Saturday, March 11, 2017

Waste, by Mary Elizabeth Burroughs

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(Dystopia) Thirteen-year-old Eudora works on the Heap west of Sydney, where defective children of the upper class are dumped. But she’s whole and wants a better deal. (4,800 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 94, published on .

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Pro: This is the story of how Eudora found a cause worth fighting for. It's heartening that her guardian decides to support her rather than yelling at her for breaking into his tablet.

Con: Eudora seems very, very mature for a thirteen-year-old who’d been deprived of formal education.

It’s not clear why they disposed of a child that wasn’t visibly handicapped.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Interesting world, but not a lot happens. Eudora starts out confident, smart, and able to see treasure in what others discard, people and things. Seems like she would have found ways to help her Heap family regardless.