Another day, another dystopian future, but not every one is quite so “progressive, intelligent, and entertaining“. Lona is a stray: an escapee from the Path project, in which children in care are put through twenty-three hours a day of a quiet, normal life – in virtual reality. Hesse’s debut digs deep: we value children, but much more the small ute ones learning to walk than those turning into people – and how we deal with those who don’t fit in? What does it mean to be an individual human? Who are we as a society, and is that society a humane one?