Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Warren, by Brian Evenson

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(Post Apocalypse) The last person in the Warren struggles with low supplies and failing hardware and seeks another person outside. (18,358 words; Time: 1h:01m)

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Pro: The setting is fascinating, the hints that X isn't really human are everywhere. It mentions his "flavescent blood" at one point, so we know it's yellow, not red. As the novella starts with him questioning what he is, it concludes when he (and we) realize he's an android of some sort.

Con: We never learn what we want to know about the things that made the story interesting. What happened to the world? Was it our world or an alien one? What was the purpose of the Warren? Why was Horak in suspended animation? What's he doing now? Very unsatisfying.

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