Justica by Sue 77
There's tension from the beginning as Justica quietly and gradually contravenes the rules and rituals of her highly -guarded society. There are hints of a dark world history, potentially involving other interplanetary invaders. Justica works against the childhood drills of reporting any outsiders, helping, healing and then bonding with the alien creature she stumbles across. She seems to be kind and loving in a world that has circumvented such behavior. I'd love to know more about the complex society in which Justica lives, where her department works to understand (guard against?) non-native languages, and there is a genetics (eugenics?) lab ready to haul in invaders. This is a tale of strength and resilience after horror and heartbreak. A dark and clever twist on a fairytale classic.
I'm a little late (blame my tiny amphibian feet, I get nowhere fast) but I've finally read Iron Chests Can't be Broken by KJBartolotta and... I'm at a loss how to accurately describe this story. Guys, *inefficient handwaving* this story is WILD. Wild. Yes, that's about the closest I get.
I'm still not sure whether this story takes itself seriously or not, but either way it does so with absolute style. It's a fun read.