It’s hard to create a new fantasy world without needing to put in long descriptions and explanations to hold it all together (GRRM, we’re looking at you). One of the reasons that we picked Miye’s In as one of the best stories of 2013 is because the author, Joanna Maciejewska, manages to weave a new world with strange concepts, creatures, and even language into the story without needing to explain anything.
We love that Joanna can make the strange new setting of Miye’s In feel so intuitive, and we also love the character development. This is a coming-of-age story, at it’s core. Even though the setting is fascinating, it’s really the character arc that’s the star of the show. And by the end, the protagonist has learned something about himself and the world around him, which ties it all together nicely.
Stay tuned as we revisit our favorite stories from 2013, and get ready to cast your vote in the biggest Reader’s Choice poll this side of whatever convenient landmark you are near.