Brave New Girls – Collection of Short Stories
I am happy to report that as I read, each story was better than the last. A truly well written assortment of quality writers that spoke to me as a current STEM student myself.
Readers will not be disappointed as robots, hackers, aliens and interstellar space travel fill these pages.
Need a quick read in-between classes? Or looking for something inspiring and fun? I highly recommend this collection.
While I liked all the stories, some stood out to me more than others. A Little Bit Truer by Valerie Hunter, a tale of a girl having to make a choice between her personal career ambitions and her absent mother’s desires, proved to be an emotional story for me. The choice between family and personal growth, haunts many of us and not all of us choose the same.
Lyra by Lisa Toohey, a creepy, suspenseful take on AI’s capabilities that can go to far. A computer on a mission, a deadly one at that. I was sucked into this story fast, instantly connecting with the protagonist and her horrible plight.
Fledging by Jason Kucharik, could have easily become a full-length story. A girl with skills that run from intelligence to bravery and her quest to seek the truth behind the secret organization she works for.
The Keys to the Stars by Stephen Kozeniewski, a short tale on alien invasion and the girl the Martians connect with. A fan of Kozeniewski’s longer works of sci-fi/horror, I was happy to see he kept in tune with the style I have grown to enjoy. A neither happy nor sad story, but one that leaves you wondering about the future to come and what that may hold.
There are many other stories in this collection and I enjoyed every single one. I highly recommend this collection for any Science Fiction lovers out there. In addition, the sale of this book goes to support funding scholarships from the Society of Women Engineers.
Synopsis: This collection of sci-fi stories features brainy young heroines who use their smarts to save the day. Girls who fix robots and construct superhero suits, hack interstellar corporations and build virtual reality platforms. Who experiment with alien chemicals and tinker with time machines. Who defy expectations and tap into their know-how—in the depths of space, or the bounds of dystopia, or the not-too-distant future—to solve despicable crimes, talk to extraterrestrials, and take down powerful villains. All revenues from sales of this anthology will be donated a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Let’s show the world that girls, too, can be tomorrow’s inventors, programmers, scientists, and more. STORIES BY: Martin Berman-Gorvine, Paige Daniels, George Ebey, Mary Fan, Kimberly G. Giarratano, Valerie Hunter, Evangeline Jennings, Stephen Kozeniewski, Jason Kucharik, Kate Lansing, Tash McAdam, Kate Moretti, Ursula Osborne, Josh Pritchett, Aimie K. Runyan, Davien Thomas, Lisa Toohey, and Leandra Wallace With a foreword by Lara Hogan, Senior Engineering Manager at Etsy and author of Designing for Performance Featuring artwork by Hazel Butler, Ken Dawson, Adrian DeFuria, Evelinn Enoksen, Mary Fan, Christopher Godsoe, Kayla Keeton, Jason Kucharik, Jennifer L. Lopez, Tash McAdam, and Josh Pritchett.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.