Caroline M. Yoachim. Ninety-Five Percent Safe. (Asimovs January 2015)

asimovs1501Teen Nicole is fed up of her life in the underground city that she lives in with her family in a post-nuclear winter Earth. She is desperate to get off-world. That isn’t particularly difficult to do, as it is easy to get on a spaceship that will take you through the nearby wormhole to pastures new, albeit alien.

There are two flies in the ointment for her, and they are linked. One is that her mother doesn’t want to go. The second is that the wormhole trip only has a 95% success rate. One in twenty shuttles don’t make it through.

To Nicole these are odds she can live with, and she takes matters into her own hand. However…

As is often the case with teen protagonist stories, I’d have much rather seen the story through the parents eyes, particularly the mother(!), as for teens everything is quite simple, whereas the complexity and depth is with the older generation.

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