Attention Chaos Walking fans! You can read this story as well as "The New World" and "Snowscape" by going here!Note: If you haven't read the whole trilogy yet, this story is best read between The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men. “We would do what we must. The world is big. Surely there is a space in it for one like you and one like me.”There are few authors who have the ability to rip my heart out and stomp on it in the span of less than 40 pages.Damn it, Patrick Ness. Just … damn it. I went into these Chaos Walking short stories without really knowing what they were about. This one takes place thirteen years before the rest of the series, or something like that. Some of the characters are the same, but you know … different main character. So at first I'm like, "Yeah okay whatever, la di da."But I shortly came to realize … OMG THIS IS A SPACKLE-HUMAN ROMANCE.WHAAAT. CRAZY.At first, I wasn't sure how to feel about this––I mean, I guess the idea just hadn't really occurred to me before. But of course, Patrick Ness executes it beautifully. After being rather disappointed in his most recent novel, The Crane Wife, my faith in his writing was instantly restored.This is an amazing story––so short but so emotional and powerful. Once I was about halfway through it, I was already practically shaking. Patrick Ness is able to create such a vivid and frightening world––from its physically scary aspects, like the giant man-eating fish, to the more socially/emotionally terrifying aspects, like the humans' prejudices against the Spackle. Even though it's a fictional, imaginary world, the issues are very real––very reminiscent of real-life racism and/or homophobia. Even in such a small space, I really believed in the romance between the two main characters and was rooting for them the whole time. I won't spoil anything, but I'll just say … Patrick Ness puts the reader through quite an emotional rollercoaster.In short, this was incredible. I think the Chaos Walking trilogy is perfect on its own, but these little stories really help to flesh out the world and make the reader think about it from many different angles.