Monday, December 28, 2015

The Happiest Place, by Mira Grant

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(SF) After a plague kills 80% of the population, employees at Disneyland struggle to keep the dream alive. (5,900 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"The Happiest Place," by (edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Up until the last, we don't realize why Amy is so insistent that the Haunted Mansion ride can't be allowed to stop. Suddenly all the pieces come together. It's got almost everything: emotional punch, aha moments . . .

Con: But it lacks believability. Could a person with that much blood loss even walk? Would they have made that foray without armed security people? And why wouldn't they have been in regular communication with other survivor groups?

Keeping Disney running seems less valuable than keeping a hospital running. If 20% of the population survived, you'd think there would be more of a semblance of government. Also, with 80% of the people gone, you'd expect much less need for looting.

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