Book Review: Beauty, Glory, Thrift
Hello Galactic Travelers!
I hope you had a good weekend and are getting a good start to the week. I finished a huge project for grad school last week for spring break, so this weekend I got to continue my TBR catch up. Hooray!
This time I read Beauty, Glory, Thrift by Alison Tam.
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This short novella has been on my TBR for well over a year, and there’s always been something about the blurb and cover that fascinated me. Can you blame me? It’s gorgeous! Needless to say, I dove right into this one. Keep on scrolling for the review, people!
I am Thrift and I want to leave this place, and see the far ends of the universe, and never spend another moment in stasis ever again. Take my hand and bring me with you…
On a lost planet in the depths of space, goddess-sisters Beauty, Glory and Thrift split their time between stasis and bickering, forever waiting for new visitors to their forgotten temple. Enter a thief, who comes searching for treasure but instead finds Thrift—the least of the goddesses—who offers powers of frugality in exchange for her escape.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
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Wow, what a fantastic novella!
This is my first time reading something by this author, and I was completely floored by how great my experience was.
This story centers around a thief named Pak and a goddess named Thrift. Pak sneaks into an abandoned building where a number of goddesses are on display. They all offer Pak something. Beauty, glory, wisdom. But it’s Thrift’s offer she accepts. From there, they journey together, unknowing of just how intertwined their fates will become.
I loved every minute of this story.
I went in thinking it would be in the thief’s POV, but it was in Thrift’s, which actually made it better. Thrift is a great character. Unlike her goddess sisters and their great abilities they can bestow upon others, Thrift’s gifts are smaller and less noticeable. This has seeped into her personality, making her feel small and insignificant, which leads her to desire an escape from her own personal hell.
The thief’s mentality was explored too, and I liked how resistant she was to things at first. It made the progression throughout more profound.
The writing style was perfect and flowed flawlessly. I was hooked from beginning to end. This is an LGBT story, but the romance element didn’t completely take over things. The universe surrounding the characters was just as entertaining and filled with rich detail. I also loved all the big twists along the way. They really kept me going.
So that’s it. No quips from me at all. If you’re looking for a transcendent scifi story, look no further. You won’t be disappointed!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!