Twig: Personal Conflicts with Meaningful Consequences

By ewnson, member

Aug 21, 2015: Twig follows the stories of a team of spies/assassins, primarily from the perspective a character called Sylvester, or Sy for short. However, not all of the team are entirely human.

In fact, as of the time of writing of this review, only (probably) one (two? three?) of them (probably) is. Hey, no one said this was going to be easy to describe.

Oh, and they also happen to be children.

If at this point I point out that death doesn’t really matter to Twig, it just opens up some really creepy options, I’ve probably (hopefully!) got your attention. That’s good, because that is the crux of the story. Twig is a story set in a world where the very mysteries of life itself are understood and experimented on, where an ongoing war means that military applications of this knowledge are the most highly prized. But forget all that.

Just yesterday, as of the time of this review, my fellow readers opened my eyes. The story has a very active, well read and canny readership base, by the way, and they are invaluable. They helped me see what should have been so clear from the tone of the story. Because this is not a story about the big. It’s not a story about the war. It’s not about the superweapons. It’s about the small. It’s about cunning, gambits, and fulcrums.

It’s about personal conflicts with meaningful consequences. How one person’s actions can influence a war. And it is beautiful.

There is a pervading sense of great and impactful events happening in the background, away from the story’s focus,-and that’s just the point. For it occurs to the reader that in a world gone as mad as this one, the real stories might lie in the more human moments between the noise, and that is something the author certainly understands.

A tale is woven that balances the intrigue of a spy novel, with the comic relief of having such young children as the focus of the story (Sy is eleven at the start of the story), and just occasional flashes that the world, as it stands, is on a path it cannot sustain. It balances on the edge of a precipice that will carry it beyond the thrill of scientific discovery and into the horrors of forces that, in hindsight, would have been best left alone.

Definitely worth your time.

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