My name is Catherine Sierra, and a month ago I thought I was a human boy. Turns out I was neither, and I wasn't even born on Earth. Now I've been thrown into a galaxy that was a million times wider than I could have ever expected, fighting an enemy that nearly wiped out my entire species. The only people on my side are my parents, my ex-girlfriend, my best friend, and an alien scientist who doesn't like people all that much. So, in other words, everything's going totally peachy.
Cover art by Chirichirichiri
There's a lot of stories in the 'transformation leading to self discovery' genre, but this story remains totally unique. The way the characters are faced with real, dramatic changes (physical or otherwise) in their lives and are forced to reconcile with them makes these characters and this world feel incredibly alive. I'm really looking forward to seeing where the story takes them next.
What a wonderful story!
The universe that Saffron is creating here is outright stunning. The species, the locations, the cultures, history, friends, foes,...
And all this packs so much drama in it. Feelings, friendships, tensions, support, stupidity,... it's just so much! I couldn't help but gobble it all up until I reached the end of the already public part of the story. And now I am waiting anxiously for the continuation.
Addendum: By now, the story has grown about twice as long and my previous opinion still holds true. In addition, all these wonderful genderfeels in between the whole drama are such a mood. 🥰
I am absolutely crazy for this story rn. The premise has me absolutely hooked, I currently check everytime there is an update. The lead character is deeply relatable in interesting and nuanced ways. She just feels well executed in every way. The worldbuilding feels excellent to. All of these interesting sapient species and fascinating glimpses into worlds that feel beyond the protagonists full understanding really add to the story. The story is captivating and uses a series of cliffhangers every chapter that some may find annoying, but I find it engaging. Side characters and plot are interesting enough, but I find the story primarily hinges off Cathy herself. It behaves as a sort of coming of age story that explores queerness and the neurodivergent and probably takes the term "alienation" a little too literally. I think I should stop writing here, sorry if this was a disorganized mess, I just wanted to gush some about this story that doesn't get nearly enough love.