Friday, May 5, 2017

Read Before Use, by Chinelo Onwualu

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(Post-Apocalypse) Satellite City will die if it can’t find a new source of power. Alia thinks the secret lies in a library of ancient books, but she needs results soon because her support is drying up. (5,334 words; Time: 17m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 16, published on .

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Pro: The irony that she finds the book but is unable to deliver it—or to save herself—is bitter. She thought Gilead loved her, and so she didn’t kill him when she had the chance, and then she dies for her mistake. And the city will not long survive her.

Con: The way Satellite City is described, it doesn’t seem like it will be much of a loss.

The narration is fairly intrusive, with lots of “telling” what ought to be “shown.”

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Seems like we're just scratching the surface of a lot of world-building here.