Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Burned Away, by Kristen Simmons

Story illustration by Goni Montes
(Mainstream) 16-year-old Caris tries to investigate a labor riot to prove she's a journalist. She meets a boy who seems to enjoy it all too much. (4,872 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

Set in the world of the author's upcoming novel, "Metaltown," this story whets your appetite for the novel, but it's inconclusive by itself.

"," by (edited by Melissa Frain), was published on by .

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Pro: The writing is compelling enough that I'm actually interested in reading Metaltown. Caris and Matchstick are both interesting characters, and the setting has plenty of built-in tension.

Con: This is pretty shameless promotion of the novel in the guise of a story. Almost nothing is resolved here.

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