, time travel, and the radio. 10/10 swoon worthy.”
“such a heavy good story with an hopeful ending! wished there was more!!”

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