The Seep

Soho. Jan. 2020. 216p. ISBN 9781641290869. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781641290876. SF
DEBUT Aliens have come to Earth and brought about an era of contentment and bliss. The Seep has connected everything, and the world as it once was no longer exists. Still, some do hold onto pieces of themselves as autonomous, free-willed beings, including Trina Goldberg-Oneka, an American Indian trans woman. While Seep-tech has expanded Trina’s career as a doctor, she sees the effects that living fully in the Seep had on those around her. Now her wife, Deeba, has chosen a restart of her life, being reborn as a baby. Consumed with grief and anger, Trina wallows emotionally and physically until a chance encounter with a young boy untouched by the Seep sets her on a journey that will cause her to face her past, her emotions, and everything the Seep has given and taken from humanity.
VERDICT This surreal debut takes on themes of utopia, identity, love, and loss, while readers are pulled into a full experience through Porter’s fluid prose. This unusual story will linger long past the last page.
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