A near future in which teens are even worse than they can be now in terms of being hooked up to the internet, networking online, pursuing virtual lives through online avatars considerably different to their real selves. A student finds himself, reluctantly, falling for a young woman on a farming retreat the school have gone on, and willing to give up his connectivity. It’s not the most subtle story in the volume, and there’s some creaky dialogue in there.
- Erik Admundsen. Blue Vervain Murder Ballad #2 : Jack of Diamonds. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2009).
- Patrick Rothfuss. The Road to Levinshir. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2009)