I have to admit that I didn't have high expectations for this story, as Susan is not one of my favorite characters. So I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Susan's musings and descriptions gave a lot of insight into Susan's character and how she saw her grandfather, often amusingly so.
It was funny to think of a sentient plant navigating the ship, even though the method of navigating the ship was so dangerous. When Susan wanders off to meet the man who she thinks is one of the crew, I had no idea where the story would go or who the man would turn out to be.
The ending, with the man from the other side of the fissure in space sacrificing himself to repair the fissure while assuring his people that those on the other side "were not monsters" was strangely touching and so true to life. It's so easy to view those who are "other" from ourselves as monsters, especially if they do something harmful, even unintentionally. It was the communication and trying to help each other in this story that made those from both sides realize that those on the other side were not monsters.
Great story, really worth listening to.
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