Sunday, December 27, 2015

Carriers, by Tananarive Due

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(SF) Decades ago, when plague ravaged the US, carriers like Nayima were exiled. Things are changing now, but at her age changes are hard to accept. (5,800 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"Carriers," by (edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey), appeared in The End Has Come (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: This story tells of a country that went through very bad times, but civilization didn't fall, and now it's rebuilding itself. Nayima suffered terrible mistreatment, but things really have changed, and she has another chance at a future, if she can learn to trust a little bit. The story is really about her struggle with herself and her past--when she wins that struggle, the story concludes on the hopeful note that she's even recovered her lost faith.

Con: The story has no action and no tension. We're quite sure from the start that her fears are groundless. A number of things don't make much sense. If carriers are harmless now, why are they exiled? And what's the point of her teleconferences with children?

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