This book was an absolute delight to read. It's short, it's sweet, and it's got just the right amount of darkness mixed in with the sweetness to make is something more. The characters are all a little broken, all children that went on adventures in worlds that were perfectly suited to them and then came back to the normal, everyday, world changed. Now they yearn for worlds that they can't get back to, whether that's because they aren't welcome anymore, or because the door back simply refuses to open. This story goes by almost too quickly, kind of like the adventures that the children experience and leave behind, but that's novellas for you, and its beauty isn't in any way lessened by its brevity. I was left wanting more at the end--so it's lucky that this is the first in a series.
I do appreciate that this story that deals so strongly in difference and misfits includes representation of both transgender and asexual people; it's a welcome inclusion of a wide variety of diversity that only makes me feel more at home within its pages.
All in all, this is a lovely little book with the kindest sort of message at its center, and I highly recommend it if you're feeling a little different, a little weird, a little bit as if you don't belong. You'll feel right at home here.
4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.