Short Story Review: Grow (Wild Cards)

Hey Everybody,

Hope you had a great weekend.

After my last read, I decided I needed a palette cleanser, so I tried out one of the many freebies over at

Today I’m reviewing the newly released freebie Grow by Carrie Vaughn. (you can read it for free right here).

Fun fact, when I saw Carrie Vaughn’s name on this short story, it rang a bell. Turns out, I read another short story of hers The Thing About Growing Up in Jokertown (my review here) set in the same universe.

I remembered loving it, so I dove right into this one as well. How was my experience? Keep on reading to find out!



For over 35 years, the Wild Cards universe has been entertaining readers with stories of superpowered people in an alternate history. In Carrie Vaughn’s “Grow”, ace Maryam Shahidi makes a big splash in the news after one of her “experiments” goes awry.



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The Review

If I wasn’t a die-hard fan of Vaughn’s from the last Wild Cards story she published, then I certainly am now!

In this shorter story we follow Maryam, a teenager in Britain as she tests out her growing abilities with her friend Elaine. But as she continues to do one stunt after another with increasing confidence and potential danger involved, has she bitten off more than she can chew?

From beginning to end, this story was a ton of fun.

Maryam is a ballsy main character, and I enjoyed her confidence and thought process that was reflected in the writing. Her family and the world at large seem against aces, those with powers, and it was easy to cheer for Maryam from the sidelines. She just wants to do something with her powers, and she’s figuring it out.

The writing was great and easy to follow, especially the sensations of Maryam’s powers and how they worked. I also enjoy that I can pick up miscellaneous stories in this long going series without having to have read all the others.

This story moved fast, which is something I enjoy. There wasn’t a dull moment, and we got to see several stunts before the big kahuna came along and the story becomes a roller coaster ride.

All in all, a wonderful continuation of the Wild Cards saga. I can’t wait to read more!


That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this short story review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this story? Are there other short stories 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!


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