by Monica Byrne

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

2  girls, 2 continents, 2 journeys. Set in near-future India and Africa, and on a bridge spanning the Arabian Sea, The Girl in the Road imagines new configurations and perceptions of politics, religion, and gender. We follow two stories. Meena is (illegally) crossing an energy producing bridge across the Arabian Sea, making her way from India to Africa in order to find the person who killed her parents right after she was born. In another timeline, Mariama flees her life of slavery and joins a truck convoy across the Sahara headed to Ethiopia, where she is watched over and taught by the people she encounters. How their stories intersect is surprising, the writing is poetic, and the technology of this future is well thought out and described. For fans of thoughtful science fiction with elements from many cultures.

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