Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Plant Children, by Jessica Yang

Lightspeed Magazine, June 2015; 3,400 words
Rating: 2, Not Recommended

Qiyan harmonizes her botany thesis with her desire for children--sort of.

This story is NOT available for free online; you have to buy the issue to read it.

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

We sympathize with Qiyan because she's not a totally lazy student but she's also not totally absorbed with grades or graduation. When she buckles down to her thesis, she really gets into it, but it's because she really loves her plants.

It's not clear what the point is. The story just wanders. The thesis is completed, but that's mentioned as an aside. Nothing big happens, nor is there any big personal development or self-realization either.

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