A compact, competent prequel for a series I haven’t read. The protagonist is a finely drawn alien creature whom we are drawn into both his species and individuals angst. Lots of growth and development in just a few pages, and even a little sympathy.
If these short prequels are supposed to “set the hook” for the following book or series (in this case, Castellucci’s Tin Star), most fall short. Most seem like after-the-fact add-ons to please the fandom, rather than really whet an unfamiliar reader with the greater work.
Nice cover illustration by Dominick Saponaro.
A good read.