Monday, August 15, 2016

I Remember Your Face, by E.K. Wagner

(Post Apocalypse) Ket grew up after the bombs in a bunker with her anarchist parents. Now she's a bounty hunter, seeking a very special target. (7,100 words)

Rating: 3, Average

"," by appeared in the August 2016 issue of Apex Magazine (Issue 87), published .

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

Pro: The two halves of Ket's story mesh well together, and they mark a conclusion, of sorts, when Ket kills the man who killed her family. The crow has served as a sort of spirit guide for her, and when she kills it, it seems as if she's killing her soul.

"Corvus" means raven in Latin, so it's symbolic that Ket carries a crow as a reminder, and that, once Corvus is dead, she kills the crow as well.

Con: Even as a child, Ket isn't sympathetic. She approaches killing Corvus with almost no emotion. If she hadn't identified herself as a dissident, we'd have wondered if she even remembered him. As it is, it seems she barely cares.

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