Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Finished
Author: Christian A. Young
Genre: science fiction
URL: Smashwords
Price: US$0.99
Other Information/warnings: none
Summary [from the author]:

A life of larceny in a half-wrong body isn’t what Aldin hoped for, but right now it’s all he’s got and he’s making the best of it. When an unwelcome surprise sends him running, his prospects hinge entirely on his wits and an unlikely ally.

My review:

When I was younger, this was the kind of story I would inhale like air. Tightly written, clever, thinky science fiction with masses of ideas, interested world building and commentary packed into spare, punchy prose.

And then I discovered m/m, where the art of the short story is confined to stroke fic and PWPs. Because short fiction is hard, and you need to be more than just a decent writer to make it work. You need to be really good. And Mr Young is really, really good.

Aldin is an art thief, looking to complete one last job so he can finish his sex reassignment surgery and live in the body he knows he belongs in. But his partner has other ideas. Just when all seems lost, help comes in the most unexpected form.

That short summary doesn’t do justice to this. For heaven’s sake, risk the whole buck and buy this, and enjoy it. It’s rare enough to have a transgendered hero in any story, but even if you haven’t the slightest interest in that, this is still a short, cracking read. Science fiction as it should be. Highly recommended!

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