Odd Girl Out

Odd Girl Out

Book - 2008
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In this noir thriller set on the interstellar Quadrail, former government agent Frank Compton can't catch a break. After a successful mission against the Modhri, the coral polyp-based group mind that is attempting to take over the galaxy, Frank arrives at his New York apartment. A young woman is waiting for him, pointing a gun at his face.  She tells him that someone on New Tigris is holding her ten-year-old sister. Compton takes her gun and orders her out, only to berousted out of bed and accused of her brutal murder. After Frank's ally Bruce McMicking posts his bail, Frank travels to New Tigris with his assistant, Bayta, and locates the sister, who is part of a key resistance group that is fighting the Modhri throughout the galaxy. Compton must get the girl to a hidden refuge planet via the Quadrail to ensure the continued efforts of the resistance. But can he do it before the Modhri gets to her first? Compelling characters, hard-boiled sleuthing, and non-stop action make this a hard SF thriller that will grab the reader and not let go until the last page.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2008.
ISBN: 9780765317339
Branch Call Number: ZAHN
Characteristics: 379 p.


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Mar 16, 2012

There are two main starting points here about how young women deal with conflict: (1) It is socially unacceptable for them to act out aggressively, and (2) girls (compared to boys) typically fear social isolation above all else. Put these two together and girls will almost certainly trip up trying to navigate the contradictory scenarios they encounter. As long as young women aren't given a proper environment to create healthy friendships, the result will be a near-invisible struggle for power and bullying. Author Rachel Simmons makes her point early in the book and then proceeds through case study after case study which, while intriguing, only slightly adds to her thesis. The book feels overlong because of this.

This hidden culture of aggression is real and very damaging though I still think the line between bullying and normal youth socializing is unclear.

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