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The Earthborn Emissary
The Earthborn Emissary
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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

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Adopted Protagonist Aliens Autism Caring Protagonist Comedic Undertone Death Death of Loved Ones Female Protagonist Girl's Love Subplot Human-Nonhuman Relationship Male to Female Non-human Protagonist Romantic Subplot Transgender Wars
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      Status: breakout
      Apr 18, 2021
      This is quite an interesting tale. I'm a sucker for stories featuring insect protagonists (such as Kumoko or Her Majesty's Swarm) so it's nice that a queer-themed one popped up on SH!
      The elevator pitch here is equal parts Jupiter Ascending and Andromeda. Basically, a teenaged 'human' discovers they're not actually human, and are instead one of the last survivors of an insect species called 'Emissaries' that recently got genocided by a bunch of evil space fascists. Said space fascists are now after our protagonist, who goes on the run with their parents and two best friends. Cue lots of running, intermingled with space adventure!
      The worldbuilding here is pretty good, and generally parceled out in snippets instead of infodumped on the reader; that's a balance I still manage to bork up myself, so mad props to the author for finding that sweet spot. The characters, however, are a mixed bag. The protagonist is given lots of development by virtue of being the POV character, and their arc thus far has been visceral and fulfilling as they slowly discover themselves. Two male deuteragonists, Quinn and Xara, are also given their time to shine, especially Quinn who is 'The Quippy One' and leans full-on into the role. However, the female deuteragonist, Miri, doesn't seem to have much of a character outside of being 'The Love Interest' which... isn't great, to be honest, given her lack of focus compared to her two aforementioned male compatriots. She's presented as being this badass martial artist type early on, but once the story shifts to space and she breaks up with the protagonist, she's relegated to moping around the ship and occasionally trying to rekindle the old spark, efforts which are continually rebuffed. Maybe this peeves me because said relationship is on the rocks as a result of that most tired romance trope, The Misunderstanding, but it would be nice to see her develop her own goals and motivations outside of her status as The Estranged Girlfriend, especially since she's the only explicitly stated person of color in the cast. I mean, heck, I'd love a scene of her learning how to use space weaponry from the protagonist's parents, given her martial inclinations. That might be a good opportunity to flesh out the parents' characters as well.
      I'm quite eager to see where this story is headed. I get the sense the author is building towards some much-needed catharsis, and I greatly look forward to seeing how it all plays out.

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      Status: looking forward
      Aug 18, 2020

      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.

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      Status: airing of grievances
      Dec 9, 2020

      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.

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