Sable is an ordinary girl made special by the occasion. She’s about to undergo a pilgrimage of self-discovery known to her people as the Gliding. It’s a time-honoured tradition among the planet’s nomadic tribes that sees children untethered from the comfort of home and released into the dunes with nothing but a hoverbike and some arcane gadgetry. Some don’t stray far, while others reach the corners of the world before coming home. Everyone, though, returns with a better sense of who they are.
The people you’ll meet on your desert voyage come from all walks of life. They all wear masks, not to hide their face but to display their chosen profession. Machinists are enthralled by the inner workings of hoverbikes and will obsess over every scrap of tech that passes through their workshop. There are guards who live to protect others, and do so with the endearing sincerity of a hall monitor. And then there are the folks who really like beatles. Your Gliding is all about finding a mask of your own to reflect a passion you’ll take into adolescence.
Given the stillness and isolation of lockdown, the post-Brexit hurdles we in the UK have to jump in order to travel, or the seeming rise of jingoism at the expense of empathy, there’s something both comforting and melancholic about freely careening across the desert on a rumbling hoverbike, learning about foreign cultures and broadening your own horizons.
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