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    While on a mission storming a HYDRA facility, James Buchanan Barnes touches one of the many strange alien devices collected by the Red Skull. He does this, in fact, twice— in the past, and in the future.

    Next thing he knows, Bucky Barnes is opening his eyes in the 21st century, which is full of great gadgets and coffee, and at least includes his old pal Steve. (And, inexplicably, a different Stark.) Meanwhile, the Winter Soldier finds himself in the middle of World War Two, helping Captain America hunt down HYDRA (which is at least familiar), pretending to be Bucky Barnes (which is not), and figuring out the very noisy group of soldiers who call themselves the Howling Commandos.

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    once you read a great review that describes everything you've liked about the story but in a much more eloquent way, it's rather hard to write your own, so i'm just gonna copy-paste what em (daily-stucky-recs on tumblr) wrote and live peacefully ever after because after that you will definitely want to read it:

    With this story, Etharei takes us on a journey of grief. We don’t quite realize it at first, and it might not be what we want from this story, but she takes her time doing so, making us go through the process at a gentle pace that simultaneously places us (and the characters) on the road to recovery. And so, by the time we fully understand what’s happening, Etharei has already built up enough on that front that we find we can finish processing it painlessly.

    Don’t go thinking this is all there is to this story, though. It also includes:

    Top-notch characterizations of not only Bucky and the Winter Soldier, but pretty much any and all CA (TFA & TWS) characters you can think of. It made me fall in love with the Howling Commandos, and I am so thankful for that.
    Action! Not just fighty-fight-scenes action (though there are some as well), but original, good plot-based action that you find yourself fascinated by even when you thought you were just in it for the characters and the relationships.
    Great, original (and so-satisfying) use of Thor/Asgardian things, yay
    And so much more. But at its core? At its core there is, in my opinion, grief.

    Look, we know that the Winter Soldier isn’t Bucky, and we know that whoever that man will end up being once he’s finished recovering might not be the WS anymore, but will never quite be Bucky either – not pre-war Bucky, not post-Azzano Bucky. That man died, and he’s never gonna get the chance to hang out with his best friend/love of his life in the 21st century and simply enjoy life. How many recovery stories make a point of spelling this out? We know it, the characters know it, it’s just the way it is. But. What if? Because it’s just not *fair*, damn it, not fair to Bucky, not fair to Steve, and not fair to us either if we’re gonna be honest about it.

    And Etharei gives it to us, gives us Bucky discovering the 21st century, hanging out with his best friend, gives us the other Avengers meeting and interacting with him, gives us Steve finally able to enjoy life as he so rightly deserves to. And it’s just – great, so damn great. So if you’re like me, you will spend the first half of this story being more enthralled by the Present-Bucky sections than by the Past-Winter Soldier ones, simply because you won’t want to be reminded of all this suffering while this amazing thing is happening. But that changes, because – well, because life isn’t an endless holiday in 21st century New York, and just as Bucky begins to feel it – this restless, unsettling frenzy that creeps up on him as he rushes to enjoy life while he still can – we start to feel it as well, and it’s almost as much a relief to us as it is to him when he finally accepts his looming end. It doesn’t mean the rest of his story isn’t painful, because there’s really nothing easy nor peaceful about the end of Bucky Barnes’ life, and we have to accept that; so your heart aches for him, and you grieve with him – but by the time you’re there, you’ve also been through the hardest part of the Winter Soldier’s recovery process, almost without realizing it, and it makes everything so much easier. Because, yes, Bucky will die, but James Barnes will live on.

    This explains, I think, why, as the story develops, you slowly start craving the Past-Winter Soldier parts more than the Present-Bucky ones. Then, by the end of it, you find yourself ready to leave Bucky behind. And ITR, I find it utterly perfect that we don’t get the conclusion to his story, but focus instead on the present. We don’t need to see how Bucky’s story ends: the whole point was to recover from it, and we did (readers and characters alike).

  6. 10 Oct 2018

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    To re-read sometime later

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