A Strange Chemistry: A Tale from the World of the Nameless Chronicle - M. T. Miller

If Miller had told me that he was going to write a novella about someone else in The Nameless Chronicle, I'd have had 3 or 4 guesses who'd it'd feature. And I would've been wrong. However, if he'd asked for requests, this is what I'd have asked for.

 

Sure, I'd rather see more from Nameless and I don't doubt we'll get that soon -- but if we're going to take a side trip, Rush is the one I'd like to go with.

 

This takes place not long after the end of Ascent, and if nothing else, this lets us catch a quick glimpse of life after those events. But we don't get much of that -- mostly this is about Rush and her own personal aftermath. Which ain't pretty. The drugs she's been taking to perform at the level she does aren't doing there a lot of for her and withdrawal is lurking around the corner all the time. It's possible, just possible, that the steady stream of drugs that she depends on is slowing down -- maybe even changing into something else. This, and her steady need for distraction, gets Rush on the street to investigate. Which doesn't go so well for her -- but Rush being Rush, it goes worse for most of those who cross her.

 

While we're seeing this, we get Rush's origin story, which goes almost exactly the way you'd have guessed. But Miller gives it to us in such a way that the reader doesn't feel like he's wasting his time reading it -- it also helps the emotional weight of what's going on in the "present" day story. I thought she was interesting before, I know she's interesting now -- and I can't wait to see what Miller's going to do with this character next.

 

This is a short, fast read with plenty of action and a good dose of insight into one of this series' most interesting characters. If you're reading The Nameless Chronicle, you want to read this. If you're not reading the series, you should look into it. Good stuff.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this from the author in exchange for my honest opinion and because the author's a cool guy.

Source: http://irresponsiblereader.com/2016/12/19/a-strange-chemistry-by-m-t-miller