Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Further North, by Kay Chronister

Clarkesworld Magazine, July 2015; 4,264 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary story  Recommended By: io9

Two Turkish sisters struggle to survive in an Alaska ravaged by giant mutant worms.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

It's refreshing that this didn't turn out to be a global worm apocalypse. It's an ecological disaster, but not an apocalypse. The story of Aliye's desire to walk again, even at the price of shortening her life, is poignant.

There's no such thing as polio reinfection--not from the same strain as the original infection. Although Hafsa is the narrator, this really isn't her story--it's Aliye's--and we don't ever feel close to Hafsa. In fact, we don't really bond with any of the characters.

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