Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Milagroso, by Isabel Yap, August 12, 2015; 4,270 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

In a near-future Philippines, Marty takes his family to his hometown to see a miracle that transforms artificial food into real food.

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

Pro: The narration and dialogue work smoothly to paint a Philippines that feels very real. The steady transformation of Marty's family from indifferent to fanatic comes across very well. The tension as we wonder where the miracle will be (and if there will be one at all) is strong. And the ending, where Marty really can't accept the miracle, suits the story well.

Con: We're given no reason to believe that the "real food" is actually very good. Worse, we're given no reason why real food isn't readily available alongside artificial food.

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I'd rate this a 3 to 4 myself, but it was worth reading.

    I think the story assumes that as we readers all know what "real food" is and tastes like, that does not need to be explained.

    It would have helped if the story did explain what happened to "real food"