Monday, December 28, 2015

In The Woods, by Hugh Howey

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(SF) April and Remy wake up long after the apocalypse should be over, and they find they have a mission to complete. (6,800 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆, Not Recommended

"In The Woods," 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: Set in the same universe as Wool, this story tells us how one of the main characters died.

Con: The opening paragraphs are pure infodump. The coincidence that April and Remy just happen to emerge within a few years of the people emerging from Silo 18 is impossible to believe. That they'd believe that any particular human survivors were the ones responsible for the disaster is equally hard to believe. Or that they'd shoot before asking any questions. Likewise it's a surprise that the camp is so trusting of strangers--particularly given that Remy lost fingers to a feral human.

None of it holds together at all.

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