They killed my mother. You are everything I ever wished for, she said before they put her to sleep. That’s how I got my name: Every. I am no one special. I’m just the one who knows they lied.
My city is just like every other city: derelict, decaying, enclosed by a great, gray dome. It is managed by a faceless authority and strictly controlled. We are born, live, and die inside its walls, safe from the vast nothing outside. War, they say, destroyed everything except the cities, and we are not to question why. Those of us who do question them run away—if we can—except there’s nowhere for us to go. For three long years I survived on the empty streets and back alleys of my city, searching for, but never finding, an exit. And then, one day it happened.
I got out and you won’t believe what I found.
The Book Smugglers:
I’m very pleased to say that YellowBoy’s Every In Between holds its own thanks to its heartfelt protagonist, convincing writing style, and few key departures from the usual plotting standbys… [the novella ]gets really good in my opinion, because it defies the mind-numbingly predictable trope in which the plucky heroine escapes her sanitized fate within the domed world to find a super dreamy dude to instantly fall in love with in the world outside. In Every In Between, Every is confused by the mix of yearning, excitement and happiness she feels for Ally—the most beautiful girl Every has ever seen. She’s also confused by the intense nameless feelings she has for her trainer and raid partner Carduus, with his stern commands and focused attention. I love the fact that this story features a polyamorous romance between Every and the two people she feels so much for – as Every comes to learn, love is a strange and complicated thing and she embraces it whole-heartedly… the thing that really makes Every In Between work is the titular character, Every herself. She’s resourceful and a survivor, but her most endearing quality is her desire to do the right thing, no matter what the cost to herself… Every In Between is a wonderful novella, and I’m very much looking forward to trying more of YellowBoy’s (and Masque’s) work in the near future.