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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In BF by Teryl S Cartwright, Baym Fol’m seeks freedom no matter the cost. He will not stay in one place or on one course for too long as he is driven to try out different trades and travel to different places. However, this lifestyle is quite uncommon with his people and he endures constant insults and persecution. When he leaves the New World for the southern lands, he faces accusations of being a contract breaker, an offense punishable by law. His “Athair” thinks of him as being lazy. He pulls Baym out from “Holie training” and tries to train him in making chemlights, but Baym is not one to remain in the same place for too long. Not even Daoci, a southern girl fond of Baym, will convince him to settle down.
Baym in BF by Teryl S Cartwright represents the cost of freedom and the struggle in challenging the norms in a community that is set in its ways. Even though some understand Baym and see him as gifted, many consider him an idler cruising through life. His character also highlights the challenges of fitting in. The Eirgedens consider Baym a “New Worlder” and therefore they will not accept him as part of their world, while his own people call him a traitor. To me, the story is parallel to current world affairs where some people are trying to break free from tradition and explore new ways of living while others prefer to stick to the old ways. As a result, there is a constant dissonance that causes division as pioneers of change seek to defy what is conventional. BF is thought provoking and a great book for readers interested in sci-fi with themes that touch on social issues.