If you read Reid’s previous book, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” then you know all is not what it seems with his stories.
Junior and Henrietta lead a predictable life on a farm until one day, Terrance appears. He was sent on behalf of the space research organization, OuterMore, to inform Junior that he’s been longlisted in a lottery for a temporary resettlement expedition into space called the Installation. Junior didn’t apply, and doesn’t think much of it until Terrance returns two years later. Junior doesn’t want to leave his wife, but thankfully, Terrance has a solution: a “clone” will take his place. As time goes on, Junior wonders what really is happening.