I finished this novella, and then immediately read it again from the beginning. (For those of you keeping score at home, that’s two read-throughs in one sitting).
There won’t be any spoilers here, since I’ll let the revelation dawn through your own eyes, but hot damn, that ending.
It wasn’t even just the twist that made this a worthwhile read—the whole piece was well-written. We get to see Earth, which is a stagnant backwater as most affluent humans have fled to the stars. It’s a bit of a darker story, but what do you expect from a story centered around Amos Burton, resident badass of The Expanse universe? The characterization is sharp and quick, and fits the medium well.
There were a few stylistic choice that cinched it for me too, like how the writing flowed in and out of POV, scene, and exposition reminiscent of a churning storm. Thematically, it worked perfectly.
If you haven’t read this solar opera series yet, go check out Leviathan Wakes, and then come and read this.